Today is a very sad day for all DC fans. The co-CEOs of the DC universe have announced a new Superman movie in which Henry Cavill will not reprise his role as the superhero, following the cancellation of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 3 project.
The director-turned-label-chief tweeted about his collaboration with co-studio head Peter Safran on Wednesday evening: “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.”
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“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,” Gunn said in a statement on Twitter.
The news that Henry will not be playing Superman again generated a lot of buzz. Even a few months prior, he had made the same announcement. Fans had been anticipating seeing their favourite actor don the cape once more, but it appears the co-CEOs are against it.
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To make this unfortunate announcement, Cavill took to Instagram. “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,” Cavill wrote.
“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,” the actor added.
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The announcement about Superman follows a week of headlines about Warner Bros.’ decision not to proceed with a new “Wonder Woman” film under filmmaker Patty Jenkins. Regarding a prospective third project, which was shelved, Jenkins tweeted on Tuesday that she “was open to considering anything asked of me.”
After a short while, Gunn tweeted in support of Jenkins, adding, “I can attest that all of Peter and my interactions with you were only pleasant and professional.”