Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck step down as Superman, Batman respectively

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck step down as Superman, Batman respectively

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that talks had broken down for a Cavill cameo in the upcoming Shazam! movie, and he is now set to walk away amid a big shake-up to the DC Extended Universe.

Yes, that is a video of Henry Cavill slowly raising a Superman action doll to the camera, not saying anything while music (specifically a version of The Blue Danube mixed with dog barking sound effects) plays in the background. In addition, Henry Cavill could be on United Kingdom time, which is five hours ahead, so he would have been the first to have spotted the news, more than likely before his manager and could have even called Garcia to wake her up. Similar to the show Supergirl, Warner Bros. will likely want to establish Supergirl as her own entity in the DCEU before actually pairing her up with Superman.

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What this really tells me is that, despite Warner Bros. claiming that no decision has been made regarding Henry Cavill, that enough outlets have enough separate sources to at least indirectly confirm that the actor may, in fact, be headed of in his own direction. Immediately recasting Henry Cavill as Superman would be risky, as it could further divide a good portion of their fans, so it's understandable why Warner Bros. are taking the Supergirl route instead.

Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN. Will there be backlash against Warner Bros for not re-signing Henry Cavill as Superman? The actor starred in three films: 2013's Man of Steel, 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017's Justice League.

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Cavill appeared in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" this summer and was recently cast in a Netflix adaptation of "The Witcher" book series. Rumors had posited that Cavill's Superman was to potentially be a lynchpin to the DCEU the same way Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury was for Marvel Studios, although that idea may now be scrapped. While WB has no current plans to make a sequel to Man of Steel, Cavill is still ready to don the cape, whenever the time is right. The studio is in a similar situation with Batman, as Affleck is not expected to reprise the role in Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman". But if Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman 1984 deliver a hot streak for DC and WB, then we think we'll see a Superman movie back in the mix somewhere down the line.

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