Ever since THR reported that Henry Cavill was stepping down as Clark Kent/Superman and leaving the DCEU because of a negotiation dispute over his intended cameo at the end of Shazam! — which, if you will remember, did include an appearance by Superman, but only from waist level — there has been no official word from Warner Bros. to the contrary. Cavill’s manager was quick to state that the classic red cape and boots were still in Henry’s closet, and even fellow Justice League-r Jason “Aquaman” Momoa said that his cast mate was “absolutely not” leaving the character he loved. Cavill himself even posted a rather bizarre Instagram video that seemed to imply that he was still Superman, at least in his own mind, and both his manager
More than a year after the first stories of Cavill’s departure from the role hit the ‘net, we’re no closer to learning the future of Superman. Aquaman proved that there was still hope for the DCEU, but Warner Bros. has subsequently moved away from the tonal universe created by Zack Snyder. Instead of a sequel, we’re getting a re-imagining of Suicide Squad after only one movie and it seems the same will be true of its spin-off movie, Birds of Prey (And the Fabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn). And, WB’s latest, Joker, does not even take place in the DCEU but some alternate timeline like Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy.
Fans continue to question the future of the franchise and, while WB is not saying, Cavill has finally addressed the rumors in a more straightforward and coherent manner in a recent interview with Men’s Health, putting to rest any notion that he is tired of the role by saying, “[Superman’s] still mine.”
I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros./DC Comics; Edit by Movie Nooz