After a much ballyhooed appearance in the terrific Mission Impossible: Fallout, Henry Cavill’s stock has seen quite a rise this year – a fine turn of events for the actor post-Supermustache. He’s started to cash in on it to some degree, taking the lead role in Netflix’s adaptation of the Witcher gaming franchise, but there were still some that were hoping he might finally get a chance to play the kind of Superman (in a solo film) that the end of Justice League promised.
Well, according to THR, that’s probably not going to happen, as negotiations between Cavill and the studio have completely broken down over the possibility that he would return for a cameo in next year’s Shazam!. And now it seems as though the door is closing on any other appearances in the future, as WB is focused on instead creating a Supergirl film that will focus on her origin…and while one could easily see a place for Cavill to appear in that film in some capacity, it doesn’t look to be in the cards.
The more pressing issue is that the studio simply isn’t aiming to produce another Superman film for a number of years, and the ongoing delay to any potential project of that nature, basically puts to bed any possibility we’ll be seeing the character grace screens again any time soon.
So with that said, if all holds, it looks like Cavill is following Ben Affleck into the sunset in terms of their DC tenures. The complicating factor of course being that Gal Gadot remains a huge hit as Wonder Woman and there’s every possibility that Jason Momoa’s solo Aquaman appearance will strike a chord too. Ezra Miller is also still scheduled to start filming a Flash standalone this Spring. So a reboot of the franchise just isn’t possible, my guess remains Shazam basically replaces Superman for a while, and Matt Reeves Batman (if it happens) is a younger Batman. Allowing all the current pieces to remain in place until the whole thing runs its course.
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