Jason Momoa Assures Henry Cavill Isn't Retiring as Superman
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Despite rumors about the 'Man of Steel' actor's exit from the DC movie franchise, the 'Aquaman' lead insists that his 'Justice League' co-star is still up for portraying Superman.

AceShowbiz - In case you're not convinced that Henry Cavill is still billed as Superman, Jason Momoa is here to cast aside all doubt. Attending the premiere of his new movie "Aquaman" at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, December 12, the hunky actor said that Cavill isn't done playing the Man of Steel.

"I just talked to Henry... He's absolutely not [leaving the character]," Momoa told Entertainment Tonight when asked about Cavill's exit rumor at the special screening. "He loves the character. He's not. One hundred percent." He insisted, "It's absolutely [not going to happen]."

Rumors about Cavill retiring as Superman surfaced in September. It was reported that the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" star had stepped down as Superman after negotiations surrounding a cameo in 2019's "Shazam!" fell apart due to a scheduling conflict. It was also suggested the actor 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.

Warner Bros. later issued a statement to say, "While no decisions have been made regarding any upcoming Superman films, we've always had great respect for and a great relationship with Henry Cavill, and that remains unchanged."

Cavill's manager Dany Garcia also denied the reports, insisting that the actor is currently still the studio's Superman. "Be peaceful, the cape is still in his closet. [Warner Bros. Pictures] has been and continues to be our partners as they evolve the DC Universe. Anticipate a WB statement later today," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Cavill had a cryptic response to his exit rumors. He posted on Instagram a video of him wearing a Krypton Lifting Team T-shirt and holding up a Superman toy. "Today was exciting #Superman," he wrote in the caption.

Cavill last appeared as Superman in 2017's "Justice League", where his character teams up with Momoa's Aquaman, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck's Batman and Ezra Miller's The Flash. While a solo Aquaman movie will be released on December 21 and a "Wonder Woman" sequel is set to arrive on June 5, 2020, a "Batman v Superman" sequel has yet to be greenlit by Warner Bros. following the lukewarm reception at box office and unfavorable reviews from critics for the 2016 movie.

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