Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Henry Cavill? We know the answer to the first two is emphatically “No!”; Jason Momoa told us that at the Aquaman premiere so anything Momoa says is good enough for us. Have you seen the size of the man?
But this is Hollywood and things are never quite what they seem. Back in September, Hollywood Reporter, a trade newspaper, claimed Warner Bros. were looking at revamping the franchise as part of a wholesale review of the DC Comics universe.
Cavill was slow to respond but marginally quicker than his agent who claimed that “the cape is still in his closet”. Ever concerned that they had a potential mutiny on their hands, the studio responded by claiming “no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films”. Warner Bros went on to maintain “we’ve always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged.”
This is Hollywood and things change in a blink of an eye. Or in a phone booth when Christopher Reeve threw off his suit and glasses.
The comments fired up the supercharger of Hollywood gossip which makes us wonder who will be the next Superman? So…
Who Will be The Next Superman?
It’s a list of familiar names in the running for this role. Michael B. Jordan (6/4 for Superman, 8/1 for Batman), Armie Hammer (3/1 and 6/4 respectively) and Oscar Isaac (15/2 and 10/1). Could one of them land both roles? Could Ben Affleck take on the Superman role having hung up his cape and cowl as Batman?
They must get past Tyler Hoechlin first. He’s already played Superman in the television series Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow so has some advantage over others. He’s certainly come a long way since playing Tom Hanks’ son Michael Sullivan Jr in the excellent Road to Perdition.
The fly in the ointment is that there isn’t a Superman film due for at least two years; Warner Bros. are determined to relaunch the Supergirl franchise after a 35-year absence from the silver screen. Helen Slater, who took the title role in the 1984 move, returned as her mother in the 2011 television series.
The Full List of Odds
|6/4||MICHAEL B. JORDAN|
|25/1||DWAYNE ‘ THE ROCK’ JOHNSON|
Courtesy of mybookie.com
But Is It All Over For Henry Cavill?
If a week in politics is a long time, in Hollywood that’s a lifetime. Make what you want of Cavill’s recent Instagram post:
Henry, it seems, isn’t quite ready to ditch the cape and ‘S’ just yet.