After it was announced last week that J.J. Abrams is rebooting Superman for Warner Bros. with a new actor stepping into the role of the iconic Kryptonian superhero, many DC Extended Universe (DCEU) fans have probably asked themselves, “Why is Henry Cavill not playing Superman anymore?”
Though Cavill will still star as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is set to premiere on HBO Max on March 18th, and will reportedly make cameo appearances in future movies about Shazam and Aquaman, the news of a Superman reboot makes the potential Man of Steel sequel less likely to happen.
Cavill is still under contract with Warner Bros., but with insider Daniel Richtman reporting that the actor is seriously pissed off by the studio’s decision to reboot Superman without his involvement, it won’t be surprising if Cavill decides to cut his ties with Warner Bros.
Richtman also went on to claim that Cavill is trying to negotiate an even better deal for season 3 of Netflix’s The Witcher following the news of a Superman reboot. While Richtman didn’t clarify the connection between the two projects, one thing is clear: Cavill’s bargaining power has become weaker. Now that Cavill’s presence in the comic book franchise is expected to become smaller with the arrival of a new Superman actor, Netflix can expect fewer scheduling conflicts between The Witcher and DCEU projects.
The Superman reboot, which will be produced by Abrams, will be written by acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates. While details about the reboot are being kept under wraps, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the project is being set up as a Black Superman story.
“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen, and we’re beyond thankful to the team at Warner Bros. for the opportunity,” said Abrams in a statement to website Shadow and Act, which broke the Superman reboot news
Though Abrams has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine, the Superman reboot is the first DC movie known to be in development under his expansive WarnerMedia deal.