Wednesday brought big news to DC fans as James Gunn took to social media to reveal that his and DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran’s roster of projects is complete and that while Superman will also be in it, it will be a movie that focuses on a younger version of the character – meaning Henry Cavill is no longer returning to the role. While Cavill’s time as Superman has come to an end, he may not be done with DC just yet. Gunn also noted on Twitter that he and Safran have met with the actor and “discussed some exciting possibilities of working together in the future”.
“Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go that we couldn’t be happier with; we’ll be able to share exciting information about our first projects at the start of the new year,” Gunn wrote. “Among those on the slate is Superman. In the early stages, our story will focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character won’t be played by Henry Cavill. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re We’re big fans and we talked about some exciting opportunities to work together in the future.”
As for where in the DC Universe Cavill might fit in, a lot of that would depend on what Gunn and Safran’s slate contains, something fans should hear more about sometime early in the new year. For Cavill’s part, the actor released his own statement about this change of plans, telling fans that while he’s sad, he’s glad he’s had his time as Superman and is excited about the character’s future.
“Just met with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. After all, I won’t be returning as Superman,” Cavill wrote. “After the studio told me to announce my return in October, ahead of their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but such is 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 everyone involved in the new universe the best of luck and the happiest of luck. For those who have stood by my side over the years… we can grieve for a while, but then we shouldn’t forgotten… Superman is still here. Everything he stands for still exists, and the examples he gives us are still there! My turn to wear the cape is over, but what Superman stands for will never happen. was fun ride with you all forward and up.”
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