First of all: Henry Cavill is no longer playing Superman. That was the news that The Hollywood Reporter broke, reporting that Warner Bros. has decided to no longer keep Cavill on board as the beloved DC superhero.
THR reported that Cavill would be hanging up the cape after playing the character in three films. Apparently Warner Bros. was looking to get Cavill to make an appearance as Supes in the upcoming Shazam! film, but that didn’t materialise. There’s also the matter of contract negotiations between Cavill’s reps and WB reportedly breaking down, leaving the studio with the option to focus on a Supergirl movie instead.
Word has been that WB is looking to “reset” the DC cinematic universe, which, to put it lightly, hasn’t gone very smoothly since Zack Snyder’s 2013 Superman film, Man of Steel. Ben Affleck is also reportedly done with playing the Dark Knight and won’t be in the Batman film being developed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes helmer Matt Reeves.
WB released the following vague statement after the THR story broke:
“We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged. Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films.”
So yeah, while it doesn’t outright say that the news is false, the studio’s statement does say that their “relationship” with the actor remains “unchanged.”
Deadline then came out with a report, writing that WB may even be considering “casting Michael B. Jordan in the role down the road.”
And then, to really drive fans into a frenzy, Cavill hit Instagram with the following video:
“Today was exciting,” Cavill posted, alongside the caption #Superman.
So, what in the name of Martha does this all mean?
Was this news Cavill’s attempt at showing WB that fans are indeed clamoring for him to stay on as Superman and to fork out that cash? And perhaps that video means WB ended up agreeing? Could Cavill’s post just be a sad, sarcastic post that’s actually saying goodbye to the character? Could the studio simply be looking to break the internet before finally announcing a Man of Steel 2? I guess we’ll find out, hopefully soon.
Stay tuned for whatever comes next.