DCEU as We Know It is Over; None of the Justice League Actors Will Return
The end of the Snyderverse era marks the end of the Justice League's superheroic career.
The DCEU is slowly but surely dying. Yes, this was already being talked about in 2017, when Justice League became a box office bomb after production chaos. Still, the franchise had a chance to regain the faith of its fans, who were hoping for the return of their favorite characters, played by a seemingly perfect cast. Alas, it failed: with the exception of Aquaman, every subsequent project involving the Justice League actors has failed.
What is the reason? The inability of the current management, led by David Zaslav, to develop the right commercial strategy? Superhero fatigue on the part of both Marvel and DC fans? Whatever the case, the DCEU seems to be a lost cause, with only a handful of actors from the Zack Snyder era willing to return for new projects in the franchise.
No future for Snyderverse
The final film starring an original Justice League actor will be Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, starring Jason Momoa. This will be the last one in the 10-year history of DC's Snyderverse. The film is scheduled for release on December 20, but despite the overwhelming success of the first installment, fewer and fewer fans want to see a dead-end story that doesn't bring any global development. Moreover, given the utter failure of The Flash, few are interested in DC Studios continuing to drag Zack Snyder's story down.
Who leaves, who stays?
But it looks like it's not just the fans and James Gunn who are ready to put an end to the superhero era of the past decade, but also the actors themselves. According to Variety, none of the cast of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League will be returning to their roles. While many of us are certainly glad to never see the controversial Ezra Miller on our screens again, it's a little sad that neither Affleck, Cavill, Gadot, nor even Momoa will be donning fancy superhero costumes again.
Speaking of Momoa, he's still available for DC projects: He's reportedly in talks to play the anti-hero Lobo, who will either be the subject of a standalone movie or appear as a cameo in Superman: Legacy, which is scheduled for release in 2025.
Apparently, the cast of Suicide Squad will also not be returning, except for Viola Davis, who will continue to play Amanda Waller. In addition, the cast of Gunn and Peter Safran's original projects will remain in the DCEU, including the second season of Peacemaker.