Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Henry Cavill Exits Superman Role As Warner Bros. Shakes Up DC Universe

Henry Cavill Exits Superman Role As Warner Bros. Shakes Up DC Universe

Henry Cavill, core Justice League member and arguably one of the greatest on-screen superheroes to date, is ostensibly finished with Superman. According to one insider, the studio is now focusing on doing a Supergirl origin story starring a teen Supergirl, which would call for a younger actor playing Superman.

Earlier today, reports claimed negotiations between Cavill and Warner Bros. broke down after the studio tried to sign Cavill to a cameo role in the upcoming Shazam! The Post has put in requests for confirmation as well.

The 35-year-old actor, who portrayed the Man of Steel in three films, has parted ways with Warner Bros. and the DC Universe, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The news kind of came out of nowhere, but at the same time it was not completely unexpected.

Warner Bros. has since issued a statement in response to the reports, adopting the classic "nothing to see here" approach while stating their relationship with Cavill is still intact. The latter two struggled at the box office and were panned by critics.

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The studio's most successful effort has been Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, who will return in a sequel in 2019. Cavill is Kal-El. Cavill is Clark Kent. Cavill is Superman. The Harley spinoff "Birds of Prey" is reportedly a priority.

If Harington were to land that role, he would be following in the footsteps of former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) in making the leap from television to a huge big budget studio film. The latter two were panned critically, and "Justice League" was a box-office disappointment. The report suggests that Warner Bros. will use Cavill's exit, plus the increasingly likely departure of Ben Affleck as Batman to "reset" the DC franchise.

Additionally at Warner/DC, Todd Phillips is continuing his Joker film project with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role.

The studios focus is said to be turning to a new Supergirl movie, which would be set years before Man of Steel.

Cavill had a busy summer, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

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