Superman will be played by a different actor when next we see him on the big screen.
After a tumultuous run as Superman, actor Henry Cavill is reportedly being cut out of future DC Entertainment Universe properties.
The beginning of the end for Cavill, who first appeared as the character in 2013’s Man of Steel, and DCEU allegedly took place when negotiations for a cameo in Shazam! broke down, according to THR. Shortly thereafter, the actor signed on to star in the Netflix series The Witcher, complicating measures further.
“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.
“There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work,” a studio insider told THR. “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.”
After the critical and box office failures of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the studio has also phased out Ben Affleck as Batman and will replace him in the long-awaited solo film directed by Matt Reeves— Though personally, we don’t think Cavill and Affleck were what was wrong with either of those films.
DC and Warner Bros. are also developing a Supergirl movie, which may or may not be related to the decision.
Still, the rest of the team continues on. Aquaman hits theaters in December, Wonder Woman 1984 is due out in November 2019, and a The Flash solo film is reportedly due to start filming early next year (though we remain dubious about that last one.)