Earlier this week, it was reported that Superman star Henry Cavill will be leaving the DC Universe after negotiations to cameo in the upcoming Shazam broke down. With no further Superman movies planned and the studio seemingly changing direction, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Cavill was unlikely to play the Man of Steel again.
DC’s parent company Warner offered an initial statement that, while not denying the news, did state that “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films.” In addition, his manager Dany Garcia tweeted that “the cape is still in his closet.”
Now Cavill himself has “commented” with a bizarre video which he posted to his Instagram page. In the video, Cavill, who is wearing a ‘Krypton Lifting Team’ shirt, slowly lifts a Superman doll into frame, while a canine-powered version of Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” plays in the background. The post is captioned “Today Was Exciting.” Your guess is as good as ours. Check it out below:
THR’s story stated that the Shazam negotiations failed due to scheduling issues, potentially with the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher that Cavill was recently cast in. The site also states that there is a Supergirl movie in the works, which will be an origin story featuring a “teen superheroine,” a storyline that is unlikely to have a place for an adult Superman.
In any case, it seems that the DC Universe is undergoing yet another shake-up. While Shazam, the upcoming “, and next year’s Wonder Woman 1984 are technically part of the existing universe, the Joker origin movie that is about to start production is not. In addition, Ben Affleck is not expected to play Batman again, and the standalone Batman movie that is currently in development is likely to star another actor as the Caped Crusader.
Cavill’s involvement with The Witcher TV show was confirmed last week, after the actor hinted about it last month. He will play Geralt in the Netflix show, which is expected to premiere in 2020. The eight-part show will be based on the fantasy novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, on which the games are also based.