Image copyright Warner Bros Henry Cavill’s cryptic response to rumours he’s hung up his Superman cape has prompted fan reactions ranging from “I am so confused” to “don’t leave us”.His Instagram video sees him stare into the camera, slowly lifting and then lowering a boxed Superman doll, while The Blue Danube – which features barking…
Henry Cavill’s cryptic response to rumours he’s hung up his Superman cape has prompted fan reactions ranging from “I am so confused” to “don’t leave us”.
His Instagram videosees him stare into the camera, slowly lifting and then lowering a boxed Superman doll, while The Blue Danube – which features barking dogs – plays in the background.
“While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged,” they saidin a statement to CNN.
Anna Smith, film critic and president of theCritics’ Circle, told the BBC that if the speculation about Cavill leaving the role is true, she’d “love to imagine it’s because he is preparing take on the role of James Bond”.
She added: “The DC movies have been squandering his gift for suave comedy, which we saw in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and which would take Bond back to the old school (minus the sexism, I hope).”
What, if anything, happened here?
Hollywood Reporter suggested negotiations with Cavill broke down over scheduling problems for a cameo appearance in upcoming film Shazam!, about a teenage boy who transforms into a superhero.
However, the actor’s manager Dany Garcia suggested those reports may be premature, urging fans to “be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet”.
He said Warner Bros “don’t know what to do with the Man of Steel”.
“With Cavill apparently out, and [Batman actor] Ben Affleck rumoured to also be ready to hang up the cape and cowl, Warners and the folks behind the DC films are presented with an opportunity to soft-reboot the series,” he added.
DC may be looking for a major change of direction for Superman after the runaway success of Wonder Woman, whichsmashed box office records last yearand will be followed by a much-awaited upcoming sequel.
Cavill’s Man of Steel “did good blockbuster business” in 2013 but “studio expectations were higher”,according to Forbes.
Anna Smith adds: “In recent years, DC has found it hard to compete with the might of the Marvel movies – the Avengers gang are much sunnier and teen-friendly, while the Superman films have struggled to find the right balance between deliciously dark and downright sombre.
“Wonder Woman struck a much more upbeat and exciting tone (and in the hands of a female director, take note!).”
Forbes concluded: “If you’re Warner Bros, you cannot simply ignore the fact your Superman has repeatedly failed to live up to expectations critically, financially, or in sheer popularity.”
Who could replace Cavill as Superman, if he really has hung up his cape?
Deadline is reportingthat Black Panther’s Michael B Jordan could be in line for the role, while bookmakerWilliam Hill is toutingOnce Upon A Time’s Colin O’Donoghue, followed by Sam Claflin, Armie Hammer, Channing Tatum, Cillian Murphy and Donald Glover.
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