Henry Cavill is leaving the role of Superman behind and this decision will result in quite the fallout for the DC Extended Universe. Before the DCEU was even born, it all began with Cavill's portrayal of Superman in Man of Steel, but after just three appearances, the universe is now without a Superman.
Cavill made appearances as Superman after his 2013 solo movie, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League, but there was never movement on a true sequel for him. Instead, there were reports that a now resurrected and course-corrected version of the character could appear in Shazam!. That cameo was never filmed though as Cavill and Warner Bros. dug in to contract negotiations. Despite having one film left on his deal, Cavill wanted to re-up now for larger paydays, while WB wanted to use the final appearance before giving him the raise. No cameo was filmed because Cavill appearing in Shazam! as a connecting point would only muddy the waters more if he never appeared again.
While Cavill and his manager seem to be teasing continued interest in the role, it seems Warner Bros. is ready to move on as Cavill goes to Netflix to star in The Witcher TV series - leaving the DCEU with a Kryptonian sized hole. WB is currently saying, "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." With possibly no Superman, what exactly would the DCEU look like moving forward in a post-Cavill world?
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Supergirl Takes Superman's Place in The DCEU
The same report that broke the news that Cavill is done playing Superman looks to have confirmed how DC will continue on. Even though they appear to be losing the bigger Kryptonian, WB is looking to make Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers aka Supergirl a major piece to their future. 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel was previously hired to write a script for the movie, which is reportedly an origin story. Despite some possible set up from Zack Snyder in Man of Steel, that doesn't appear to be the direction they're heading.
The exact details of Supergirl are not yet clear, but WB reportedly is very interested in finding a female director for the project. Without a Superman in the universe (and depending on how the studio decides to deal with the continuity of it all), Supergirl will effectively take his place. They share the same power sets, so Supergirl can easily step in and be the heavy hitter the universe may need from time to time. Additionally, Kara's youthful portrayal should make it easy to infuse her with the hopeful attitude many felt (to no fault of his own) was lacking from Cavill's Superman.
A Recast Superman In A Few Years
If Cavill does leave, it isn't likely that Superman will be seen on the big screen for quite some time. It hasn't even been a year since audiences last saw Cavill in the role (CGI upper lip and all). Although the circumstances upon the impending recasting are quite different, WB did wait four years between Christian Bale's final appearance as Batman in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises and Ben Affleck's first in 2016's Batman v Superman. A similar timeframe may be taken with Superman as well, making a potential recasting and reintroduction possible well after Supergirl gets made.
There are currently no plans for any future Superman movies or appearances, and in a few years, there could be some major names available to play the part. Who exactly could take on the part will depend on when the studio envisions bringing the Man of Steel back. It may be early in this process, but reportedly WB has already loosely considered Michael B. Jordan for the part, which would be a very different take on the character. Whoever the beneficiary to Cavill's exit is, we likely won't know who will next play DC's famous hero for several years.
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