Just when you think the DC Universe can’t take anymore hits, especially when this superhero franchise needs another win in the worst way, this happens! In 2013, Man of Steel kicked off the DC Universe and Henry Cavill stepped into the blue suit and red cape for Zack Snyder’s interpretation of Superman and did so again in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and Justice League last year. Now it appears that Cavill’s time as the last son of Krypton has come to a close as reports are coming in that he will no longer suit up to play Superman in future movies.
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.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this: I’m disappointed and surprised, even though I shouldn’t be because the DC Universe is hemorrhaging and the prognosis appears critical because there is no one in sight to save it and turn it around. With Aquaman and Shazam! on the horizon, Wonder Woman 1984 behind them, Matt Reeves’ The Batman in production, Ezra Miller’s Flash movie, Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad 2 and other DC pictures in the works, things appeared to be looking up for this franchise but now, with the actor who played the character who initiated this franchise on his way out, I can’t exactly see anyway this franchise can be saved going forward. Heck, I doubt Kevin Feige can save the DC Universe at this point!
Cavill did a respectable job as Superman, considering the materials he was given to bring this character to life. Snyder’s vision to deconstruct the iconic character in these films, paired with below-average storytelling, not to mention the turbulence that came when Snyder was removed from Justice League, didn’t exactly help the franchise but Cavill did the best with what he was given and it’s a shame that he won’t get the chance to ride out on a high note with this character going forward. He is now the second actor who is projected to phase out of the DC Universe (Ben Affleck is reported to be in limbo as Batman and is trending toward exiting).
There is no word on who will be next to play Superman, let alone if the character will be a fixture in any DC movie going forward. There were reports that a Man of Steel sequel would be in development, but they may as well let that sink with the already sinking ship of this franchise. Just unbelievable! I wish the best for Cavill going forward.