By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
If you’ve been following our coverage of the DC Entertainment films, you know that they haven’t been critical successes. In fact, Justice League was not only critically panned but didn’t do very well at the box-office. Behind the scenes there has been massive moves with restructuring and retooling that you can’t help but believe the rumors that most of the current film universe is being swept under the rug.
This is the stuff that has fueled the rumors that Ben Affleck is done as Batman for years and will stoke the fires of the news that Henry Cavill is out as Superman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is parting ways with Warner Bros. after failed negotiations to have him cameo as Superman in the upcoming Shazam! film. This seems to have set off a chain of events which is closing the door on the actor playing the role.
What will Warners do now? According to THR’s source, the studio is going to focus on a Supergirl film instead and might feature an infant Kal-El. The source goes on to say that Superman is like James Bond where the role can be recast after a run and also reports that no Superman film is planned to be released for a number of years. THR then casually drops Ben Affleck is definitely out as Batman… but that rumor has been going on since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered so I’m taking that with a grain of salt.
That’s not where the rumors end for Superman, however. Deadline reports that WB is apparently toying with the idea of Michael B. Jordan playing Superman. It’s not so out of left field as it seems at first since there is a black Superman named Calvin Ellis in another part of the DC multiverse and there’s also Steel who was one of the four Supermen during the Reign of the Supermen storyline in the comics.
All of this news, however, may be a bit premature. Henry Cavill’s agent Dany Garcia responded to the news on Twitter. Here’s what she said:
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 Bros. responded to the story with a spokesman releasing the following statement:
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.
Here’s what this all sounds like to me: Warner Bros. has no idea what to do. The entire Worlds of DC universe is completely up in the air after the failure of Justice League at the box office. Wonder Woman did well and is getting a sequel with Wonder Woman 1984 so Warners definitely wants to hold on to Gal Gadot. My best guess is that the studio is mulling over what to do next and is open to doing away with Cavill but isn’t ready to make that call. I just hope through all of this the one thing on their mind is how to tell a good Superman story.