The news of Henry Cavill exiting the role of Superman in DCEU is in talks nowadays. According to a report, Warner Bros. is thinking of recasting his role with Michael B. Jordan, the antagonist of Black Panther. With Henry Cavill’s departure, Warner Bros. is changing from the comic based cinematic universe to a movie which is made around Supergirl.
Henry Cavill initiated the role of Superman in Man of Steel(2013), the debut of the director Zack Snyder in DCEU. He reprised the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016) and Justice League(2017). Superman was set to give a cameo in the upcoming DCEU film Shazam!, but due to his role’s conflicting schedule in the recent hit Mission: Impossible – Fallout, he was unavailable for it. Now, Henry Cavill will bid a farewell to the cape of Superman for good. It leaves behind a superhero role up for grabs.
According to the deadline of the appointment, Warner Bros. may already have someone for the role. The word is out of them thinking about casting Michael B. Jordan for the role of Superman. Another news which can add to this is the teaming up of WB and Jordan to launch studio diversity and inclusion. Casting Michael B. Jordan as the first black Superman, it would mark a major step for studio diversity. Jordan had a previous connection with DC as he had voiced Cyborg in the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. He is also set to star alongside Brie Larson in the Warner Bros. courtroom drama Just Mercy.
Michael B. Jordan has played the role of the villain Erik Killmonger in DC’s rival Marvel Black Panther. It was a diverse superhero movie that shook the culture, and the movie was a blockbuster. The movie earned $1.3 billion at the box office across the globe. Apart from this, Disney submitted the movie in all the big Academy Award categories. As big as Black Panther was, however, a studio casting a POC as the iconic Superman would be an even more culturally significant event.
Warner Bros. is clearly taking the things differently to take DCEU forward. The farewell of Henry Cavill is a major shake-up for it. The studio is focussing to make a Supergirl movie along with Superman in it. So, it will take time to bring the character on-screen, even if Michal B. Jordan is up for the role of Superman. During this, Warner Bros. has Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman: 1984, covering for it.
The future will tell the Justice League’s future holds after the last year’s film grossed a disappointing amount of around $657 million at the box office. The Warner Bros. will seek to move entirely away from superhero team-ups(due to the failure of Justice League last year) as it focuses on standalone movies. The studio is developing a Joker origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix and Birds of Prey starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn to bring a more adult edge to their comic book multiverse. Obviously, Superman must remain in the plan somewhere for Warner. Bros on some level, but who will play the character? How will the character go live? Casting Michael B. Jordan would undoubtedly generate buzz and probably a lot of controversies given the way some have reacted to past pro-diversity casting decisions.