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