Goodbye Man of Steel!
Granite-jawed hunk Henry Cavill, who played Superman in three films, is “parting ways” with Warner Bros/DC after contract talks broke down over an appearance in the upcoming Shazam! movie (starring Zachary Levi). The official reason that it was a scheduling issue ( he recently signed on to star in the Netflix series The Witcher), but let’s be real…. NOTHING has been working in DC movies for A WHILE now (Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League – all dreary, unwatchable messes, fiddled with beyond salvation)
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that there will be a change in Warner’s strategy going forward.
In a masterstroke of understatement, a source is quoted as saying:
“There’s a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.”
HA! Ya think?!
To be fair, what wasn’t working wasn’t Henry’s fault. It was the fault of whoever decide to CGI his beard out in Justice League (so distracting! And, quite frankly creepy AF )…
Also, lets call a spade a spade: DC’s go-to director Zack Snyder is a hack who FUNDAMENTALLY does not understand DC characters. He tried to make Superman into Batman (dark and gloomy) and that was just never going to work.
Then: Throw in Joss Whedon who tried to clean up Snyder’s Justice League mess – by adding a bunch of lighthearted quips onto the already-filmed doom and despair… further muddying what was already a mishmash of styles.
So. Now the studio plans to move boldly forward – without Ben Affleck as Batman and without Henry Cavill as Superman.
Where does that leave everybody else?
While Affleck and Cavill are segueing out, others who were seen together onscreen in Justice League are carrying forward. Gal Gadot is returning for Wonder Woman 1984, to hit theaters in November 2019. Jason Momoa headlines a solo Aquaman movie this December. And Ezra Miller remains on board to star in a Flash movie, which is due to shoot in early 2019.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Toby Emmerich are looking to reinvigorate the studio’s DC Universe, which is still playing second fiddle to the Marvel Universe in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Just six years ago, when The Dark Knight Rises closed out the Christopher Nolan trilogy, DC was the superhero team with the mojo. But so far, only Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman spinoff has lived up to the promise of the franchise.
Who do YOU think should be the next Superman? I’m nominating Matt Bomer…
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