Henry Cavill Is Done Playing Superman, Justice Will No Longer Dawn
Henry Cavill, our Man of Steel for the past five years – and the first to rock an invisible mustache – has hung up his cape, seemingly for good.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is exiting the DC Extended Universe after negotiations broke down regarding a cameo in next year's Shazam! — which makes the recent news of Cavill starring in Netflix's fantasy series The Witcher make a lot more sense!
For its part, Warner Bros., THR reports, doesn't seem all that eager to recast Cavill. Its next Super-effort will be Supergirl, a film that at this stage reportedly doesn't involve a Man of Steel (because he's an infant at the time the story is set). Taken together, it all seems like another step in the long, awkward dance that is the divorce between Warner Bros. and the idea that we call the "DC Extended Universe." While Cavill might be the first official exit, it's been presumed that Ben Affleck has been out for months now and is just politely trying to keep from rocking the boat until director Matt Reeves is ready to talk about his standalone take.
That means three movies are left in the remains of the cinematic universe that Cavill started with Man of Steel: This year's Aquaman, Shazam! in the spring of next year, and Wonder Woman: 1984 in the summer. (There's also still a Flash movie scheduled to begin shooting next year, with Ezra Miller reprising his role, but as with all things regarding DC movies right now, believe it when you see it.) This is how a cinematic universe ends: not with a bang, but with three movies trying to salvage a failed crossover and the weirdest damn Joker movie you've ever heard of.