Henry Cavill will reportedly no longer play Superman, as DC focuses on Supergirl instead

  • Henry Cavill will no longer play Superman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • THR reports that negotiations fell apart for Cavill to make a cameo in "Shazam!" next year.
  • Warner Bros. will focus on a Supergirl movie instead.

It's up, up, and away from Superman for actor Henry Cavill.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites anonymous sources, Cavill will no longer play Superman in future films. THR reports that negotiations broke down between Cavill and Warner Bros. over a cameo in next year's "Shazam!" due to scheduling conflicts, and the "door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances."

Warner Bros. did not immediately return a request for comment.

Cavill appeared in "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" this summer and was recently cast in a Netflix adaptation of "The Witcher" book series. 

Warner Bros. is instead focusing on a Supergirl movie, according to THR, which would most likely write out Cavill's Superman from the film mythology.

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Henry Cavill during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Henry Cavill arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at the Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Dany Garcia;Henry Cavill arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and Ben Affleck arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Henry Cavill attends the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Henry Cavill attends the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Actors Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill attend the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: British actor Henry Cavill attends the fans meeting of film 'Justice League' on October 27, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: British actor Henry Cavill visits the Temple of Heaven on October 27, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Henry Cavill attends 'Justice League' premiere at 798 Art Zone on October 26, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
MIDHURST, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Lucy Cork (L) and Henry Cavill attend the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Polo Final at Cowdray Park on July 23, 2017 in Midhurst, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 29: Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, director Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa attend the CinemaCon 2017 - Warner Bros. Pictures presentation held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on March 29, 2017 in Las Vegas, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Actor Henry Cavill attends the Warner Bros. Presentation during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 15: Actor Henry Cavill attends the Huawei P9 launch event at Shanghai Grand Stage (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Henry Cavill arrives for the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: (L-R) Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Holly Hunter and Jesse Eisenberg attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Cavill appeared as Superman/Clark Kent in 2013's "Man of Steel," 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and last year's "Justice League." The latter two were critically panned, and "Justice League" was a box-office disappointment.

"There's a recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn't work," a source told THR.

Warner Bros. has been rethinking its superhero film strategy after "Justice League." Rather than a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, future films will focus on standalone stories similar to "Wonder Woman," which only briefly alluded to a connection to a larger film universe.

"Aquaman" comes to theaters in December and will most likely distance itself from "Justice League," while "Shazam!," "Wonder Woman 1984," and "Joker" debut next year. A solo Batman movie is also in development which may or may not star Ben Affleck back in the title role. 

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