Report: No More 'Superman' For Henry Cavill

Sad news on this Hump Day as the news arrives that Henry Cavill (and his awesomely furry chest) will not appear as “Superman” in any future Warner Bros. DC films.

Cavill has played the superhero in three films, including Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warners had been after Cavill to make a cameo in the upcoming Shazam flick starring Zachary Levi. But negotiations appear to have fallen apart and as THR writes, “The door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.”

Several theories are being bandied about as to the shift in "Super-strategy."

While one Warners source told THR that ‘scheduling conflicts’ cause the deal to disintegrate (Cavill recently signed to star in the new Netflix series, The Witcher), another source claims the Witcher offer came after the Warners negotiations.

One studio insider suggested that Warners is merely going for the commonly attempted “reset button” on the DC universe of films after admitting “some parts of the previous movies didn’t work.”

But lets be honest - THIS part of the equation totally worked:

THR also mentions that with so many DC films in the pipeline Warners isn’t likely to produce a stand-alone Superman film anytime in the near future.

Not only is the Jason Momoa Aquaman movie set to arrive this December, but Wonder Woman 1984 is due in theaters November 2019, and openly queer Ezra Miller is scheduled to start shooting a Flash movie in early 2019.

Additional reports say Warners is shifting focus to a Supergirl origin movie.

Comparing the Superman franchise to the James Bond films, a studio source said, “Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors.”

Along that same line of thinking, THR mentions that Oscar winner Ben Affleck may have taken his last turn as "Batman."

Cavill fans might be able to hold out some hope, though.

On Twitter this morning, Cavill’s manager tweeted a somewhat cryptic message which read, “Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. @wbpictures has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today.”



No matter how this plays out, I think we can all admit we're better for Cavill bringing his furry goodness to the role of "Superman."





(h/t The Hollywood Reporter)

Margot Kidder, Star Of "Superman: The Movie," Passes Away At 69

Best known for her portrayal of strong-willed reporter "Lois Lane" in the 1978 hit film Superman: The Movie, actress Margot Kidder has died at the age of 69.

PEOPLE Magazine reports Kidder passed away on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana, of unknown causes.

Although she began her career in the 1960s, Kidder saw her star skyrocket after her turn as "Lois Lane" in Superman: The Movie opposite Christopher Reeve.

Who among us wouldn't have wanted to take a ride in the sky with hunky Christopher Reeve's "Superman?" She would go on to reprise the part of the intrepid reporter in three film sequels.

Other credits include 1974's Black Christmas, 1979's The Amityville Horror and Heartaches in 1981, as well as On the Other Hand, Death (2008) and Never Met Picasso (1995) in which she played openly-lesbian characters.

She served as producer and starred as "Eliza Doolittle" in a 1983 adaptation of Pygmalion opposite Peter O’Toole for Showtime. 

She also appeared onstage, most notably in the 2002 Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues.

However, amid all that success, Kidder quietly waged war with mental health demons that eventually left her homeless.

In 1996, police checked her into Olive View-UCLA Medical Center after she had been reported missing for days.

“The woman we saw was in obvious mental distress,” Officer Rick Young of the Glendale police told PEOPLE at the time. “She didn’t think one person was following her. She thought a whole group of people were after her.”

Kidder eventually shared in 1996 that she had been diagnosed with manic depression eight years earlier but refused to take the recommended prescription of lithium for the disorder.

“It’s very hard to convince a manic person that there is anything wrong with them,” said Kidder at the time. “You have no desire to sleep. You are full of ideas.”

Watch and remember the famous "Can You Read My Mind" flying sequence from Superman: The Movie below. 

RIP Margot Kidder.