As has been reported all over the damn internet this morning, but most notably in The Hollywood Reporter, Henry Cavill, he of the sweet mo’, popped biceps, and problematic attitudes to flirting, has resigned from the role of Superman at Warner Brothers. This comes after appearances in three coolly received films: Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2017).
Apparently Warner wanted Cavill to cameo in their upcoming Big-but-with-capes movie Shazam, but talks with Cavill’s reps quickly spiralled downward to the point where it seems they are now actively seeking a new Last Son of Krypton to captain the floundering DCEU. The stillborn shared universe has suffered a number of blows recently, with Ben Affleck’s personal problems hobbling the mooted Matt Reeves Batman movie, the Flash solo movie shedding director after director, and nobody quite knowing what the hell is going on with The Joker or any of the several films that character is supposed to show up in next.
At this point, the future of the DCEU rests on audience responses to James Wan’s Aquaman, which is a coin flip at best, and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, the currently-shooting sequel to the only good DCEU film.
As for the future of the Man of Tomorrow himself, one of the names reportedly being bandied about is Michael B. Jordan, recently seen as Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther. While the idea is very much at the vague rumour/fancasting/wish fulfillment stage right now, Jordan’s star is definitely on the rise, and it has been a lot of fun watching the usual internet idiots scream that a black Superman makes no sen-
More news on the inevitable sad death of the DCEU as it breaks.