Henry Cavill will no longer be Superman in the DC Universe

Henry Cavill will no longer be Superman in the DC Universe

Henry Cavill will no longer be Superman in the DC Universe

The studio also has Shazam! due out next April, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros was not able to work out a Cavill cameo for that film.

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.

Cavill first played Superman in 2013 in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, where the hero committed a taboo by breaking character and killing General Zod.

Warner Bros. has also "shifted its focus" toward producing a Supergirl origin story, says the Hollywood Reporter. This drastic change in direction would be one of the many ideas Warner Bros. apparently has planned for the universe down the road.

Cavill isn't the only member of the Justice League that might be revoking their membership, as a new contender to potentially replace Ben Affleck as Batman has emerged. To date, the only universally successful DC-pegged release was 2017's Wonder Woman, which landed both with critics and at the box office. Just looking at a clean-shaven Henry Cavill, it's hard not to picture him with those red and blues with an S shield on his chest.

Asked if he was intimated by the responsibility, Henry explained: "I don't think there's an intimidation to it as such".

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Another Irishman, Cillian Murphy, is in contention for the part and is priced at 10/1 to be named the next Man of Steel along with Armie Hamer, Channing Tatum, and Donald Glover.

Cavill's manager Dany Garcia, however, seemed to deny the report.

Empire has contacted Warner Bros for comment.

According to Deadline, the studio is eyeing a "Supergirl" movie thanks to the success of the CW series of the same name. Following his brilliant turn in Mission: Impossible - Fallout and his appointment as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher show, it looks like the actor's time in the DC Extended Universe is coming to an end.

While it's certainly possible that Warner Bros. might consider a black retelling of the Superman legend (and who could be better for the lead than the versatile, endlessly charismatic Jordan?), there are other routes the studio could take.

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