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Henry Cavill reportedly no longer playing Superman in DC Universe

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Story by Jack Foley

HENRY Cavill is reportedly on the verge of parting ways with Warner Bros and DC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Superman star, who made his debut in Man of Steel, is parting ways with the character and the wider DC Universe.

Although the news has yet to be confirmed, the trade magazine quotes various sources and reasons for the departure, including Cavill’s unavailability – due to scheduling conflicts – for making a cameo in the studio’s forthcoming Shazam! movie starring Zachary Levi.

Another is because of an apparent shift in focus on the DC Universe, with a Supergirl origins movie said to be a new priority that would exclude Cavill from appearing because of age.

There are also rumours that fellow DC Universe actor Ben Affleck is also about to part ways with his Batman character, with doubts over whether he will appear in Matt Reeves’ forthcoming stand-alone film.

The DC Cinematic Universe has been plagued with bad reviews since trying to launch a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with titles such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League all under-performing at the box office amid critical maulings.

It is widely believed that the studio is trying to reset the franchise and possibly reboot in some cases – although Wonder Woman looks safe from such a decision given its box office success.

While refusing to confirm or deny the story, a statement released by Warner Bros to The Hollywood Reporter read: “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.”

Watch this space for more developments…

Cavill was most recently seen starring alongside Tom Cruise in box office hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout and has just recently signed up to appear in the Netflix TV mini-series The Witcher.