Henry Cavill Reportedly Out as SUPERMAN as Warner Bros. Shakes Up Their DC Extended Universe Yet Again

The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting talks between actor Henry Cavill to return for more appearances as Superman has fallen through and the actor will allegedly no longer be the iconic superhero in the studio's DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Neither Cavill or the studio confirmed this fallout, but THR is as reputable as they come with Hollywood insider news.

Warner Bros. wanted Cavill to cameo in next year's SHAZAM! movie but scheduling became an issue for the actor, due to his new leading role in Netflix's THE WITCHER series, so the studio decided it was time to move in a different direction.

That direction is a refocusing of its Superman efforts into bringing SUPERGIRL to the big screen. With Cavill being Superman in three films in the DCEU, adding Supergirl into the mix would just mean another character with the same exact power-set. THR writes:

"That's because the studio has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story featuring a teen superheroine. This effectively removes an actor of Cavill's age from the storyline's equation given that Superman, aka Kal-El, would be an infant, according to DC lore."

Now, DC fans have a movie universe which is moving forward without Cavill as Superman and more-than-likely without actor Ben Affleck as Batman. The big take here is how Warner Bros. cannot simply 'wipe the slate clean to start over' due to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman success, Jason Mamoa's AQUAMAN movie releasing this December, and Ezra Miller's THE FLASH movie set to begin production in early 2019. 

A DCEU without Superman and Batman will feel a bit 'off' now as they are two of world's biggest superhero characters, although writer and director Matt Reeves' planned BATMAN movie seems to be recasting its leading role so at least the Caped Crusader will live on, albeit, in the form of another actor in the coming years. Meanwhile, Cavill got a raw deal here as the writing for his version of Superman was never the right one from the beginning and he will never get that chance to portray a better version of the hero. 

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