UPDATE: Collider has learned from Henry Cavill's team that the actor did not request director and script approval for Man of Steel 2.
Last September, it was reported that Henry Cavill had exited from his role as Superman in Warner Bros.' so-called DC Extended Universe after the star and the studio failed to reach a contract agreement.
Now, thanks to a new rumor from Revenge of the Fans, it's possible we might know part of the demands that Warner Bros. and Cavill's representation couldn't agree on. If the rumor is to be believed, talks fell through after Cavill asked for director and script approval for Man of Steel 2, among other things.
"Ever since they hit that brick wall in September, it’s been explained to me that the big hurdle were the demands put forth by Cavill’s team," Revenge of the Fans writes. "Things like a Producer credit, Director Approval, and Script Approval, aside from the customary raise." Of course, this is still a rumor, and should be treated as such -- but it's one that actually makes sense.
From 2013's Man of Steel to 2017's Justice League, most fans have agreed that Cavill has the makings of a great Superman, but that he was never given the proper chance to shine as a hope-filled Superman. Given that the actor has proven many times before that he has a great handle on the characteristics that define Superman, it would make sense for him to request a script approval, to make sure that his next film gives fans a classic take on Superman.
While the news of Cavill's exit was widely reported in September, it's also important to note that it was never exactly confirmed either. Soon after the news broke, Cavill's manager insisted that the actor still had the opportunity to put on the Last Son of Krypton's red cape, while other reports claimed that all of the drama between Cavill's camp and Warner Bros. was fake.
Recently, Cavill was cast as Geralt of Rivia for Netflix's television adaptation of The Witcher, which further fueled talks that the actor was done with his DCEU role. However, that hasn't stopped Cavill from continuing to associate himself with Superman, leading some to believe that the star simply isn't done with Big Blue yet.
Henry Cavill isn't the only actor who has faced conflicting reports about his departure from the DCEU. Ever since the release of Justice League, the future of Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman was put in doubt. The rumors finally stopped last week when it was confirmed that the actor would not be returning as the Caped Crusader for the Matt Reeves-directed solo Batman film. Instead, a younger actor will be cast in the role.
Speaking of rumors, there were talks that Henry Cavill's Superman could appear in David F. Sandberg's Shazam! in a cameo capacity. Right now, odds are unlikely, but we'll know for certain once the Zachary Levi-starring film hits theatres on April 5.