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This morning, DC fans across the world were shocked by the news that actor Henry Cavill would reportedly not return as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, marking last year's Justice League as his final appearance as the iconic superhero.

In a short video, captioned "Today was exciting #Superman", Cavill wears a "Krypton Lifting Team" t-shirt, looking directly into the camera as a version of the Blue Danube waltz plays - a version which features barking dogs.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Cavill's exit.

The Superman shakeup is yet another sign that the DC cinematic universe's future is bleaker than... well, a DC movie.

Jessie Wade is a news writer for IGN.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites anonymous sources, Cavill will no longer play Superman in future films.

The answer to that one is tricky to pin down - and it's been made even more confusing by Henry Cavill's latest Instagram post, which the actor shared late Wednesday night. With Justice League in his rear view mirror, Cavill and his mustache co-headlined Mission: Impossible - Fallout before landing the leading role in Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher. Moreover, the studio isn't planning a Man of Steel sequel for "several years" and is instead focused on the Supergirl movie that was revealed back in August. A source tells THR, "Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors".

Adopting a stoic expression that mimicked his character, the action star silently raised a toy figure of Man Of Steel in the air as classical music rose into a crescendo.

As well as that, Warner Bros.is unlikely to produce a solo Superman film for at least a few more years.

In fact, Ben Affleck, the current Batman, is also rumoured to be on his way out, with director Matt Reeves' forthcoming Batman standalone film said to be focused on a younger Bruce Wayne. Other films on the horizon are the upcoming Shazam! with Zachary Levi, Wonder Woman 1984, due out in November 2019, and Ezra Miller in a stand-alone movie for the Flash.