Warner Bros. has released a statement about Henry Cavill’s future as Superman in the so-called DC Extended Universe, but it doesn’t provide the kind of clarity that many fans might have hoped.
“While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films,” the studio said in a statement relayed to The Hollywood Reporter, “we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”
That follows the outlet’s report earlier today that Cavill, who debuted as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, would walk away from the role after negotiations broke down for a cameo in Shazam!
Cavill’s manager, Dany Garcia, tweeted, “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet,” and told fans to anticipate a statement from Warner Bros. However, the one released is so vague it’s unlikely to quell any concerns.
According to THR’s original report, there are conflicting accounts as to why talks broke down, with one source suggesting it was a matter of scheduling conflicts, while another pointed to the studio’s desire to press the reset button on the cinematic universe. Director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was retroactively made the kickoff of the DCEU, which aside from Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, has experienced difficulty in finding the critical and commercial success Warner Bros. anticipated.
Now, the thinking does, the studio would instead prefer to focus on a Supergirl film, rather than a Man of Steel sequel.
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