Cavill may be done play­ing Su­per­man

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — Va­ri­ety

It looks like Su­per­man is hang­ing up his red cape. Henry Cavill’s fu­ture as the Man of Steel in the DC Ex­tended Uni­verse is cloudy as Warner Bros., the stu­dio be­hind the comic book fran­chise, is hold­ing off on de­vel­op­ing new films cen­ter­ing on Su­per­man, with or with­out the Bri­tish ac­tor, Va­ri­ety has con­firmed.

A spokesper­son for Warner Bros. said, “We have a great re­la­tion­ship and great re­spect for Henry Cavill that con­tin­ues to re­main un­changed. Ad­di­tion­ally we have made no cur­rent de­ci­sions re­gard­ing any up­com­ing Su­per­man films.”

In­stead, DC Films and Warner Bros. are shift­ing their at­ten­tion to fe­male-cen­tric prop­er­ties. One pro­ject the stu­dio will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing is a Su­per­girl movie. That would likely age Cavill out of the role, as Su­per­girl cen­ters on a teen hero­ine.

Cavill first donned the sig­na­ture span­dex suit in 2013’s “Man of Steel.” He reprised the role along­side Ben Af­fleck’s Bat­man in “Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice” and “Jus­tice League.” The lat­ter two fal­tered at the box of­fice and were panned by crit­ics.

A “Su­per­man” se­quel was once in devel­op­ment, though no plans had been set in stone. The de­par­ture of di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der, who helped re­launch the char­ac­ter and drafted Cavill to as­sume the role, might have in­ad­ver­tently de­layed an­other in­stall­ment.

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Henry Cavill starred in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” but Warner Bros. is fo­cus­ing on fe­male-cen­tric su­per­hero films.

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