It looks like Henry Cavill’s time as Superman really has come to an end, at least when it comes to movies centered around the Man of Steel.
According to a new report from Variety, Warner Bros. will not be moving forward with Batman and Superman movies featuring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. This means that a sequel to Man of Steel is off the table, though the report did not indicate that the studio is looking to recast the character of Superman even if it is looking for a Batman beyond Affleck.
The report says that the changes were prompted by the lackluster box office performance of Justice League. It seems that Warner Bros. had used the film’s performance to take a hard look at its approach to DC movies.
Of course, while the report indicated that Warner Bros. is expected to look for a new Batman, there was no such indication about a new Superman. It’s not impossible that the studio plans to continue with Cavill as the hero, just in a more diminished role.
Cavill played the Man Of Steel three times in Warner Bros.’ shared DC Comics movie universe. He debuted the role in 2013’s Man of Steel. He returned to battle Affleck’s Dark Knight in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.