Henry Cavill, who confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Superman, expressed that it was “not the easiest news” that he wouldn’t be appearing in the Superman movie that Guardians of the Galaxy director and DC Studios’ new co-chairman James Gunn is writing.
Gunn’s upcoming Superman movie will take the superhero differently and concentrate on his formative years. The announcement is pivotal for DC Studios and its parent firm Warner Brothers, which has been axing numerous projects to save expenses since it merged with Discovery, Inc.
Since the 2013 movie Man of Steel, Cavill has played Superman. His most recent appearance as the superhero was in a cameo in Black Adam earlier this year. He revealed he would return to portray Superman in October after leaving the lead role in the Netflix series The Witcher.
Cavill shared on Instagram on Wednesday that he had met with Gunn and his co-chair, Peter Safran, to receive the news.
Cavill wrote, “I won’t be returning as Superman after all. “This news isn’t the simplest to share after the studio instructed me to do so back in October before they were hired, but that’s life. An event that takes place is the changing of the guard. I honor that. James and Peter need to create a universe. I send my best wishes and luck to them and everyone else participating in the new universe.
Although “Superman is still around,” he noted, fans may want to “mourn for a while.” “While it may be past my turn to don the cape, what Superman stands for will never fade away. It’s been a pleasure traveling with you; keep moving forward.
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According to insiders who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, the focus of Gunn’s film will be on the hero’s formative years, when he was still passing himself off as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Gunn may also direct and write the movie, according to the insiders.
At the beginning of the new year, we’ll be able to reveal some exciting information about our first projects, Gunn tweeted on Wednesday. “Peter & I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over the moon about.” “Superman is one of the people on the list. Henry Cavill won’t be portraying Superman because the first portion of our story will center on a different period in his life. But Henry and I recently had a great meeting where we discussed many attractive potential future collaboration opportunities.
Warner Bros approved Cavill’s announcement that he would reprise his Superman role before Gunn and Safran started working at DC Studios on November 1. Just six days earlier, Cavill had mentioned in an interview that he was “pleased” about Gunn’s hiring and was looking forward to playing an “enormously joyful” Superman.
Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman for DC Studios, announced on Tuesday that she would no longer be involved in the franchise’s third installment. In a lengthy open letter in reaction to rumors, she stated: “I never walked away. I was willing to do anything that was requested of me. I was under the impression that nothing could be done to advance anything.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn and Safran have also spoken with Batman star Ben Affleck about the possibility of hiring him as their future director.
According to reports, a Black Superman movie written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and produced by JJ Abrams is still in the works and won’t be harmed by Gunn’s movie.
Since he was briefly fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2018, Gunn has been a leading contender to direct a Superman movie. At the time, Warner’s president Toby Emmerich advocated for Gunn to take on Superman. Gunn, on the other hand, wrote and directed The Suicide Squad.
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