Henry Cavill to stop playing Superman, reports suggest

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Henry Cavill to stop playing Superman, reports suggest

An exclusive report in The Hollywood Reporter citing sources close to Warner Bros. indicates that Cavill is parting with the company.

Cavill is reportedly finished as the Man of Steel, with unnamed studio insiders telling The Hollywood Reporter that he won't be donning the signature DC Comics superhero's cape and tights again.

Warner Bros has a slew of upcoming DC-based movies to keep fans on their toes. Apparently, things went sideways when the studio tried to get Cavill to make a cameo in its new Shazam! film starring Zachary Levi in the titular role, but the contract negotiations broke down.

The actor first assumed the role in 2013's Man of Steel, and then reprised it for Batman v. Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017). If Cavill is out, it looks like the two founding pillars of Warner Bros' DCEU might be leaving crimefighting behind. Warner Bros. are eager to "reset" the under-performing franchise, according to the source.

Garcia's statement stops short of confirming whether Cavill has any plans to return as Superman, however. Rather than a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, future films will focus on standalone stories similar to "Wonder Woman", which only briefly alluded to a connection to a larger film universe. Similar to the show Supergirl, Warner Bros. will likely want to establish Supergirl as her own entity in the DCEU before actually pairing her up with Superman.

Now, Warner Bros may have finally cottoned on to what it needs for a boost at the box office: strong women.

Plus, Man Of Steel made $668 million worldwide, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice made $873 million, and Justice League made $660 million.

The eight-episode adaptation of the best-selling medieval fantasy book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski centre on Cavill's character Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as a "Witcher".

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