Henry Cavill Said To Be "Aging Out" Of SUPERMAN Role; David Zaslav "Frustrated" With DC Films Output

Henry Cavill Said To Be "Aging Out" Of SUPERMAN Role; David Zaslav "Frustrated" With DC Films Output

A new report on the current state of Warner Bros.' DC Films division suggests there's a perception among the studio's top brass that Henry Cavill is "aging out" of his Superman role... at 39 years old.

By MarkCassidy - Jun 08, 2022 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Superman

We've been hearing reports of some unrest at Warner Bros. following the recent Discovery deal, and a new Variety piece would appear to confirm that certain studio execs have clashed regarding the best way to move forward with the DC Films division.

Apparently, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is "frustrated that [DC's] cinematic output has been inconsistent and that there hasn’t been sufficient long-term planning in terms of rolling out sequels and follow-ups to popular movies."

Zaslav is still said to be looking for a "Kevin Feige-type" figure to take charge of the DCEU, and reportedly approached veteran Fox and Paramount executive Emma Watts about taking the job before talks fell apart. He also spoke to Disney film chief and Warner Bros. leader Alan Horn about becoming a consultant, but we're not sure if anything came of it.

Variety's article goes on to mention that any newly appointed DC Films chief "will face challenges, including the fate of Superman," before suggesting that Man of Steel and Justice League star Henry Cavill is "aging out of the role." We're not sure if this is just the writer's personal take or the current perception at Warner Bros., but either way, it's a ludicrous statement (Cavill is 39).

In any event, it does sound like plans for the iconic hero might be in flux, with no "finalized" goal for the Superman film that was being developed with a script from Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Let's hope that Zaslav is able to appoint someone who can steer this ship and finally harness the full potential of these great characters.

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Highflyer - 6/8/2022, 11:06 AM
Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth is 38 and Thor seems to be doing just fine. Henry barley looks a day over 30. Besides, is an older Superman unheard of?
philinterrupted - 6/8/2022, 11:18 AM
@Highflyer - I agree. But Helmsworth has the benefit of having been consistently in the role in successful movies for over a decade.
For WB/DC to really see a return on their investment, starting from scratch with Superman may be the way to go.

But to be clear I am 100% for Cavill continuing in the role. He was good in spite of the garbage he was in.
UGLYsonic - 6/8/2022, 11:40 AM
@Highflyer - I don't even wanna put a wig on Cavill, embrace his hairline, Superman always had a widows peak of an older guy.

I've always preferred a seasoned middle aged looking Superman. Like an insanely fit dad lol
VileBlood - 6/8/2022, 11:47 AM
@Highflyer - Yeah but Hemsworth has charisma and is a decent actor. Cavill is just a block of wood.
rebellion - 6/8/2022, 11:06 AM
Ffs, he is only 3 years older than pattinson....
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/8/2022, 11:11 AM
@rebellion - Batman wears armor, and Bruce Wayne doesnt need to have the body of a god.
Highflyer - 6/8/2022, 11:23 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Most of the time, he's portrayed as having a body of a god.
The1st - 6/8/2022, 11:24 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - Batman is supposed to be peak human regardless of what age he is if he's in the suit, ala JL and JLU. You can't take those hit's consistently if you're not in shape. And the armor was Snyder's baffling TDKR take on the character. Batman suits up as necessary outside of the Arkham games, he's not always wearing armor.
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/8/2022, 11:35 AM
@The1st - @Highflyer - Did you guys see Pattinson in The Batman? he is in great shape, but he is not that muscular, same with Bale (with the exception of Begins). Lets not even talk about Keaton, Vale, or Clooney.

The exception was Affleck, and because he was playing a very especific version of Batman.
Origame - 6/8/2022, 11:43 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - if anything batman is more required to. Superman is a guy who gets his powers from the sun. Batman gets his in the gym. Hell originally superman was meant to have a working man's physique specifically so his abilities would look that much more impressive.
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/8/2022, 11:47 AM
@Origame - Superman needs to look massive, Batman doesnt (except the TDKR version Affleck played).
I remember people complaining Henry (6'1) was too short to play Superman.
The1st - 6/8/2022, 11:47 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - That's largely TDKR inspired, Snyder said so. In most other mediums Batman has a suit, cowl, and a utility belt usually unless the situation or merchandise requires it. Pattinson is more in a movie that has more of that "grounded" stuff that WB loves, see Bale's Batman. I recommend watching World's Finest. Even Lex basically says Batman lasted long enough for Supes to save him, and he had on the BTAS duds.
Origame - 6/8/2022, 11:51 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - he really doesn't. Christopher reeves, who is still regarded as the definitive superman, was a pretty skinny guy. Tom welling and Brandon routh, both loved actors in the role, also weren't all that big. And now Tyler hoeclin came in as probably the smallest of the bunch.
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/8/2022, 12:17 PM
@Origame - "Reeves skinny"? for the time (no juice), he was in an incredible shape, you can google about how much body mass he had to gain for the role.
Also, no padded suits, he was weating spandex, that was all Reeves.

Superman was always a very physically demanding role, even the first actor to ever play the character in the serials over 75 years ago had to be in an impresive shape.
MrDandy - 6/8/2022, 11:07 AM
Huh? He’s not even 40! Meanwhile, Tom Cruise out there playing a combat pilot at 60
TheHumanSpider2 - 6/8/2022, 11:11 AM
@MrDandy - Is Tom playing SUPERMAN?
Origame - 6/8/2022, 11:45 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - only reason he's not is because he can't convince wb to shoot him out of a cannon to simulate flying.
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