Warner Bros. Releases Statement Regarding Henry Cavill's Future as Superman

Joann Johnston
September 12, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter story suggests Warner Bros. had hoped to recruit Cavill, who first played the Kryptonian in 2013's Man of Steel, for a small part in the Zacahary Levi-fronted film but talks broke down over "scheduling conflicts".

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Warner Bros.is going to need a new Superman, because The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Henry Cavill has stepped down from the role after negotiations with the studio fell through.

Cavill has appeared as Kal-El in three DCEU films: Man of Steel, which was released in 2013 and kickstarted the cinematic universe, the widely-panned Batman v. Superman (2016) and the under-performing Justice League, which was released a year ago.

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Warner Bros. has no current plans for another "Superman" film starring Henry Cavill, a person familiar with the studio's plans said Wednesday.

DC have Aquaman coming out this December, followed by Shazam in April 2019, and Wonder Woman 1984 in November 2019, but everything after that is still TBC. The actor's potentially final turn as the Man of Tomorrow was last year's Justice League, which saw the superhero resurrected in the final act and triumphantly save the day.

Warner Bros. still has several non-Superman titles in the works. At a recent investor conference, new WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said, "Some of our franchises, in particular at DC, we all think we can do better".

Meanwhile, Cavill is having a great 2018.

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