Thursday, September 13, 2018

Warner Bro's Considering Michael B. Jordan, As Henry Cavill's Superman Replacement

Amid news of Henry Cavill exiting the DC movie universe as Superman comes a report that Warner Bros. has mulled recasting the role with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. Cavill’s departure from the DCEU comes as Warner Bros. seeks to reset the comic book-based cinematic universe, with their focus shifting to developing a movie built around Superman’s female cousin Supergirl.

Cavill, of course, originated the role of Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, the DCEU debut of director Zack Snyder. Cavill then reprised the role in 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. The actor had been set to film a cameo in the upcoming DCEU title Shazam!, but scheduling conflicts with his role in this year’s hit action film Mission: Impossible – Fallout made him unavailable. Now Cavill will reportedly put away his Superman cape for good, leaving the superhero role up for grabs.

According to Deadline though, Warner Bros. may already have someone in mind for the role of Superman, reporting that the studio has mulled casting Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. Perhaps not coincidentally, this news comes just a day after another report that Jordan and Warner Bros. are teaming up to launch a policy on studio diversity and inclusion (via the L.A. Times). Indeed, casting Jordan as the first black Superman would mark a major step forward for the cause of diversity in film. Jordan has a prior connection to DC, having voiced the character of Cyborg in the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The actor is also set to star alongside Brie Larson in the Warner Bros. courtroom drama Just Mercy.

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