The sun reportedly has set on Henry Cavill’s career as Superman.
Five years after appearing in what would be the first of his three films as the Man of Steel, The Hollywood Reporter says the British actor is hanging up his red cape.
Wednesday’s report came after talks between Warner Bros. and Cavill broke down for a cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam!, currently slated for release next April.
”While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.” -Warner Bros. statement
Hours after the news, Cavill posted a cryptic video to his Instagram account in which he held up a Superman doll.
If true, Cavill joins Ben Affleck (Batman) as actors recently exiting the DC Universe, which, for several years has been playing second fiddle to the more popular and critically-acclaimed Marvel comic book franchise. The most recent DC comics film, Justice League, earned a spot on The Reelness’ Worst Ten Films of 2017. (See the entire list here: https://www.thereelness.com/2018/03/16/the-worst-10-movies-of-2017/) In it, Cavill’s Superman is relegated to that of a supporting character, a move which was as frustrating for Superman/Cavill fans, as was the studio’s weird digital removal of his moustache, which he had grown for his part in Mission Impossible – Fallout (as seen in the GIF below).
Score one for the moustache!
A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that with Warner Bros. now focusing on other DC Universe characters (Supergirl, Aquaman, The Flash), it would have been several years before there would be another solo Superman movie anyway.
But fear not, Cavill fans. The handsome 35-year-old, fresh off the heels of his Mission Impossible role, has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix fantasy series, The Witcher, about a monster hunter that develops supernatural abilities to battle deadly beasts. It is based on a series of popular novels and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.