According to a new report, studio may be ditching Superman altogether, shifting focus to Supergirl.
The 35-year-old actor has played Clark Kent and his superhero alter ego in three films: "Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League." THR reported neither Warner Bros. or the actor has confirmed so far, but said contract talks between the two parties broke down while trying to figure out how to get Cavill's Superman to make a cameo in April 5 release "Shazam!"
Cavill's rep has not yet responded to TooFab's request for comment. But there is still hope: the actor's manager shared a cryptic tweet Wednesday morning, stating "the cape is still in his closet."
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
Either way, the news shot to the top of Twitter on Wednesday, with both the actor's name and the beloved superhero dominating the top trends.
This blow to the franchise comes after Batman actor Ben Affleck reportedly walked away from his role, leaving Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman as most likely contender to become the new face of the DC movies, although THR also reported the studio has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie -- another origin story...yay. But it all makes some sense, considering "Wonder Woman" was the only movie in the franchise, so far, to receive critical acclaim. Both "BvS" and "Justice League" bombed with critics. "Man of Steel" got mixed reviews, standing with a 55 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the poor reviews for the films, Cavill was largely considered to be a good Superman, and his departure is making fans even more nervous about an already troubled franchise. And it doesn't appear that DC fans want Superman to disappear from the movies, either, although it sounds like THR may have gotten some details wrong, so we're eagerly anticipating some clarification from the studio and will update this post when we get it.
Take a Look at the Heartbreak Pouring Out
It breaks my heart that Henry Cavill never got to star in a Superman movie made by a filmmaker who understands Superman. The guy has everything the character needs – and he kept being pushed in the wrong direction.— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) September 12, 2018
Henry Cavill isn't Superman anymore.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) September 12, 2018
It's not even 9 am but today is over. pic.twitter.com/B9piKBFDzB
I’m not emotionally prepared to live in a world where Henry Cavill isn’t Superman. He genuinely loves and cares for that character so much. WB is trash and I hate them. pic.twitter.com/0nPuvb4id2— c. (@rogerscavill) September 12, 2018
Y'all wasted the best Superman we ever had and probably ever will have. Y'all also wasted Affleck as Batman. You made the worst movie of all time with Suicide Squad and Aquaman looks like hot garbage. I'm so done https://t.co/gdRVHWkr6M— Brady Powell (@powellbradyc) September 12, 2018
I’m a Superman guy. Superman was THE ICON for DC for me growing up. Just, wow. What’s done is done. So nuts.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) September 12, 2018
We are the losers here. Cavill was a great Superman. This is exhausting. https://t.co/ZJlIPcGIUV— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) September 12, 2018
Warner Bros. really has no clue what it's doing. Cavill was perfectly cast as Superman and with a better director at the helm, Man of Steel would have been amazing (instead of just solid). pic.twitter.com/kMmpwaMZ96— Jamie O'Grady (@JamieOGrady) September 12, 2018
So just to recap:— Jeremy (@SauronsBANE) September 12, 2018
• Cavill is perfectly cast as Superman
• Nobody lets him *be* Superman
• The response is, ah, mixed and his death barely registers
• People *finally* like him in JUSTICE LEAGUE
•Cavill peaks with MI: FALLOUT
• WB refuses to fast track a Superman sequel
Henry Cavill was such an amazing Superman. pic.twitter.com/vPkMiGj3H4— ŁĘĘ 💬 (@_leecmorgan) September 12, 2018
And Some Are Just Plain Funny
I guess the timing wasn’t right for a movie about an immigrant refugee journalist fighting a deranged billionaire in the name of truth itself. Next time, Superman.— Jeff Loveness (@JeffLoveness) September 12, 2018
When you are launching a DC Universe streaming service and your Batman and Superman actors quit but you got 2 Joker films and Starfire in a bad wig to balance it out. pic.twitter.com/H2dMgtDsIg— The Villain. (@DennyVonDoom) September 12, 2018
Ugh. We had the best modern Superman and Batman and WB blew it. They blew it. https://t.co/3YPHo5IO5M— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) September 12, 2018
Did I hear WarnerBros is looking for a new Superman? pic.twitter.com/dg9aUctw53— Heather Antos (@HeatherAntos) September 12, 2018
BREAKING: scarlett johansson set to replace henry cavill as superman/clark kent— laurel (@dinahlnces) September 12, 2018
We've got someone in mind for the next Superman... 😉 pic.twitter.com/GPxael0BDL— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 12, 2018
BREAKING: Talented actor Henry Cavill reportedly has better things to do than be in terrible DC movies.— Jared Petty (@pettycommajared) September 12, 2018
Black Superman: “Ma’am, I rescued your cat from a tree. Have a nice day.”— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) September 12, 2018
Police: “Drop the cat and put your hands in the air! Don’t talk back to me!”
Woman: “He tried to steal my cat!”