Henry Cavill posts cryptic video after Superman exit rumours

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations …

Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations surrounding a cameo in 2019’s Shazam! fell apart due to a scheduling conflict. Warner Bros. subsequently told Just Jared that “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films” and its respect and relationship with Henry “remains unchanged.”

In response to the report, Henry uploaded a bizarre video to his Instagram account which shed no light on his rumoured exit from the D.C. Universe.

Dressed in a Krypton Lifting Team slogan T-shirt, the 35-year-old looks seriously into the camera, as a boxed Superman figurine slowly enters, and then disappears, from the bottom of the screen. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II plays in the background, and the video is captioned: “Today was exciting #Superman.”

The peculiar footage provoked discussion in the comments section, with one fan writing “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS,” while another asked: “Henry what are u trying to tell us bro? Are u trying to get Wb to greenlight a sequel.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s article also claimed that Henry wanted to walk away from the superhero role, because studio executives are now focused on a Supergirl origins movie, which will feature a much younger Superman. Additionally, it was reported that a standalone follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel will not be in development for another few years, and the British star can’t wait for cameras to roll.

“Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,” an insider told the publication.

In addition to Man of Steel, Henry also played the iconic character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League the following year. More recently, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

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Jason Momoa auditioned for Guardians of the Galaxy

Jason Momoa auditioned opposite Chris Pratt for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t make the cut.After debuting his version of Aquaman in 2017’s Justice League, Jason returns as the underwater hero in his own standalone DC film, which hits…

Jason Momoa auditioned opposite Chris Pratt for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy but didn’t make the cut.

After debuting his version of Aquaman in 2017’s Justice League, Jason returns as the underwater hero in his own standalone DC film, which hits cinemas in December.

Things could have been very different for the muscular actor though as he was originally in talks for a number of Marvel projects.

“I met the Russo brothers (Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War directors), who are amazing,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “It was one of the best meetings I’ve ever had. I was going to do something with them, which unfortunately didn’t work out. I don’t know. It was going to be a villain, I think. People always want to hire me to play a villain, you know?

“I did an audition for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was super cool. I got to audition with (Chris Pratt), who’s just a legend and a gentleman. That didn’t work out.”

He was also in the running to play Batman, a role which eventually went to Ben Affleck, in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Admitting he considered not turning up for the audition as he didn’t think he was right for the caped crusader, Game of Thrones star Jason says reading for Zack eventually paid off.

“(I was thinking) ‘This is bulls**t. I’m not a white guy. I ain’t playing Batman’. Even if I do, I don’t even want to,” he recalled. “It’s like an American playing James Bond, you know? I almost didn’t do it. I thought for sure I was going to be playing (villain) Lobo or something. The only people I knew they were casting for were Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — who the hell am I going to play?

“So in the meeting, I just played it as if Batman had died in an alley and some thug picked up his suit and put it on. I just played him as a smart ass, jaded and sarcastic. And that’s when Zack was like, ‘I have an idea…’.”

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Ben Affleck has been ruled out of playing Batman again – report

Ben Affleck has seemingly been ruled out of playing Batman in the next film about the Caped Crusader.According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Matt Reeves has reportedly completed a new screenplay for the upcoming feature, The Batman, wh…

Ben Affleck has seemingly been ruled out of playing Batman in the next film about the Caped Crusader.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Matt Reeves has reportedly completed a new screenplay for the upcoming feature, The Batman, which is said to focus on the story of a young Bruce Wayne. Though representatives for Warner Bros. have not issued a statement, it is unlikely that the 45-year-old actor will reprise the role again given his age.

Ben played the DC superhero in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and Justice League in 2017, while also landing an uncredited cameo in 2016’s Suicide Squad.

He was also planning to direct and produce the forthcoming standalone feature as well as star in it, but announced he was stepping down from directing duties in January 2017, having previously informed The Guardian that “there’s no script” and that he would only accept the responsibility if believed the content was “really great.”

“Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give,” the Gone Girl star said in a statement announcing his departure as director from the project. “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require.”

However, when new director Reeves stepped in, it was revealed that he had overturned the script crafted by Ben and writers Chris Terrio and Geoff Johns.

Though it seems highly unlikely that the Oscar winner will feature in the movie, he is busy with other projects, which includes him developing a sequel to his 2016 film The Accountant with director Gavin O’Connor, who he has also teamed up with to film basketball drama The Has-Been.

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Henry Cavill wants to prove there’s more to him than Superman

Henry Cavill hopes his role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout will prove he’s capable of playing characters different from Superman.The British actor found worldwide fame when he was cast as the superhero in 2013’s Man of Steel, and he has since reprise…

Henry Cavill hopes his role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout will prove he’s capable of playing characters different from Superman.

The British actor found worldwide fame when he was cast as the superhero in 2013’s Man of Steel, and he has since reprised the character for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

In Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry plays August Walker, a mysterious CIA agent sent in to keep an eye on Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, and he was excited to show off a side of himself nobody has seen on screen before.

When asked if he was specifically looking for something different to Superman with Fallout, Henry told Empire magazine: “I feel like it’s doing a disservice to say I’m trying to play something different from Superman. I love that character and I feel a very personal relationship with Superman. There’s a lot more to be told on Superman yet, and I’m looking forward to playing that character hopefully many more times.

“When it comes to selecting other roles, or being a part of other franchises, it’s more about the enjoyment of showing everyone there’s more to me than just the Superman performance.”

Henry admits that the August Walker he signed up to play ended up being completely different to the character it became during the shoot, as director Christopher McQuarrie likes to evolve the roles during production.

“The funniest thing about Walker and how it was pitched to me is that how it ended up is nothing like that,” he explained. “And because we also had the month to a month-and-a-half hiatus, there was even more time to continue to evolve this character, and where we started with the character was very different from where we ended up.”

The production took a hiatus after Cruise broke his ankle while filming a stunt.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which also stars Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, and Rebecca Ferguson, hits cinemas from 26 July (18).

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Joaquin Phoenix: ‘The Joker role could be interesting’

Joaquin Phoenix has divulged that he could be interested in playing The Joker in a standalone film.Rumours swirled in February (18) that the Walk the Line actor was the top choice to star in Todd Phillips’ upcoming origins movie which is being made by …

Joaquin Phoenix has divulged that he could be interested in playing The Joker in a standalone film.

Rumours swirled in February (18) that the Walk the Line actor was the top choice to star in Todd Phillips’ upcoming origins movie which is being made by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

While Variety previously reported that Phoenix had met with Warner Bros. bosses last year about the role, he has remained tight-lipped on the speculation, although he admitted in a chat with Fandango on Monday (02Apr18) that he would be open to the part.

“I don’t know… it could be an interesting character, I don’t know,” he grinned, before adding that he would contemplate appearing in a major comic book-inspired film if the project truly appealed to him. “I see it as any other movie. I wouldn’t say… ‘I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.”

While Phoenix hasn’t starred in a comic book film before, he was considered for the role of Lex Luthor in another DC movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg, and was in talks to play Marvel superhero Doctor Strange, with the part eventually going to Benedict Cumberbatch.

The 43-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in thriller You Were Never Really Here as well as biblical drama Mary Magdalene, and explained to editors at the film publication that he is determined not to limit himself to any particular genre.

“If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So, I wouldn’t say, hands down, no – I wouldn’t do that kind of movie,” he shared. “Everyone has to want to explore the same thing or else it just doesn’t f**king work. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t make decisions on budget or things like that – it’s really the filmmaker and the character.”

Phillips, who has also worked on Road Trip and War Dogs, will direct The Joker movie and co-write it with Scott Silver. Their story will delve into what happened to The Joker to turn him into an evil criminal mastermind and Batman’s most famous adversary.

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