A year later, another Cavill-is-done-as-Superman story

Will play superheroes for food.

Talk about a slow-motion way to lose your job.

In September 2018, The Hollywood Reporter said Henry Cavill was out as Superman. Cavill’s agent tried to dispute that, but Warner Bros. only offered up a vague statement that didn’t say much.

Flash forward a year. A website called Cosmic Book News this week came out with a story saying Cavill is still out. It also adds a wrinkle that stems from more recent developments.

One change from a year ago is that Warner Bros. has secured the services of J.J. Abrams. One Abrams project may be jumpstarting the cinematic Superman and the director-producer likely wants his own choice in the role.

Something similar happened when director Matt Reeves was given the keys to the Batcave. Soon, incumbent Ben Affleck was out and Reeves cast Robert Pattinson as a younger Batman for a 2021 movie. That project reportedly may pick up the services of Jeffrey Wright as the new Commissioner Gordon. THR said this week the actor is in talks for the part. Wright currently is reprising the role of Felix Leiter in No Time to Die.

Nothing is official, of course. Still, it’s interesting to see how Cavill has been left hanging for so long.

There’s been no sign that “Mr. Warner” wants to proceed with Cavill. For example, this year’s Shazam! movie ended with a Superman cameo but it wasn’t with Cavill. It was a guy in a Superman uniform whose face the audience never sees.

Still, Cavill is not out officially, either. In comic books, kryptonite was Superman’s weakness. In real life, Cavill/Superman’s weakness is inertia.

Cavill, of course, has played one spy hero (Napoleon Solo in 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) and one spy villain (Mission: Impossible-Fallout). He was tested in play Bond for 2006’s Casino Royale, but Daniel Craig got it, in large part because Eon boss Barbara Broccoli wanted him and wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

Cavill’s name still gets speculated about as the next cinematic James Bond. But given how more men have walked on the Moon (12) than have played Bond on-screen in the Eon series (six) that’s hardly a sure thing.  Besides, one suspects Barbara Broccoli will try to keep Craig in Bondage beyond No Time to Die.

2 Responses

  1. I had mixed feelings about the Kill Bills. I felt they that were overindulgent and could have made 1 good, if longish, movie, if only QT possessed any self discipline and knew when to leave stuff on the cutting room floor. However, the bit in KB2 that made the entire project worthwhile was when Bill explained Superman and Clark Kent to Beatrice, because he said what I’d always thought. Superman is supremely well adjusted. If anything, it’s one of his superpowers. Consequently, the world does not need a morose Superman. Batman has enough angst for the entire DC universe. Cavill (and this could easily have been the fault of the writing and the direction) was morose, right from the get go in MOS. Best to start over. Hopefully with someone who can convey that they enjoy being Superman.

  2. Sometime disappointment’s works out for the Best, Especially for Cavill as Superman, in my opinion. he wasn’t Suited for the Role. Probably in the near future ”NO TIME TO DIE” Could be Daniel Craig’s last Tenure as Bond Leaving the Door open for Henry Cavill to play James Bond 007 Honestly, I Don’t Believe there’s anybody Else Could be Suave like Henry Cavill Right Now.

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