Things got even worse for the long-awaited Justice League movie. The storyline would feature Kal-El as an infant so Cavill wouldn't be necessary. "Another source says Warners is trying to hit a "reset" button with the DC universe, steering its ship slowly into another direction". It appears those plans will not come to fruition. "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors", another studio source told THR.
Ben Affleck is also leaving the series after two films, although DC's heroes including Wonder Woman, Aquaman and The Flash are all set to continue their big screen adventures, with Gal Gadot is returning for Wonder Woman 1984, and Jason Momoa headlining a solo Aquaman movie this December. Cavill campaigned hard for the role originally and is a massive Superman fan.
The 35-year-old Cavill was cast in the title role of director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the divisive 2013 that retroactively launched the DCEU, and then returned in 2016's Batman v Superman and 2017's Justice League, none of which earned the reception, or the blockbuster status, Warner Bros. might have envisioned.
Cavill's departure as Superman reportedly comes after talks broke down between his agency and Warner Bros. over a cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam movie. While Man of Steel was well received, Dawn of Justice and Justice League were... not.