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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Reed Morano circling Supergirl movie – report

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl. Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), wit…

Filmmaker Reed Morano has reportedly emerged as the frontrunner to direct the planned movie return of Supergirl.

Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses announced plans to develop a big screen project based on the superheroine earlier this month (Aug18), with 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel brought on board to pen the script.

Now, according to TheGWW.com, the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale director is among those considered frontrunners to take charge of the new franchise, which will centre on Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El.

According to comic book lore, she was a teenager when she escaped the doomed planet Krypton.

Supergirl was previously played on the big screen by Helen Slater in 1984, and she is currently being portrayed on TV by former Glee star Melissa Benoist.

Casting details for the new movie adaptation have yet to be revealed, and it’s not known if it will serve as an origin story, or somehow be tied in to Zack Snyder’s 2013 movie, Man of Steel.

If Morano signs on, she won’t be the first female filmmaker to be handed the reins of a DC superhero blockbuster – Patty Jenkins is currently working on the follow-up to her 2017 smash hit Wonder Woman, with Gal Gadot as the titular warrior, while Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad spin-off, Birds of Prey.

There have also been significant appointments at rival comic book giant Marvel – Anna Boden is co-directing the Captain Marvel movie with Ryan Fleck, and Berlin Syndrome filmmaker Cate Shortland is set to shoot the Black Widow standalone.

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Supergirl film in development at Warner Bros

22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel has been recruited to bring Supergirl back to the big screen. Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses are developing a movie based on the superheroine, who is currently being portrayed on TV by former Glee star Melissa …

22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel has been recruited to bring Supergirl back to the big screen.

Warner Bros and DC Comics bosses are developing a movie based on the superheroine, who is currently being portrayed on TV by former Glee star Melissa Benoist.

According to comic lore, Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, was a teenager when she escaped the doomed planet Krypton.

Supergirl was previously played on the big screen by Helen Slater in 1984.

It’s unlikely Benoist will play the movie Supergirl as film bosses have made a habit of separating the DC movie characters from those who appear on shows like Arrow and The Flash.

For instance, Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen’s speedy alter ego on TV, while Fanstastic Beasts & Where to Find Them star Ezra Miller took on the character for Justice League and will pick up Allen again when the stand-alone The Flash film starts shooting in February (19).

Meanwhile, the DC universe is gearing up for a packed slate of heroes and supervillains with Aquaman and Shazam set for release in the next few months, while The Hangover’s Todd Phillips has signed on to direct Joaquin Phoenix in a new film about Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker.

Birds of Prey, in which Margot Robbie will reprise her Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn, is also on the slate, as is director Matt Reeves’ stand-alone Batman.

The Supergirl series will make history in its upcoming fourth season with the addition of Nicole Maines, who is set to play TV’s first transgender superhero. The Royal Pains star will play Nia Nal on the show.

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Kevin Smith teases big budget project

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers. While Kevin has been…

Kevin Smith has teased fans that he is working on a “massive” new project.

The actor and director is known for his work on ’90s comedies such as Clerks, Mallrats and Dogma, with his most recent feature film being 2016’s Yoga Hosers.

While Kevin has been laying low since suffering a major heart attack in February, he indicated that he is feeling much better on Sunday (29Jul18) by sharing in a social media post that he is gearing up to tackle his next big project.

“Just finished a huge writing gig that I haven’t talked about publicly yet,” he wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s the most massive IP (intellectual property) I’ve ever been allowed to play with and if the powers that be decide to move forward with the project, it would be the biggest budgeted anything I’ve ever done. Wish me luck…”

Kevin concluded the post with two hashtags, that of his own name and “#writing”. He did not add any further details about the potential gig but did divulge that he hopes to unveil more details soon.

“Fingers crossed that I get to talk about this one day soon. Or better yet, fingers crossed, we all get to watch it next year,” the 47-year-old noted.

Though Kevin has helmed recent episodes of TV shows The Flash and Supergirl, he recently shot down rumours speculating that he was looking to partner with Marvel Studios or Lucasfilm on a movie.

“Waiting on @ThatKevinSmith to confirm or deny these @MarvelStudios or @starwars also keeping my fingers crossed,” a fan wrote on Twitter in late June, to which the filmmaker responded: “Easy to deny. The only @starwars or @MarvelStudios movies I’m involved with are the ones I pay to see in theaters. Promise.”

In the five months since his life-threatening heart attack, Kevin has lost more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and has transformed his diet and lifestyle. Speaking to E! News while at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, he explained that he had consulted with a nutritionist and decided to adopt a vegan diet.

“I said, ‘You know what? I ate any way I wanted for like the last 47 years. For one year I am going to try life as a vegan.’ It’s been okay, I don’t miss much,” he said of the plant-based eating regime.

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Frederick Schmidt didn’t hesitate when offered Mission: Impossible role

Saying yes to Mission: Impossible – Fallout was a no-brainer for Frederick Schmidt.The actor joins Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames in the sixth instalment of the famous franchise.Playing Zola, the burly brother of Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow arm…

Saying yes to Mission: Impossible – Fallout was a no-brainer for Frederick Schmidt.

The actor joins Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames in the sixth instalment of the famous franchise.

Playing Zola, the burly brother of Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow arms dealer character, Frederick had no hesitation in accepting the role from director Christopher McQuarrie.

“It’s… Yeah. It’s a call you don’t need to take twice,” he laughed to Cover Media in an exclusive chat, going on to explain that although he was joining a well-known cinema series, he was made to feel welcome on set. “To begin with, it is very well established, you want to make sure you fit in and it all works together, but between McQuarrie, and Paramount, and Tom and everyone, they made me feel so welcome.”

Angela Bassett and Henry Cavill were also newcomers, along with Fredrick and The Crown star Vanessa, while Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin joined the core cast in reprising their roles.

To make sure their sibling relationship was believable, Supergirl actor Frederick and Vanessa met up before filming started.

“Funnily enough, me and Vanessa, we met. We were due to a do a film together many years ago and it just never transpired for one reason or another, so it’s funny that we somehow become brother and sister in this,” he said at the Mission: Impossible – Fallout London premiere. “But we sat down to really just start to get to know each other and build that trust. Part of that was building a bit of a back story.”

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