Henry Cavill confirms in a social media post that he is OUT as the Man Of Steel, despite returning to the role in Black Adam.
We heard rumors last week that cast doubt on actor Henry Cavill continuing to play Superman. The actor returned to play the character only two months ago in a mid-credits cameo in Black Adam. Cavill even went onto social media to inform the world that he was back as the Man Of Steel once again. But now, he has confirmed that he has hung up his cape. During a meeting with the new heads of the DCU, James Gunn, and Peter Safran, he was informed that they would be going in a new direction instead of carrying on with him.
It appears as if the plan is to have a younger Superman, in his early years as the Man Of Steel, which excluded Cavill from continuing to play the role. James Gunn himself is said to be directing the new film. But in a bizarre twist, Gunn says he still has plans for Cavill in the DCU, maybe playing an older version of Superman or a different character altogether. However, it appears that Cavill has conceded his time is up.
HENRY CAVILL’S STATEMENT
Now that Henry Cavill has been officially removed as Superman, the questions are starting to be answered. And not in a good way. It certainly seems that by this time next year, after Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom has been released, the SnyderVerse and the actors that play the characters within will be gone. Erased by the new regime. It certainly doesn’t bode well for Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, or Ezra Miller as The Flash (he probably would have been out regardless, thanks to his recent behavior.) We already know that Wonder Woman 3 is dead in the water. Batgirl got canned unceremoniously, and a rumored Batman Beyond film featuring Michael Keaton as an Older Bruce Wayne/ Batman is off.
It has been touted that Ben Affleck will be onboard the new DCU but in a directing capacity only, meaning his time in the Batsuit is also over. While we have to wait until the new year to get a clearer picture of what is planned, it does appear that the entire DCU will be rebooted. That could have consequences for John Cena as Peacemaker, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. This is despite Gunn being behind the Peacemaker series as well as discussing new movies featuring Robbie in her role as Quinn.
Are we to assume that the pair of actors are also being shown the door as part of this new dawn? The only characters that are safe at the moment are Robert Pattinson as Batman in the Matt Reeves movies, and Joaquin Phoenix as Joker. Why? Because these films are OUTSIDE of Gunn and Safran’s control.
Why I can understand and even appreciate the need for change, especially when it comes to pushing the reset button, I have to admit I’m annoyed by the news. Not only because the actors I’ve come to love and appreciate as the cream of the crop when it comes to the DCU are out, but also because of how and why it’s been done. To be honest, I truly believe they’ve done the dirty on Henry Cavill. We heard that Warner Bros was opposed to bringing him back in Black Adam, but that star Dwayne Johnson (who is also now probably out) wouldn’t budge in bringing him back.
Why would they tell him to announce to the world that he was back as Superman, only to remove him from the role two months later? It makes no sense. At all. To put it simply, it is an extremely s****y thing to do to the actor. And shows that the DCU, no matter how they reset or reboot it after 2023, is anything but secure. DC had the chance to beat Marvel at its own game. Instead, it acted like Batman and retreated back to the dark shadows. I will wait to hear Gunn and Safran’s pitch for the future in the new year. But after this, it certainly doesn’t fill me with confidence. Goodbye, Henry Cavill. You deserved better. We deserve better. But thank you for making me believe once again that a man could fly.
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