Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Henry Cavill exits DC Extended Universe role as Superman

Henry Cavill exits DC Extended Universe role as Superman

Henry Cavill is parting ways with Warner Bros. after negotiations for him to make a cameo appearance in Shazam! fell through, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner now focusing on a Supergirl origin story, The Hollywood Reporter said, and Ezra Miller's Flash standalone will begin filming in early 2019.

Superman is hanging up his red cape. As the studio attempts to shake up the struggling DC Universe, it is also prioritizing its Harley Quinn "Birds of Prey" spinoff, along with Todd Philip's stand-alone Joker film, and a "Wonder Woman" sequel.

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According to Deadline, the studio is eyeing a "Supergirl" movie thanks to the success of the CW series of the same name. Rumors about such a move swirled last week when it was announced that Cavill would be starring in Netflix's video-game adaptation The Witcher, and it does indeed appear that scheduling conflicts may have been the initial root of the problem. He reprised the role alongside Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League".

If true, Henry would not be able to reprise his role as the comics canon would see Superman be a infant in that timeline. The actor stands as the founding star of the DCEU given his work in Man of Steel, and his exit from the shared universe marks the end of an era.

It's quite possible, then, that Warner Bros. will have both a new Superman and a new Batman, following persistent, almost two-year rumors that Ben Affleck is finished playing the Dark Knight.

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