From the current rumors going around, Henry Cavill is officially non-officially done playing Superman in the DC cinematic universe.
According to THR, Warner Bros. wanted Cavill to have a cameo in the Shazam! movie, but scheduling conflicts/contract talks broke down. And with Justice League failing to matching even Thor: Ragnarok’s box office success, heads had to roll on screen as well as behind the cameras.
Ben Affleck saw his role in the planned Batman standalone gradually decrease from director/screenwriter/star to being phased out completely. Cavill also appears to be wrapped up as well. It was never a good sign when year after year followed without news of a Man of Steel sequel.
After Wonder Woman’s success, Warner Bros. seems to believe the future of its DC Universe is female. A Supergirl film is in the works, which would feature Superman’s cousin as a teenager.
Can Anyone be Superman?
A Warner Bros. source told THR ‘Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.’ Funny how keeping the same actor has seemed to work out pretty well for Marvel Studios with Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow. There’s even a report out that Warner Bros. is considering Michael B. Jordan to play Superman.
Cavill didn’t seem to want to wait around for Warner Bros. to decide on his future. He’s signed on as the lead role in Netflix’s The Witcher series. The crazy thing is how staggeringly charismatic Cavill has appeared in other films like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. But Zach Snyder and Joss Whedon favored a different approach.
Complicating matters further, Warner Bros. is sticking with Affleck and Cavill’s Justice League co-stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, seems out of the loop in terms of his future plans.
Flashpoint can fix the Problem
Catching Marvel Studios is a pipe dream at this point. There’s been too many boneheaded decisions and poor strategies to make that remotely viable for years. But there is one tactic that could fix a lot of problems — setting up a cinematic equivalent of Flashpoint.
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That controversial event led to wholesale changes in the DC Universe that paved way for New 52 and ultimately DC Rebirth.
It also helps that Flashpoint largely sidelined Batman and Superman instead putting the focus on Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Flashpoint featured a war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman while Flash, Cyborg and Thomas Wayne attempted to fix the time stream.
Despite their best efforts to restore things like they were, there were some significant alterations from the world Flash knew.
How it Lines up
The Flash standalone is slated to start shooting in 2019. For DC/Warner Bros. the timing is perfect. Aquaman’s solo film and Wonder Woman 1984 will be done leaving The Flash with a clean slate.
To really shake things up, DC/Warner Bros could use The Flash film to satisfy its fans of other properties and have Arrow star Stephen Amell and other Arrowverse stars show up in the Flashpoint world. Maybe Ezra Miller passes out in one scene and reawakens as TV Flash star Grant Gustin? Or in a real mind-screw have John Wesley Shipp running around in his old Flash costume for a moment.
Then when Flash emerges into the new reality, he’s greeted by a different Batman as his memories of the old timeline fade away.
Update: Cavill’s manager, Dany Garcia says there’s no need to panic:
Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today.
— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) September 12, 2018
I’m thinking this is PR talk, but we’ll see if WB actually makes a statement about its DC Universe. So far they’ve been real quiet at a time when they need to restore some faith in the DC movie wing.
What do you think? Is Cavill leaving and would you be down for a DC live-action Flashpoint?