Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter say that Cavill and Warner Bros. have parted ways after contract talks over a cameo in Shazam! fell through. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cavill is set to end his run (fly?) as Superman on the big screen. The DCEU is dropping actors left and right, which sort of makes sense given how divisive and just plain not that good Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League turned out to be.
However, according to the publication, a Warner Bros. rep said their relationship with the star "remains unchanged".
Warner Bros.is well aware of how many people are now displeased with the state of their DC franchise, and are apparently trying to find different angles to change that. This seems unlikey, with many fans already thinking Warner Bros. shifted too far away from comic book canon with the recent Cavill films.
The actor took to Instagram Wednesday evening to respond to the news he would no longer be appearing as Superman, without actually saying anything. You may find nothing amusing about a bunch of conflicting reports, half-ass denials, and Henry Cavill listening to dogs sing him a song while holding a Superman action figure and staring down a camera.
Cavill and Warner Bros. are yet to respond to the report.
Cavill recently starred in Mission: Impossible - Fallout and it was announced last week that Henry has been cast in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.
But with Cavill apparently out, and Ben Affleck rumored to also be ready to hang up the cape and cowl, Warners and the folks behind the DC films are presented with an opportunity to soft-reboot the series. Among the plans is a solo Supergirl movie rather than another Superman.
Several of DC Comic's superhero movies, including "Justice League" and "Batman v Superman", have been unpopular among critics. Given the DC timeline, Superman would be a baby at the time of that film. Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984 is due out in November 2019.
But Michael B. Jordan could certainly fill the role of Superman in other projects.
One reason for his reported exit, notes THR, has to do with scheduling conflicts.