Michael B. Jordan Reportedly Could Replace Henry Cavill In 'Superman' Franchise

It was recently revealed that Henry Cavill would be stepping down from his role as Superman, which left us all wondering who'd be able to fill those boots. After all, in the age of the superhero flick, you couldn't just plonk anyone in a bit of spandex - it's going to have to be someone pretty special.

Well, according to Deadline, his replacement could come in the form of Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan, with Warner Bros apparently considering a 'completely different direction' for its Superman canon.

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A new Superman film isn't going to be in cinemas anytime soon, as Warner Bros is apparently shifting focus to Supergirl right now, but that leaves plenty of time for us to picture Jordan donning that iconic red and blue suit and get on board with the idea.

Mind you, if i'm honest, I've not even thought about it for a minute and I'm already sold. I mean, let's just look at the recent Black Panther, which saw Jordan play a blinder as baddie Killmonger.

The film was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike, with the New Yorker's Anthony Lane commending Jordan as being 'twice as pantherish as the Panther', adding: "Jordan has swagger to spare, with those rolling shoulders, but there's a breath of charm, too, all the more seductive in the overblown atmosphere of Marvel."

And it's not just us that loved the film. Disney is reportedly so proud of it that it's going after a whole load of Oscars - including Best Picture, which no MCU title has ever won. Bold move, Disney, bold move.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the studio has released its For Your Consideration list for the hit film, revealing the categories it's been submitted to for next year's Academy Awards.

Along with Best Picture, the list includes Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Original Score and Original Song (for 'All the Stars').

So that's basically most of them, then.

Do you reckon Jordan's got it in him to become our beloved Man of Steel? If you're not feeling too convinced, maybe jump onto Netflix to see him in action again, as Black Panther has just been added to the streaming site.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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