Henry Cavill might be out as Superman, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel, according to a report out Wednesday.
As Warner Bros. turns its focus to a “Supergirl” movie – with any standalone “Superman” flicks on the back burner for a few years – scheduling conflicts appear to have scuttled plans for a Cavill cameo as the caped crusader in the upcoming “Shazam!” film, sources told the Hollywood Reporter.
A source said that the studio is trying to hit a “reset” button on its DC Universe and head slowly in a different direction.
“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” a studio source told the trade publication.
Reps for the studio and the actor did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday morning.
Cavill’s Superman was resurrected in the 2017 “Justice League” movie after sacrificing himself to save the world in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
The actor told The Times in December that he was contracted to do another Superman movie and felt hopeful about the role.
“There’s a wonderful opportunity to tell the Superman story,” he said at the time. “Now there is a fantastic chance to show Superman in his full colors and tell a very complex, character-driven movie that is based on story and have that wonderful sensation of hope and happiness.”
Cavill saw “Justice League” as a transformation from the previous film.
“I feel like this is the natural progression from the end of ‘Man of Steel’ into what he is now. This is a rebirth of the character, to coin the D.C. comics franchise right now: It’s a refresh.”
At that point, he had already signed up to be in the eight-episode Netflix series “The Witcher.”
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