Henry Cavill is not contracted for any more DC movies, according to a report. The actor has been in the role of Superman since 2013’s Man of Steel and will star in 2018’s Shazam!
Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe, has not been contracted to star in any upcoming superhero movies.
Henry Cavill will not be a part of The Flash. According to a new report, the Superman actor has no plans to reprise the role anywhere in the DC Extended Universe, including the currently-in-production Flash film, which stars Ezra Miller as a time-traveling Barry Allen and the Batman (Ben Affleck) of his universe and the Dark Knight (Michael Keaton) of another dimension. Along with Miller’s Flash and the universe Batmen, there’s a costumed Kryptonian gathering, but it’s Supergirl (Sasha Calle), who is depicted in mainstream media as Superman’s Kal-super-powered El’s cousin.
In reaction to Internet rumors that Cavill will next appear in The Flash, scooper and TheWrap writer Umberto Gonzalez tweeted Monday, “He isn’t going to be in The Flash and in fact doesn’t presently have a contract to repeat Supes in any movie.”
Cavill first played Superman in the DCEU’s first film, Man of Steel, in 2013, before reuniting with director Zack Snyder for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the latter of which only recently released its long-awaited Snyder’s Cut, which restores the filmmaker’s vision for a resurrected black-suited Superman. Cavill said at the time that he was under contract for at least one more film when the first Justice League hit cinemas in 2017.
Cavill left his DC role in 2018 when talks fell down over a cameo appearance in Shazam! — in which Superman appears briefly, just from the neck down — THR claimed that this was owing to schedule problems with Cavill’s role as Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher. According to another source, Cavill’s agreement with The Witcher came after he was unable to negotiate fresh terms with Superman studio Warner Bros.
With a mysterious Instagram video in which he posed with a Superman toy while wearing a DC-themed t-shirt, the actor seemed to refute rumors of his departure. “We have made no current decisions about any future Superman films,” a WB spokesman stated at the time, adding that the company had a “great relationship and tremendous respect for Henry Cavill that continues to stay unaltered.”
Dany Garcia, Cavill’s manager and DC’s Black Adam star-producer Dwayne Johnson’s manager, tweeted to reassure enraged fans that “the cape is still in [Cavill’s] closet.” Cavill subsequently made a similar remark to Men’s Health magazine, saying: “The cape is tucked away in the closet. It’s still my property.” (Black Adam producer Hiram Garcia has subsequently recognized the fans’ desire for a Cavill Superman vs. Johnson Black Adam battle, stating that Garcia and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions are “doing all we can” to make it happen in a recent interview.)
“[The rumors] are becoming crazier by the day. The amount of conjecture I read on the Internet is astounding, and it can be irritating at times “When questioned about reports that he has — or hasn’t — struck a new contract to reprise his role as Superman, Cavill told Variety in July. “It’s when you see people claiming something to be true. ‘No, that’s not the case,’ they say. That hasn’t occurred, and that discussion isn’t going to happen.’”
Cavill went on to say: “But the main thing is that people are enthusiastic about it, and I believe that excitement for a figure like Superman is essential. Superman is an amazing superhero. It’s fine if people are discussing it, even if they are making things up, since it indicates they want to see the character again. In an ideal scenario, I’d want to reprise my role as the character.”
Warner Bros. attempted many times to persuade Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to create a Superman picture before he chose The Suicide Squad, but the director clarified that it would be “some kind of Superman movie” rather than the much-anticipated Man of Steel sequel. At least two Superman projects are in the works at the studio: a solo reboot from Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams, and Michael B. Jordan’s “Black Superman” series for HBO Max, as well as the Supergirl spin-off, which is expected to recast Calle in her Flash role.
The Flash, directed by Andy Muschietti, will be released in cinemas on November 4, 2022.
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