Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill exit Batman and Superman roles
The DC Extended Universe is seeing major reshuffling following a series of critically panned films. One of the changes they are bringing is the exclusion of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill from future DC movies. Notably, the actors stepped into the costumes of popularly beloved superheroes Batman and Superman respectively. Warner Bros. official decision confirms the actors' rumored exits that were doing the rounds.
The official news of Affleck and Cavill's exit comes weeks after Cavill was in contract disputes with Warner Bros. Owing to his protagonist's role in Netflix's 'The Witcher' series and the successful supporting stint in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout', Cavill demanded a fee hike. Affleck, around the same time, checked into rehab for alcohol addiction. Reportedly, these are the causes behind the actors' exits.
Having appeared in 'Batman v Superman', 'Justice League' and 'Suicide Squad', Affleck was supposed to direct a standalone Batman movie. However, he stepped down for Matt Reeves to take up directorial reigns. Following Affleck's exit, Batman's role will be recast in the near future.
Due to poor performance from flagship hero films, DC made several changes. Post the standalone Batman movie, DC is looking to introduce newer heroes and different casts. Their upcoming projects include the first 'Aquaman' movie, a 'Wonder Woman' sequel, a standalone 'Joker' movie and 'Birds of Prey'. A movie on Flash is also in the pipeline. Hopefully, DC's new direction will bring success.