HOLLYWOOD, NNC - The DC Cinematic Universe might be losing the "Man of Steel" aka "Superman". Henry Cavill, who had played as Superman in three of its franchise movies, split with Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter said on Wednesday (local time), Sept 12.
The British-born actor, who first wore the Superman costume in "Man of Steel" in 2013, and then made a return appearance in "Batman v Superman" in 2016, and the "Justice League" which aired last year, reportedly will hang the Superman cape.
Warners is trying to persuade Cavill, who recently played in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout,' to play a Superman cameo in "Shazam!", starring Zachary Levi and will premiere on April 5.
But negotiations between Cavill and Warners failed, and opportunities for other Superman appearances had closed.
“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run, you have to look at new actors,” a studio source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Cavill joins Ben Affleck who are unlikely to return to play in a stand-alone movie, Batman by Matt Reeves, considering Affleck's role as a bat-robed hero is likely to be replaced.
“There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous [Superman] movies didn’t work,” a studio insider said. Meanwhile, another insider said the studio is looking to “reset” the DC universe.
Although Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will no longer play in the movie franchise, other actors/actresses co-starring in the "Justice League" must continue to star in DC superhero movies.
Gal Gadot will return to play in the "1984 Wonder Woman" which will premiere in November 2019. While Jason Momoa is ready to star as Aquaman whose movie will be released in December this year. Ezra Miller will still star in the "Flash", which will start filming in early 2019.
Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich sought to revive DC Universe, which still occupies second place under the Marvel Universe in box office and critics praise.
Six years ago, when "The Dark Knight Rises" ended Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy, the DC superhero team still had an appeal. But now, only "Wonder Woman" spinoff by Patty Jenkins is considered promising from the DC superhero series.