Henry Cavill has teased fans by posting a cryptic video in response to the rumours he will no longer play Superman.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (12Sep18) that the actor had stepped down from playing the superhero after negotiations surrounding a cameo in 2019's Shazam! fell apart due to a scheduling conflict. Warner Bros. subsequently told Just Jared that "no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films" and its respect and relationship with Henry "remains unchanged."
In response to the report, Henry uploaded a bizarre video to his Instagram account which shed no light on his rumoured exit from the D.C. Universe.
Dressed in a Krypton Lifting Team slogan T-shirt, the 35-year-old looks seriously into the camera, as a boxed Superman figurine slowly enters, and then disappears, from the bottom of the screen. The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II plays in the background, and the video is captioned: "Today was exciting #Superman."
The peculiar footage provoked discussion in the comments section, with one fan writing "I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS," while another asked: "Henry what are u trying to tell us bro? Are u trying to get Wb to greenlight a sequel."
The Hollywood Reporter's article also claimed that Henry wanted to walk away from the superhero role, because studio executives are now focused on a Supergirl origins movie, which will feature a much younger Superman. Additionally, it was reported that a standalone follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel will not be in development for another few years, and the British star can't wait for cameras to roll.
"Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors," an insider told the publication.
In addition to Man of Steel, Henry also played the iconic character in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League the following year. More recently, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.