As soon as the story broke that Henry Cavill was out as Superman, other information regarding the actor's situation began to disseminate online. Some outlets confirmed that this is a done deal, others indicated Cavill's not done wearing the cape just yet, and Warner Bros. official statement offered no real clarity on the subject.
One of the more peculiar claims arrived in Deadline's report of the story. According to the Hollywood-based outlet, "The word has been out that Warner Bros. has been mulling a completely different direction with its Superman canon for some time, even considering casting Michael B. Jordan in the role down the road."
Many fans picked up on this bit of potential news and took to social media to voice their dissatisfaction over the possible casting. But, frankly, it's a little hard to believe. You see, every time a new superhero project gets announced, Jordan's name seems automatically linked to it. It's understandable, considering how he's starred in a few superhero flicks already, and he's a major star that every franchise wants to get into bed with.
This latest rumor, though, sounds like the broken telephone effect in action. We break it down into four realistic potential scenarios.
First, Jordan and Warner Bros. recently announced a new program to increase diversity and inclusion on both sides of the camera. The initiative has been "established in partnership with actor Michael B. Jordan, [and will] apply to all productions going forward, beginning with Jordan's Just Mercy".
It undoubtedly shows that Warner is high on Jordan, and we should expect to see him involved in the studio's blockbusters in the years ahead. It's also entirely possible that this piece of news crossed a few wires and someone made assumptions that it was a discussion about Superman. For all we know, Jordan may have joked in a meeting that he'd like to play the Man of Steel, and someone took it at face value.