Reports say Henry Cavill exits DCEU, Warner Bros. refutes claims, fans react
An overview on the impact of Henry Cavill's exit from the DCEU
The DC cinematic universe is reportedly losing its Man of Steel. Reports that Henry Cavill exits his famed Superman role in the DC Extended Universe has left us all astound. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros’ attempts for a Superman cameo in Shazam! failed as contract talks broke down due to scheduling conflicts.
Now that Cavill has signed up for the lead in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, we probably won’t see a Man of Steel 2 either.
Cavill’s exit could also mean that we will be seeing Warner Bros’s new Supergirl movie that will explore the character origins. This essentially leaves out Superman’s role in the movie as it features Supergirl as a teenager in Krypton - whereas Superman will be an infant.
Amid these reports however, Warner Bros also released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that Cavill is not indeed exiting the role:
"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," a Warner Bros. spokesperson said.
While the above statement did not reveal much, Henry Cavill’s agent Dany Garcia however tweeted that “the cape is still in his closet” (!!!).
Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today.— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) September 12, 2018
These varying reports in one day has left fans confused and hopeful for an official confirmation from the studio and the actor. While some are fervently hoping the reports will be a rumour, others are looking forward to the announcement of the next actor who could play Supes - even though no Superman movie will be planned for several years according to DC.
Reminiscent of actor Toby Maguire leaving the Spiderman role, 24 year old Aswinraja from Chennai says “Henry will always be my Supes. I can't accept anyone else playing these roles.”
After the Zack Snyder snub and Justice League’s failure, this seems like yet another blow for DC fans. Film reviewer Gopinath says, “Henry Cavill was just a good actor stuck in the wrong suit (no pun intended). First it was Zack Snyder and now this. If this wasn't enough, there's the news of Ben Affleck leaving the universe for a long time. It's high time they rebooted the franchise.”
“This is bound to be a rumour as Henry Cavill as Superman definitely made his career,” says Tamizh, a student from Chennai.
Eeshaan, a DC comic book fan from Boston echoes the generation of DC fans’ emotions and says, “The only good thing about the entire series was the set of good actors who held the movie together even when the script was bad. I don't think anybody can carry the movie and the character forward like Henry Cavill did.”
Who should DC consider next for the role of Supes? Malavika, a DC movie buff from Bangalore says, “They must look at some Asians too for the role. A Vicky Kaushal or Fawad Khan could do justice too!” Aswinraja says Chris Evans would make for a perfect Superman.
As speculation is rife, we could look forward to one of these possibilities next:
- Supergirl storyline could take shape as the next Kryptonian focus
- A possible reviving of the rest of the DC superheroes?
- Casting of a black Superman
- Nicolas Cage as the next Superman?
Did I hear WarnerBros is looking for a new Superman? pic.twitter.com/dg9aUctw53— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) September 12, 2018
(Naah.. we're kidding!)
And finally here is Henry Cavill's reaction to the speculations: