It is being reported that Henry Cavill will be exiting his role as Superman/Clark Kent in the DC Extended Universe. Cavill began in the role starting with Zack Snyder’s 2013 reboot “Man of Steel.” Cavill’s departure appears to be coming at a time when Warner Bros. is reportedly revamping the entire future of the DCEU. The studio is now shifting its focus to the upcoming “Supergirl” movie, with plans to reintroduce a new Superman in the future.
According to reports “Supergirl” is now the top priority for Warner Bros. moving forward. If you remember back to August when news broke that Oren Uziel was hired to work on the script for the upcoming female-fronted movie. In the DC comic books, Supergirl is a teenager while Clark Kent is just an infant, so it would make sense that if they are introducing the character as a teenage heroine , then Cavill could be an issue since he’s an adult. It looks like however that Cavill is not expected to appear in the DCEU moving forward, which means a rumored cameo in April’s “Shazam” would not be happening.
Cavill has played Superman in three Warner Bros.-backed superhero films: “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice League.” While critics were favorable to his first outing as Superman, the two sequels were met with critical beatings and dwindling box office. Which if you ask me, and you have read any of my blogs about it, you know that it is because of a poor writing and lack of commitment to the spirit of Superman that has turned fans off. At the time of Cavill’s exit, Warner Bros. had still not formerly announced a “Man of Steel” sequel.
Another interesting report coming out of the DCEU is that the next Superman movie won’t happen for awhile, but Warner Bros. is planning to do a major change to the character when he is reintroduced, and that Michael B. Jordan is allegedly already being considered by the studio for the role.
Cavill most recently appeared opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and just booked the leading role in Netflix’s “The Witcher.” The actor’s departure from the DCEU arrives as rumors continue to percolate that his co-star, Ben Affleck, is also planning to exit his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Warner Bros. future DCEU titles include “Aquaman,” “Shazam,” and “Wonder Woman 1989.”