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October 21, 2019

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now polling ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and just a few points behind former Vice President Joe Biden, in Iowa.

A new Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers released Monday shows Buttigieg in third place with 13 percent support, an impressive 7 point bump from the previous July poll showing him in fifth place in Iowa with 6 percent support.

Buttigieg is polling behind only Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who earned 17 percent support, and Biden, who earned 18 percent support. He's ahead of Sanders, who saw no change in support since the July poll with 9 percent, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who in July was in second place with 16 percent support but has since plunged 13 points. Although Biden is still at the front of the pack, he has fallen 6 points in this poll since July, while Warren is up 4 points. The July poll was taken after the first Democratic presidential debate.

This new one comes after the fourth Democratic debate, during which Buttigieg went after Warren for not directly answering the question of whether she'll raise taxes on the middle class to pay for Medicare-for-all and saying, "No plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion dollar hole in this plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in."

Suffolk University/USA TODAY's poll was conducted by speaking to 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers over the phone from Oct. 16-18. The margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. Read more results at USA Today. The Week Staff

September 12, 2018

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a ... casting shakeup! Warner Bros. has just lost its Superman, with actor Henry Cavill reportedly leaving the studio following the critical and commercial failure of Justice League.

Cavill's departure was reported Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that Warner Bros. was hoping Cavill would cameo as Superman in its upcoming film Shazam!, but the appearance will apparently no longer happen because of the actor's busy schedule. That means that Justice League will likely have been Cavill's last time playing the Man of Steel — even though that film did not offer any sort of conclusive ending for the character and, in fact, was largely centered around his return from the dead.

There evidently won't be room for another Superman appearance for a number of years anyway, though, as Warner Bros. is effectively hitting reset on the DC superhero movie universe due to its "recognition that some parts of the previous movies didn't work," per The Hollywood Reporter. One source says DC will probably make another Superman movie in a few years, but with a new actor.

Cavill isn't likely to be the last high-profile departure from the DC film universe. The Hollywood Reporter also claims that Ben Affleck is not expected to reprise his role as Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming solo film about the caped crusader, meaning Justice League might have been a very underwhelming swan song for both Cavill's Clark Kent and Affleck's Bruce Wayne. Brendan Morrow

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