Is Henry Cavill done playing Superman? It’s hard to know what to believe, so let’s go through what we do know…
On Wednesday, September 12 The Hollywood Reporter published an article stating that talks had failed between Cavill’s representatives at William Morris Endeavor and Warner Bros., which meant that he would not be returning to play Superman in any future films.
In response to the article Warner Bros. released a statement saying that “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films”. They also went on to state that they’ve “always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”
We know one thing for certain, Henry Cavill wants to play Superman again. He’s not walking away from the character anytime soon if he has his way. So you can put that thought out of your mind. Henry has been very vocal about his feelings towards Superman. He’s very protective of the character, is a fan of the comic books, and respects the history and signifigance of the Man of Steel.
Cavill is ready and willing to play Superman again and again…
So, if Cavill is still onboard to play Superman, and Warner Bros. still have a good relationship with him, where’s this story coming from?
It’s generally accepted that where there’s smoke there’s fire… So where did The Hollywood Reporter get their information from? According to their published news item, the information came from “Warner Bros. sources”. Now, THR isn’t in the habit of publishing this kind of story without credible research and investigation, so you would have to think that these “sources” are what they say they are.
Here’s where I think the story comes from. When their Warner Bros. sources told THR that the deal for Cavill to appear as Superman in the “Shazam!” movie fell through “because of scheduling conflicts” as Cavill is now involved with the Netflix “The Witcher” series, the writer concluded that due to this deal falling apart (and I’m sure it probably wasn’t something that Warner Bros. were happy about), that the relationship between Cavill and the WB had soured. With Cavill now 35 years old, and no plans for a Superman movie currently in place, the actor would be closer to 40 before he’d have any chance of donning the blue tights and red cape again. And therefore this (as the THR report states) “effectively removes an actor of Cavill’s age”, especially since “Warners isn’t likely to make a solo Superman film for at least several years”.
Add in the fact that the WB has now “shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie”, and the story writes itself.
But just because the clues are there, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they only have one possible conclusion.
Cavill may never play Superman again. That’s quite possible considering what we’ve just listed above. However, he’s not walking away from the character, and Warner Bros. aren’t walking away from him.
While the relationship is still in place, the sad fact is “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films”. And that, more than anything else, may be the real hurdle standing in the way of Henry Cavill ever playing Superman again.