With Ben Affleck Out As Batman, Is Henry Cavill Officially Done As Superman?

Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide Squad Ben Affleck Henry CavillYesterday, Ben Affleck officially announced he will not return as the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman and the confirmation has fans wondering if this means rumors of Henry Cavill retiring from the Superman role will also prove to be true.

Rumors of Ben Affleck retiring from the Batman role persisted for over a year after the Academy Award-winning writer of Good Will Hunting and producer of Argo stepped away from the director’s chair for the Caped Crusader’s first solo film in the DC Extended Universe. Last night, Affleck finally confirmed he will not return as the Dark Knight in a Tweet expressing his excitement for Matt Reeves’ upcoming film and while many fans were disappointed to learn the actor will not continue playing the Caped Crusader, others turned their attention to the rumors on Henry Cavill’s future as Superman.

After making his debut as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Henry Cavill reprised the role in Batman v Superman and most-recently portrayed the character in Justice League. While Cavill expressed an interest in returning for a second solo Superman film, his future as the character has been in doubt following reports on his manager and Warner Bros. being in heated contract negotiations. Rumors of his exit were fueled when Henry Cavill signed on the portray Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s adaption of The Witcher. While some were holding out hope that Henry Cavill would reprise his role as Superman in another DC project, the fact that the rumors of Ben Affleck relinquishing the Dark Knight role turned out to be true has fans concerned that an official announcement on Henry Cavill leaving the Superman role behind is inevitable.

Do you think Henry Cavill is out as Superman or is there still hope he can return as the Man of Steel? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

The Witcher is currently filming and stars Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Johdi May, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, and Millie Brady. The eight-episode series will premiere on Netflix later this year.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Henry Cavill’s future as Superman and more details on the DC Extended Universe.

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

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Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

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Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

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Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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Sebastian Peris

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  • deevo.

    I give up. If you are a Superman fan, know this.. WB doesn’t give one half of a $hit about this character and are more than willing to ignore or toss him aside for years to chase Hollywood trends like female superheroes ( replacing him with a plucky eye rolling teenage version of Supergirl) or throw out the continuity to do some distracting or unnecessary stunt casting or other gimmick (i.e. casting Creed) rather than simply continue with Cavill and the others. The last thing I expect is for WB to do right by Superman fans and give the comic-centric, fun version we’re still waiting for.

  • Joseph Rodrigues

    Title is a bit misleading especially if you dont read the article and pay attention, Ben Affleck didn’t announce he is not batman – he like everyone knows Reeves batman is set in the 90s of the DCEU time line – a younger bats and Ben could be batman in present day, he is rumored to be in the BOP movie. Henry also never said he quit superman either so stop with the BS you stupid bloggers and so called journalists.

    • Bob Saget

      https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/1090772636206952448 I think Ben Affleck confirming he no longer gonna be Batman is proof enough you fool.

      • Joseph Rodrigues

        Proof of what a$$hole? Get your eyes tested moron, Afflecks tweet says He is excited for the movie coming out in 2021, he does not say he is done playing the role, only person assuming he is done is the clown doing the report assuming he is passing on the torch knowing full well matt reeves batman is about a young batman in the early dceu, so if I am excited about a championship race coming up does that mean I am going to retire, not turn up? no you complete fool.

        • Bob Saget

          You’re none to bright are you kiddo? Why would Affleck feature that tweet if it wasn’t true.

          • Joseph Rodrigues

            Speak for yourself son, He worked hard on his own version of The Batman script and is similar to Matt Reeves batman vision, Matt’s movie has been long and anticipated to start filming for 2 long years, so him finally getting going and getting a release date for his rendition of a YOUNG batman set in the EARLY YEARS of the DCEU time-line leading up to BvS, anyone would be excited. So Affleck would be EXCITED about a movie that he also was writing about and to see it finally get made even I am EXCITED to see the movie in 2021. EXCITED does NOT mean I am done, EXCITED does NOT mean I am not involved anymore in the DCEU. So if I am EXCITED about a race or event coming up does that mean I am not going to turn up, retire? nope.where in affleck tweet you moron does it say he is done with the role? “EXCITED FOR THE BATMAN SUMMER 2021 AND TO SEE MATT REEVES VISON COME TO LIFE” where does it say he is done du’mba$$ with the role of Batman. Man I knew the world had stupid people but I never thought that the world had A LOT of stupid people.

    • Lord Fand Angus

      There are a few things we must annalyze.

      First, you could see that Affleck was the less enthusiastic about being in the DCEU during the promotion of Justice League.

      Second, in one of the interviews Afflecks says he wanted a way to “get out in glory”, or something like that. I don’t remember the exact words, but thing is he was considering at least one solo movie as Batman and then move on.

      Third, kinda going back to my first point, all the cast of Justice League is excited about their characters. Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa are doing fine. While The Flash will take awhile to be released, Ezra Miller is excited for the project. We don’t know if a Cyborg movie will be ever made, but Ray Fisher wants the movie and wants Zack to direcit it. And finally, Henry Cavill really really wants another Superman movie. Affleck didn’t say anything or did anything to show that he still wants to be Batman. Instead, he is moving to other projects and he posted on his Twitter the news about the movie and his departure.

      Fourth, there is this (read the part talking about the original plans in case Affleck had stayed) – https://revengeofthefans.com/2019/01/31/dc-whispers-abandoned-batman-plans-the-legion-of-doom-alive-rocksteady-more/

      Sorry for the long comment, but the point is Affleck is really gone

      • Joseph Rodrigues

        Sorry but that is not good enough for me, Had affleck said I am done with Batman like he said I am Done with Daredevil back in 2004 then yeah I would agree that he is done as he confirmed it. But this tweet about being excited for a movie and seeing Reeves vision about a young batman early in the DCEU means nothing. Its like a current race driver saying i’m excited for monico only to have some clown in the tabloids say he is retiring and done with racing. No until I hear proper confirmation by both studio and actor themselves then I wont believe a f’u’cking thing.

        • Lord Fand Angus

          I truly hoped that Affleck could stay, but everything that happened since he quit be the director of The Batman, mainly what has happened in his personal life, and considering that right now he is focused in other projects, he is out. Also, according to rumors, WB was truly trying to keep him, but he was ready to move on and Matt Reeves didn’t want to feature him as Presend Day-Batman. It sucks, but he is out. I only hope this doesn’t mean Cavill is out too, though if the rumors are right about him having signed a deal to more four movies then we can be all stay in peace.

          • Joseph Rodrigues

            Put it this way I dont believe anything in the tabloids unless its from the actual people or person. Last year all the websites and bloggers and so called journalists said Zack Snyder was fired from JL, which turned out to be untrue, Then they said no snyder cut exists, also untrue, then they said Snyder is no longer with the DCEU, also untrue as not only is he still working with WB he is also Producer on BOP, SS2, WW1984 and his wife is also producer on The Batman. Like I said I dont listen to rumors, deal with facts in front of me so until Ben Affleck actually Says “I AM NO LONGER GOING TO PLAY BATMAN” I wont believe a d’amn f’u’cking thing from these sites, same goes with Cavill and those rumors have been debunked by WB, his manager, Henry himself, Jason Mamoa and recently Zachery Levi.

          • Lord Fand Angus

            I agree, however Zack was basically fired from Justice League. As for Cavill, and considering that it was now revealed that WB offered Superman to James Gunn direct (thank God this didn’t happen) we can be sure that Cavill is still in and that WB will at some point release another Superman movie.

            But like I said before, Cavill has always been very vocal about keeping playing Superman, while Affleck remained quiet after Justice League. The only thing he said, and was a little before the release of Justice League, is that he would like to play only one more time and then move on.

            Now we don’t know if it was a mutual agreement to let Affleck out or if it was Matt Reeves decision. I heard that Affleck had still 2 more movies on his contract, so let’s imagine that he is only out of THIS MOVIE, but he there still a possibility he could come back for at least one more appearance as Present Day-Batman. Would he still want it? Would he really do it? There are his personal problems and he is focused on other projects and, again, he hasn’t said anything about playing Batman again. All the actors from Justice League have said something, even J.K. Simmons did, but Affleck remained quiet about his future as Batman. The closest thing he did since Justice League was the post on Twitter with the title “Ben Affleck passes the torch to the next generation”. Yes, he didn’t say “I’m out”, but the post was basically a way of him to tell the fans he is out.

          • Joseph Rodrigues

            Like I said until Affleck says ” I am no longer batman in the DCEU” then I wont believe a f’ucking thing from these sites. As for Cavill I knew he wouldnt leave, why would he, I like his superman and I look forward to him coming back when MOS2 gets going.

          • Lord Fand Angus

            Cavill, specially since Post-Justice League, has been always assuring fans that he is still connected to the character. The same can’t be said about Affleck.

          • Joseph Rodrigues

            Oh I know Cavill loves being superman, I love him being superman. I do also like affleck as batman, his interpretation was what I wanted to see since keatons batman, Bale loosely brought it to the screen but then fell apart in TDKR. Affleck may be on the quiet side but Ray Fisher shed some light by saying he is still modern day batman and in his understanding matt reeves is a young batman, so older batman can still pop up in JL2, BOP, SS2 and so on.

  • Jan

    Both cannot act _ disasters

  • Lord Fand Angus

    There are rumors that Cavill will cameo in Shazam after all and that he signed for more 4 movies, but again, only rumors. Anyway, I don’t think (to be honest I’m hoping) WB is done with him. If we compare his and Affleck’s situations, Cavill has always been vocal about another Superman movie, even mentioning what story he would like to see adapted and he reacted to the new of his supposed firing by making that video on Instagram. With Affleck, post-Justice League he didn’t say anything regarding his possible desire to be in the role, he didn’t do anything to say “I’m still Batman”. The difference between is that, despite I’m being sad for Affleck be out of the DCEU, he was less interested in keep going as Batman, unlike Cavill who do want to keep playing Superman.