DC Studios: James Gunn Explains Henry Cavill’s Superman Exit

Henry Cavill is no longer the Man of Steel.

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James Gunn is working on the next Superman movie, which is set to revolve around the DC Comics icon during the first few years of his crimefighting career, following his arrival in Metropolis. With the movie focusing on a young version of Superman, Gunn explained his decision to recast Henry Cavill during the DC Universe slate presentation in Burbank, California.

“First of all, we didn’t fire Henry,” Gunn said during the DC Studios event. “Henry was never cast. Henry was in a cameo and that was the end of his story. A lot of people made assumptions out of that that weren’t necessarily true. But for me, it’s about who I want to cast as Superman and who does the filmmaker who is making a movie want to cast. For me, for this story, it isn’t Henry. I like Henry. He’s a great guy. I think he’s gotten getting di—d around by a lot of people, including former regimes at this company. This Superman is not Henry… for a number of reasons.”

James Gunn recently shot down rumors claiming that Euphoria star Jacob Elordi is the frontrunner to replace Henry Cavill as Superman. The casting process for the new Superman hasn’t even started yet, according to the DC Studios co-head.

The future of the DC Universe

James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, teleivsion, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.

Shazam! Fury of the GodsThe FlashBlue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.