As reported by Hollywood Reporter (see their article here), Henry Cavill has quit his role as our Man of Steel. That’s right, DCEU just lost its Superman. Cavill’s schedule had been getting more hectic as he agreed to a role in Netflix’ “The Witcher” series. There was talk about a Superman cameo in the upcoming “Shazam!” movie, coming out April 5th, however, scheduling conflicts have instead closed the door on the actor’s continuation in the DC movie universe.
The studio is now shifting focus away from cameos to work on the upcoming Supergirl movie, which will be her teenage origin. This timeline effectively removes Cavill because Kal-El would have been an infant at this time, according to DC Lore.
This isn’t all since talk has it that there will not be a Superman movie for several years to come now. “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” says a studio source. This means that Cavill now joins Ben Affleck, Batman in the Matt Reeves’ directed stand-alone Batman movie, as a hero on the way out, capes left on the table.
What do these changes mean for the movie universe? Well, Warner Bros will have to make changes in their marketing strategies. With the focus no longer on Superman whatsoever, this is a chance for Warner Bros to give more attention to the several upcoming movies in their roster. Gal Gadot is returning for Wonder Woman 1984, to hit theaters in November 2019. Jason Momoa headlines a solo Aquaman movie this December. As well as Ezra Miller still being on board to begin shooting for the upcoming Flash movie in 2019.
When asked about the studio, new WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said, “Some of our franchises, in particular at DC, we all think we can do better.”
With Cavill leaving Superman behind, what will come of our Man of Steel? Rumors and talk circulate, but only time will tell. The future of the DCEU is up in the air as the new focuses are coming to light. Will these dramatic changes help or hinder them? DC has been behind Marvel movie after movie, and this will bring about a large change. Let’s hope that it works the way CEO Stankey thinks it will. Once again, this was reported first at Hollywood Reporter!