Henry Cavill Exits Superman While DC Eyes Supergirl As Next Priority

Kryptonite and scheduling issues: Superman's only weaknesses.

Henry Cavill looks to be hanging up the red undies and cape, as the word is Warner Bros. will not be making any more films with him as Superman in the DC Extended Universe.

At this stage, there are just a LOT of rumours, but from what it looks like, Cavill is stepping aside while the studio continues its efforts to refocus the DC Comics properties. The current priority when it comes to Kryptonians is a Supergirl script, which Oren Uziel has been working on since August.

There's also word that Warner has been eyeing Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan to step into the role further down the track, but how that would work in a broader sense of DC's slate of films remains to be seen.

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Cavill played the role of Superman for five years, debuting in 2013's Man of Steel and appearing in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the ensemble film Justice League.

His appearance in Justice League became a point of controversy when it was revealed his contract for Mission: Impossible - Fallout meant he was unable to shave a moustache to film reshoots for DC. The result was a now famously viral Frankenstein CGI upper-lip which drew a ton of criticism.

Henry Cavill Exits Superman While DC Eyes Supergirl As Next Priority
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations for Cavill to film a cameo in the upcoming Shazam! film fell apart when his schedule couldn't make it work, which also saw the opportunity for further Superman appearances dwindle.

Cavill isn't the only big name who looks to be departing the Justice League, Ben Affleck has reportedly had one foot out the door since his debut in 2016's Batman v. Superman.  Affleck was set to star in an upcoming solo film for his iteration of Bruce Wayne, but that is looking less and less likely.

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Meanwhile, the studio continues to focus on Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman sequel set to hit theatres in November 2019, as well as the upcoming Aquaman film releasing this December. There are also a handful of films in the works outside the DC Extended Universe based on DC comic characters like the Joaquin Phoenix Joker vehicle.

While Cavill has yet to confirm his departure from the super role, Warner released a statement saying, "We have a great relationship and great respect for Henry Cavill that continues to remain unchanged."

"Additionally we have made no current decisions regarding any upcoming Superman films."

Featured image: Warner Bros. Pictures.