Warner Bros continues to pour the dirt on the once promising DC/Snyder-verse. First Ben Affleck was out as Batman now Henry Cavill is out as Superman.
In some ways this is a good thing, but of Warner Bros and DC Entertainment was going to clean house they really should have just waited a few years a rebooted the entire universe. New actors, new directors, new everything. Instead of going into production on a stand-alone Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman sequel that could all potentially continue to lose the studio money.
Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Warners had been trying to enlist Cavill, who most recently co-starred in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, for a Superman cameo in Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi and will bow April 5. But contract talks between Cavill’s WME reps and Warners broke down, and the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.
That’s because the studio has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story featuring a teen superheroine. This effectively removes an actor of Cavill’s age from the storyline’s equation given that Superman, aka Kal-El, would be an infant, according to DC lore.
Furthermore, Warners isn’t likely to make a solo Superman film for at least several years, according to another source. “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” says a studio source. As such, Cavill will join Ben Affleck, who isn’t expected to reprise his role for director Matt Reeves’ forthcoming Batman stand-alone film, as a hero on the way out.
A Warners source says the Shazam! deal fell apart because of scheduling conflicts. And that is backed up by the fact that Cavill recently signed on to star in the Netflix series The Witcher. However, another source says that the Witcher commitment came after the Warners impasse, suggesting a change in Warners’ strategy.
Snyder’s dark take on DC’s most hopeful characters didn’t take with audiences, but it’s knee-jerk reaction to make them all goofy and cracking jokes in Justice League didn’t help either. Warner Bros deciding to just rip the band-aid off of the bleeding DC Cinematic Universe is jarring but needs to be done. Cavill was great as Superman, but for some he never captured the Christopher Reeve charm. As for Batman, Affleck played a good older Batman, but he was never meant to embark on a multiple film franchise, not with his character being as old as he was.
Warner Bros is expected to make an official announcement about the state of its DC films soon. Until they figure out what to do with their heroes, at least WB can rest assured their Conjuring cinematic universe is still going strong thanks to The Nun.
As for Cavill, he will be starring in the upcoming Netflix series, The Witcher.