The news on Wednesday that Henry Cavill may hang up his cape and walk away from the role of Superman sent social media into overdrive, but a new report contends the purported dispute between the actor and Warner Bros. is "invented."
Citing unnamed sources, TMZ asserts there's no actual conflict, because there's no Superman film in active development. The outlet suggests that while Cavill believes he should be paid more for the role, and turned down the planned cameo in Shazam!, he hasn't moved on from the Man of Steel.
That explanation would certainly seem to align with the nebulous statement released by Warner Bros. that read, “While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.” Fans might also see that reflected in the earlier tweet by Cavill's manager, Dany Garcia: “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet."
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However, the jury is still out on what message Cavill intended to send with his cryptic Superman-themed video.
The original report claimed that negotiations for the Shazam! cameo broke down between Warner Bros. and Cavill either due to a scheduling conflict -- the actor recently signed on to star in Netflix's The Witcher -- or because the studio would prefer to press the reset button on its so-called DC Extended Universe. The studio's focus, the thinking goes, would shift from a Man of Steel sequel to the planned Supergirl movie.