Although the DCEU kickstarted it all with 2013's Man of Steel, Henry Cavill's Superman has only actually appeared twice since then - plus four faceless cameos. Now, in the absence of Cavill's Man of Steel, Warner Bros. is preparing to introduce a new Kryptonian hero with Sasha Calle's Supergirl in The Flash.
After production issues and the recent controversy surrounding Ezra Miller, The Flash has been the victim of many delays that have now pushed it to June 2023. Based on the debut trailer, Barry Allen will meet Supergirl in the universe in which he crosses paths with Michael Keaton's Batman to recruit their help.
Moving forward from the Multiverse-altering effects of The Flash, Supergirl is reportedly placed to be at the center of the new DCEU, and as such, has been reported to have her own solo project in development. But in the wake of Batgirl's shocking cancellation at HBO Max, that appears to be in danger too.
DC's Supergirl Movie May Be Dead
Rolling Stone recently published a report to explain why Warner Bros. decided to cancel Leslie Grace's Batgirl which also offered an update of Sasha Calle's Supergirl. Calle will debut as the Girl of Steel in 2023's The Flash and was expected to spin off into her own movie, but that may now be in trouble.
According to the popular outlet, other DC films stand a chance of being "squashed," with insiders claiming the Supergirl project isn't expected to move forward at Warner Bros., despite currently being in development at the studio.
Reports circulated in 2021 that Warner Bros. intended to film Supergirl in the next three years - placing production plans sometime before 2024. Rumors have suggested DC was planning to use Calle's Supergirl in place of Superman in the DCEU going forward, but that may no longer be the case.
When Will Supergirl and Superman Return
Henry Cavill's Man of Steel has been absent from the DCEU for five years and Sasha Calle just saw a rather disappointing update regarding her Supergirl movie, so the future doesn't appear bright for the Kryptonians. The reported cancellation of two female-led spin-offs in a matter of days isn't a good sign, but perhaps Warner Bros. is looking to establish a more traditional DCEU status quo.
Previous reports indicated Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman were set to lead the DCEU as an all-female trinity. Perhaps with Warner Bros. under new management, the studio is now eager to pivot focus back to The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, instead of using Batgirl and Supergirl in their places.
After all, Ben Affleck just signed on to reprise Batman once again in Aquaman 2, and there have been some intriguing reports as of late with regard to Henry Cavill's Superman. Maybe the goal is to get these actors back in the spotlight, even if the road to that goal appears rather messy.
Although that's not to say Affleck and Cavill coming back for the long run is at all certain, there's every chance DC will simply look to recast these actors. With Warner Bros. Discovery making massive changes on the DC front, a full-scale reboot may even be on the cards to simplify the situation and start fresh, possibly making The Flash Calle's only Supergirl appearance.
It's impossible to predict what the future holds, especially as Warner Bros. continues to make sweeping changes to its DC plans. The Flash is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2023, but even that is far from certain in this current climate.