Not so fast. Yesterday, word spread like wildfire that Henry Cavill was out as Superman in Warner Brothers’ DC superhero movies, but his manager quickly reacted, stating that Cavill was still attached to the role for upcoming movies. Cavill originally signed on for four pictures and has already appeared in three– ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Justice League’. It seems the rumor that he was done with the role stemmed from his inability to film a cameo for ‘Shazam!’ due to scheduling issues. Thing went so far as to suggest that WB planned to recast the part of Superman with ‘Black Panther”s Michael B. Jordan.
One of Cavill’s managers, Dany Garcia took to Twitter to shoot down rumors of him being cut out of the comic book franchise:
Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today.
— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) September 12, 2018
Warner Brothers has also gone on the record about keeping Cavill saying:
“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.”
One thing that unfortunately is clear is that WB doesn’t actually have plans for this version of Superman. ‘Justice League’ was meant to be two films, but after the first floundered at the box office, it doesn’t seem as though WB is rushing to make a sequel. And talk of a proper sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ is just that– talk. There’s been no movement that would indicate that it’s actually happening.
Instead, WB is planning a ‘Supergirl’ movie, which further fueled the talk that Cavill was out, as the plan is for his super cousin to be a teenager in her movie. WB is reportedly eyeing Reed Morano, whose upcoming sci-fi drama ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ is generating a ton of buzz, to direct. Oren Uziel (‘The Cloverfield Paradox’) is working on the script.
So while WB doesn’t seem to have a concrete plan for the cinematic Man of Steel, viewers can expect at least one more appearance from this version of Superman.