Actor Henry Cavill will not be returning as Superman in DC Comics Cinematic Extended Universe. The announcement was made on Wednesday once the British actor confirmed he will no longer be the one donning the red superhero cape.
In an Instagram post, Cavill said, “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.”
“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,” he said. “The changing of the guard is something that happens.”
Known for his roles in Batman VS Superman in 2016 and Justice League in 2017, Cavill continued his post by thanking his fans adding, “For those who have been by my side for years…we can mourn for a bit, but then we must remember…Superman is still around.”
Cavill’s announcement follows his departure as the lead in the Netflix series The Witcher after three seasons. Liam Hemsworth will take his place.
Henry Cavill departure confirmed by DC studios new boss
James Gunn, DC Studios’ new boss, also confirmed Cavill’s departure in a tweet saying, “Peter & I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over-the-moon about; we’ll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects at the beginning of the new year.”
While answering questions from fans, Gunn confirmed among other things that he’d been writing a Superman film for a while and that this would not be an origin story.
“Among those on the slate is Superman,” Gunn said. “In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.”
Fans were shocked because Cavill announced in October that he would be returning as Man of Steel after making a cameo as Superman in a mid-credits scene at the end of “Black Adam,” the DC film starring Dwayne Johnson.
Superman still exists
Despite the fact that the actor announced that “I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Cavill stated that “Superman is still around.”
Cavill said, “Everything he stands for still exists, and the examples he sets for us are still there!” he wrote. “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.”
Since their appointment, Gunn and Safran have been reevaluating the studio’s slate of projects with some decisions recently making headlines.
However, on Tuesday, director Patty Jenkins opened up about reports that the studio would not be moving ahead with a third installment of the Wonder Woman franchise.
Jenkins said, “Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.”