According to Deadline and Warner Bros. Henry Cavill, who has played Superman in the films Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman and Justice League will no longer be reprising his role as The Last Son of Krypton.
From a spokesperson for Warner Bros:
“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”
Warner Bros. and DC will instead be focusing on the upcoming Supergirl movie.
DC has had a rough time trying to figure out why their Superhero movie universe hasn’t been as successful as Marvels. I could have told them that instead of trying to be like Marvel they should have focused on what made DC…DC. One can skate by for a while if you’re the only one who has superheroes…but when superpowers are no longer a novelty you actually have to get back to basics and tell an interesting and compelling story. That’s what was so great about the comics in the 70’s and 80’s. Superheroes were a dime a dozen. Everyone had ‘powers’…what drew readers was what these characters with powers were doing. The writers had to step up their game, they had to be creative. The had to provide a reason why someone should purchase their book. And step it up they did. The drama these folks were up to made soap operas pale in comparison. DC Comics have been around for a long time. Why? What has kept readers coming back? How do we translate this drama to the big screen? How do we make sure that we retain the meat that makes us who we are?
Of course, this sort of introspection is absent among the species known as the bean-counter. I suspect they have taken in the success of films like Wonder Woman and Black Panther and concluded that minorities are their ticket to the promised land. Apparently there has even been talk about the next Superman incarnation being played by Michael B. Jordan. Good luck with that. This is probably the end of the road for DC as it looks like they are about to proceed down the terminal path of ‘wokeness’. See the comic book business these days to see how well that’s panning out. Once the bulk of their fans reject it and their universe finally implodes on itself, the executives will look around at each and wonder where they went wrong.
If only the drama on-screen rivaled that which lay behind the scenes, they’d know.