- Henry Cavill will no longer play Superman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- THR reported Wednesday that negotiations fell apart for Cavill to make a cameo in “Shazam!” next year.
- Warner Bros. will focus on a Supergirl movie instead, according to THR.
- Warner Bros. said in a statement: “While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”
It’s up, up, and away from Superman for the actor Henry Cavill.
Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday that Cavill would not play Superman in future films. THR reported that negotiations broke down between Cavill and Warner Bros. over a cameo in next year’s “Shazam!” because of scheduling conflicts and said that “the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.”
A Warner Bros. representative said in a statement to Business Insider: “While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”
Cavill appeared in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” this summer and was recently cast in a Netflix adaptation of the “Witcher” book series.
According to THR, Warner Bros. is instead focusing on a Supergirl movie, which would most likely write out Cavill’s Superman from the film mythology.
Cavill appeared as Superman/Clark Kent in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and last year’s “Justice League.” The latter two were panned critically, and “Justice League” was a box-office disappointment.
THR quoted a studio insider as saying that “there’s a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.”
Warner Bros. has been rethinking its superhero-film strategy after “Justice League.” Rather than belong to a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, future films are likely to focus on standalone stories, similar to “Wonder Woman,” which only briefly alluded to a connection to a larger film universe.
“Aquaman” comes to theatres in December and will most likely distance itself from “Justice League,” while “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Joker,” and “Shazam!” are set to debut next year. A solo Batman movie is also in development that may or may not star Ben Affleck back in the title role.