It’s fair to say that the recent DC releases have been more inconsistent than fans would have liked, especially when compared to the MCU. DC fans aren’t the only ones aware of this drip-feeding of content, as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has expressed frustration with the lack of DC material.
Oddly enough, while the company is aware that they need to release more movies and shows about DC, they also feel that Henry Cavill has “aged out” of his role as Superman. Could this just be a way of justifying the upcoming Superman reboot and recasting?
The DCEU needs a Kevin Feige figure
According to an article from Variety, Zaslav is frustrated with the lack of long-term planning for the DCEU and feels that they need a Kevin Feige-like figure who can steer this ship in the right direction. Some moves were made to give the position to veteran Fox and Paramount executive Emma Watts but those talks didn’t push through.
Geoff Johns previously had the title and many were hoping he would steer the DCEU in the right direction, given all of the DC comics he had written in the past. However, Johns was hit by accusations of racism and bad management over the production of Justice League, especially from Cyborg actor Ray Fisher. Johns has since transitioned into writing and producing.
Warner Bros. does have its fair share of upcoming DC movies, with Black Adam coming out in October and Aquaman 2 releasing in March 2023. However, when you compare that to the year Marvel is currently having, with Doctor Strange 2 releasing last month and Thor 4 coming out next month, it’s nowhere near as consistent.
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Henry Cavill is too old to play Superman?
Oddly enough, the Variety article also suggests that Henry Cavill is aging out of the Superman role, which is ridiculous. Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man when he was 43 and Ben Affleck was 42 as the “elderly” Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Why Warner Bros. would feel this way about Cavill as Superman is odd, to say the least.
Cavill’s star has actually risen after his Superman work, with most praising him for his role as Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher. If anything, you would think that DC and Warner Bros. should capitalize on his star rising with a new Superman movie but that hasn’t happened.
Warner Bros. does have a Superman project with J.J. Abrams and acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates but reports claim this won’t revolve around Henry Cavill’s Superman. Apparently, this film will star the black Superman from the Earth 2 comics, so it looks like that long-desired Man of Steel sequel might never happen.