Henry Cavill has stunned the fans after posting a strange video hours after he emerged hanging his Superman cape forever.
The actor, 35, apparently addressed the news of his departure with a peculiar Instagram clip posted to his account in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Adopting a stoic expression that imitated his character, the action star silently lifted a toy figure from Man of Steel in the air while The Blue Danube played in the background before it rose into a crescendo.
Addressing the news: Henry Cavill has stunned the fans after posting a strange video hours after he emerged he hung up his Superman cape forever
Wearing a T-shirt with the words "KRYPTON LIFTING TEAM" written on the front, the star wrote in the caption: "Today was exciting #Superman".
The fans were confused by the video, since they could not say if Henry confirmed or denied the news of his departure, and many asked him to clarify what it meant.
One wrote: "I'm so confused please tell us because I'm hearing other things about Superman movies that there's no more." (sic)
While another said they thought that meant he was staying, a different user said, "I guess he's not a superman anymore, it's really a loss, so maybe this will give you more time to be the next James Bond." (sic)
What does this mean? The actor, 35, apparently addressed the news of his departure with a strange Instagram clip posted to his account in the early hours of Thursday morning.
What's going on? The fans were confused by the video, since they could not say if the action star confirmed or denied the news of their departure.
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Henry, who played Superman in three films, could not commit to a planned cameo in Shazam! due to a programming conflict and the studio was stopping future appearances in the franchise.
Warner Bros. posted a statement after the report, saying: "While no decisions have been made regarding the upcoming Superman films, we have always had great respect and an excellent relationship with Henry Cavill, and that has not changed." .
The actor played Superman for the first time at Man of Steel in 2013, before tracking Batman v. Superman in 2016 with Ben Affleck as Batman and Justice League last year.
Henry was going to appear as Superman at the launch of Shazam!, Next April, starring Zachary Levi, but according to THR the contractual conversations between the actor's representatives and Warner Bros. broke.
It is believed that Henry's new lead role in the Netflix series The Witcher meant he could not commit to the cameo.
Back to earth: On Wednesday, it was reported that Henry hung his cloak forever as programming conflicts led Warner Bros. to discard his appearance in future DC films
It is said that the cancellation led the studio to discard future cameos, with its focus now on a Supergirl movie, after the success of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, with that change of time that means that an adult Superman character would not work.
A Supergirl movie will follow the presentation of his rival Marvel Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel – the first superhero in the MCU who will have an independent film – next March.
With her Supergirl plans, it is said that WB wants to put aside the character of Superman for a few years before the Bond style reboots with a new leader.
"Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain career you have to look at new actors," a study source told THR.
The source added that the study realized that it could be due to a jolt since its latest films did not work as well as expected. "It is recognized that some parts of the previous films did not work," says the study's expert.
The Justice League ended its theatrical career with a worldwide box office total of $ 657.9 million, which means it is the highest grossing movie in the extended DC universe.
Main star: Henry played Superman for the first time in Man of Steel 2013 (in the picture with Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)
Not good: Justice League (pictured) finished his theatrical career with a worldwide box office total of $ 657.9 million, which means it is the lowest-grossing film in the extended universe of DC
Henry previously revealed the story he had in mind for Man Of Steel 2, after having conversations with the studio earlier this year.
He said: I'm having a lot of conversations, behind the scenes, with certain people and we hope to have conversations with other people who are also behind the scenes so that things start to happen.
"It's my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there are a lot of Superman stories I want to tell.
"There is a complete style of the Superman character that I am eager to tell and I am waiting for the opportunity."
A representative of Henry has been contacted by MailOnline to receive comments.
It was announced last week that Henry has been chosen for the next Netflix adaptation of The Witcher as Geralt of Rivia, the main character in the popular fantasy universe that has previously been adapted into a successful video game franchise.
The Netflix adaptation of eight episodes of the successful series of medieval fantasy books by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski focuses on the protagonist Geralt de Rivia, a monster hunter known as "Witcher" who travels the field killing terrifying beasts.
Continue: it is said that the cancellation led the studio to focus now on a movie of Supergirl origin, before restarting the Bond style for the character with a new protagonist