Is Henry Cavill the next James Bond? 007 role a possible reason for scrapping Superman
Henry Cavill was in contention to play James Bond even before Daniel Craig's final hurrah as 007. As the latest rumors swirl about him and Ben Affleck being phased out of the DCEU, the question at the moment is if 'The Witcher' star is hanging up the cape to don a tailored suit and run missions for the MI6 instead. Recent reports suggest that the list of probables had been whittled down to just him and 'Venom' star Tom Hardy. The latest odds from British bookies William Hill show that Hardy is the clear favourite to be the next super spy.
However, Cavill, with screen charisma that rivals Hardy, is still looked at as one of the best actors to take over the baton from Craig who served as the iconic character for 15 years. In an interview with The Sunday Times he was asked if he'd still be interested in playing Bond, for which he replied, “Time will tell and you don’t know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything’s always on the table.”
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The actor was nearly cast the part in 2006 when he was pitted against Craig but eventually lost out. Although he didn't get the role, the actor has never stopped displaying interest in the role and has said multiple times over the years that he's always ready to consider it. And with the rumors of him not being Superman anymore, there's also that possibility that he's moved away from being a superhero to play a role as long as Craig did. He already comes in ticking the box for the physical attributes needed to play Bond. After all, he did play a spy in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E' and that's part of his CV as a hit flick.
Now, the 38-year-old can at least play the role for maybe four Bond movies even though they are likely to release every three years. Craig brought with him certain commitment to the role and there has always been that public opinion that Cavill comes in with a similar work ethic. With the DCEU also looking for a new-look (Supergirl and Batgirl are in the fray and per critics replace Bat and Supe), odds are that Cavill knows that his future in DCEU is uncertain and he'd rather play a role that he can make his own. There's also the possibility that he's already Bond but the world doesn't know it yet. Lashana Lynch as 007 was revealed in early 2020 before COVID-19 screeched Hollywood to a halt and and chances are that Barbara Broccoli would make the announcement only after there is official confirmation that there is another Bond movie in the works. For now, the answer to the question is unclear, but in due time, we'll know if Cavill gets his own gun barrel sequence.