Superman has been indefinitely sidelined from the DC movie universe.
With last fall’s Justice League proving to be yet another critical and financial disappointment for Warner Bros., the studio has embarked on a string of tumultuous shakeups, which includes the departure of Ben Affleck as Batman. Now, however, the DC franchise doesn’t just need to find a new Batman, it also needs a new Man of Steel, as Henry Cavill has apparently taken his last flight as the superpowered last son of Krypton.
While Warner Bros. has remained mum, the Hollywood Reporter broke the news this morning that after three films, Cavill looks to be finished with his superheroic duties, as the studio has focused its energies on developing a new Supergirl film, and talks broke down about bringing Cavill in for a cameo in next April’s Shazam! While the studio didn’t immediately respond to the report, both Variety and Deadline followed with similar reports citing their own sources.
All the reports suggest that Warners and Cavill’s team could not come to terms for his Shazam! appearance, leading him to sign on to Netflix’s The Witcher series. With his commitment to the new show and the studio’s plans to fast-track the teen-oriented Supergirl origin story — which, for timeline purposes, wouldn’t include Cavill’s adult Superman — instead of pursuing a Superman sequel anytime soon, the actor’s return to the iconic character is unlikely.