Warner Bros and DC Films appears to be in reboot mode for their Superhero films. Actors Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are officially OUT as Batman and Superman in any future DC Films.
The roles will be recast at a future point. Director Matt Reeves never showed any real commitment to bringing Affleck on board of his new trilogy of Batman films. As for Cavill, Warner Bros have given him the run around since day one. He never got a proper Man of Steel sequel, got lost in the shuffle of the disastrous Justice League, and finally never got a contract extension to reprise Superman.
As for Affleck, he has been in and out of rehab and dealing with a divorce with his now ex, Jennifer Garner.
Studio insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that execs want to hit a “reset” button on their superhero films.
Deadline has reported that Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is first in line to be Cavill’s replacement as Superman, with studio Warner Bros “mulling a completely different direction with its Superman canon for some time.”
Apparently, Warner Bros still has no clue what to do with their stable of heroes if they want to make that choice.
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.”
It starts with getting someone who knows film and loves the heroes. It’s as simple as that.