Henry Cavill has released a statement following the cancellation of his return as Superman by the new DC regime. He stated in it that he was told not to wear the red cape again during a meeting with filmmakers James Gunn and Peter Safran.
James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and the new co-chairman of DC Studios, is writing a Superman film that will not feature actor Henry Cavill, who said it was “not the easiest news” after only recently announcing his return to the role.
Gunn’s new Superman film will take the character in a different direction, focusing on the superhero’s youth. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for DC Studios and its parent company, Warner Brothers, which has been slashing scores of projects to save money since its merger with Discovery, Inc.
Sharing the note he wrote, “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. 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.”
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Henry was last seen as Superman in DC’s most recent film, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam. He appeared in the film’s post-credit scene, leaving fans eager for more Superman appearances in the future. Dwayne also recently stated in a tweet that the studio “inexplicably and inexcusably” did not want to bring back Henry, but he was not going to take no for an answer and his team went to work.
There was a lot of excitement and buzz surrounding Henry’s return as Superman. He had also made the announcement a few months before. Fans were hoping to see their favourite actor don the cape again, but it appears that the Co-CEOs are against it.