Henry Cavill no longer playing Superman in new movie

Henry Cavill no longer playing Superman in new movie

Actor, having announced his comeback to the role recently, says it is ‘not the easiest news’

THE new Superman film, directed by DC Studios new co-chairman James Gunn, won’t feature the actor Henry Cavill.

In a social media post, Cavill said the development was “not the easiest news”, after having announced his comeback to the franchise.

Cavill first played Superman in the 2013 film Man of Steel. His latest appearance was in the role in Black Adam this year. He resigned from the lead role in The Witcher in October, and announced that he would be playing Superman again.

The new Superman film written by Gunn will focus on the superhero’s younger years, reported the Guardian. The announcement comes amid changes at DC Studios and parent company Warner Brothers. It has been slashing projects to cut costs after merging with Discovery, Inc.

On Wednesday, Cavill wrote on Instagram that Gunn and his co-chair, Peter Safran, had met with him to deliver the news.

“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Cavill wrote. “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.”

“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.”

Gunn’s film will reportedly focus on his years posing as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, with insiders telling the Hollywood Reporter that Gunn could potentially direct the film.

“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,” Gunn wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

“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. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

Cavill’s announcement that he would return as Superman was reportedly signed off by Warner Bros. This was before Gunn and Safran started their roles at DC Studios on November 1.

About a week earlier, Cavill had reportedly said that he had high hopes for playing an “enormously joyful” Superman and that he was “very excited” about Gunn being hired.

source – The Vibes


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