Henry Cavill has released a statement after being told that he won’t return as Superman.
Last night, DC Studios co-head James Gunn announced that he is writing the script for the next Superman movie, which is said to center around a young version of Kal-El when he first arrives in Metropolis. As such, Henry Cavill won’t be back as Superman, despite announcing that he is committed to the role back in October, following his appearance in the Black Adam movie.
“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Henry Cavill wrote on a post shared on his official Instagram page. “After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes.”
The British actor added: “For those who have been by my side through the years… we can mourn for a bit, but then we must remember… Superman is still around. Everything he stands for still exists, and the examples he sets for us are still there! My turn to wear the cape has passed, but what Superman stands for never will. It’s been a fun ride with you all, onwards and upwards.”
James Gunn and his DC Studios partner Peter Safran broke the news to Henry Cavill earlier this week. The three remain open to working together in the future, so Cavill could play a different character in the DC Universe somewhere down the line.
A new era for the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran are now in charge of DC’s film, television and animations efforts at Warner Bros. Discovery, bringing the company’s comic book-related assets under one roof. Gunn is said to be focusing on the creative direction of the DCU while Safran is handling things that are related to business and production.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue 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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