() — DC fans around the world collectively wept Wednesday as British actor Henry Cavill said he will no longer don Superman’s red cape in the DC Comics Extended Cinematic Universe.
Fans were shocked by the news, especially after Cavill announced in October that he would return as the Man of Steel. Cavill even made a cameo as Superman in a mid-credits scene at the end of “Black Adam,” the DC movie starring Dwayne Johnson. ( and DC Films are part of the same parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Taking to Instagram, Cavill explained that he met with filmmaker James Gunn and British film producer Peter Safran, who in October were named co-chairmen and CEOs of DC Studios.
“After all, I’m not coming back as Superman,” Cavill wrote. “After the studio told me to announce my return in October, before he was hired, this news is not the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect him.”
Cavill said that even though he didn’t get the role back, “Superman is still around.”
“Everything it stands for still exists, and the examples it gives us are still there!” he wrote. “My turn to wear the cape has passed, but what Superman represents will never pass. It’s been a fun journey with all of you, onward and upward.”
Gunn also took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting that he and Safran “have a DC slate ready to go so we couldn’t be more excited; we will be able to share exciting information about our first projects early in the new year.”
Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life by him, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 15, 2022
“Among those on the blackboard is Superman. In the early stages, our story will focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill,” Gunn said.
Gunn then began answering questions from fans where he confirmed, among other things, that he had been writing a Superman movie for a while and that this would not be an origin movie for the hero.
Wednesday’s announcement also comes on the heels of Cavill’s departure from the Netflix series “The Witcher” after starring as the lead for three seasons. Actor Liam Hemsworth will take his place.
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Since their appointment, Gunn and Safran have been reevaluating the studio’s project slate, with some decisions making headlines recently. On Tuesday, director Patty Jenkins addressed reports that the studio would not be moving forward with a third installment in the “Wonder Woman” franchise.
‘s Dan Heching and Lisa Respers France contributed to this report.