Henry Cavill's Future As Superman In Doubt
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill is parting ways with the DCEU and won't be reprising his role as Superman in any further movies. Sources at THR claim the Cavill had been courted for a cameo in Shazam!, but he was unable to participate due to his Mission Impossible Fallout commitments. Warner Bros issued a brief statement that only serves to fuel speculation of Cavill's future as Superman.
“We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged. Additionally, we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films”.
Warner Bros are allegedly pretty miffed that Cavill couldn't make a cameo work, so much so that "the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances". Rumour has it that a Supergirl film is on the fast-track which could lay the groundwork for a rebooted Superman. Michael B Jordan (Black Panther) has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but Warner Bros has no plans to make another Superman film any time soon, so we'll have to wait and see how this one pans out.
After years on the backburner, a direct sequel to Man of Steel was looking likely as Warner Bros hired new writers to crack the script. However, a year on and the movie is now closer to happening with Cavill's last update (back in April) being somewhat vague.
“I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening. It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell. There is a whole style of Superman’s character that I’m very keen to tell and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
The DCEU is going through a lot of changes behind the scenes with more focus on making good standalone movies rather than cram six films worth of material in one bloated mess. Patrick Wilson's man bun aside, Aquaman looks like it could be a lot of fun if the film lives up to the trailer. Wonder Woman 1984 sells itself thanks to the legions of fans that made the first one a record-breaking blockbuster. Swapping the fun for a moody tone, Todd Philips' standalone Joker has Joaquin Pheonix as Batman's mortal enemy with Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Robert De Niro along for the ride.
In less than a year, the DCEU has gone from crumbling to rebuilding the foundations, regardless of your feelings towards the films thus far it's a bold move from Warner Bros. A Supergirl movie fits with the new direction the DCEU is taking (and long overdue), but I hope Cavill gets another shot. That said, Ben Affleck seems unlikely to return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman, so maybe now is as good as time as any to hit reset.