James Gunn has confirmed this Thursday on Twitter that Henry Cavill will not play Superman in the next installment of the superhero, since DC ―publishing specialized in comics and film label― is writing a draft of the early years of Clark Kent with what they are looking for a younger actor.
“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.
But we just had a great meeting with him and we're huge fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future."
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
In the statement, Gunn has opened the door to upcoming movies by other superheroes: “Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn't be more excited about;
we will be able to share exciting information about our first projects early in the new year.”
Henry Cavill said goodbye last Wednesday in an Instagram post of the character that gave him fame.
October was the last time Cavill was seen in blue and red in a DC movie.
The Black Adam
showed the actor, reprising the character, alongside Dwayne Johnson.
“It's been a while since someone made the world so nervous.
Black Adam, we have to talk”, pronounced the actor.
Days after the premiere, he posted a message on Instagram announcing that he had returned as Superman which was approved by Warner's bosses before Gunn and Safran were hired,
The Hollywood Reporter
Both Johnson and Cavill share a representative, the former's wife, Dany Garcia, who leads all of La Roca's businesses.
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“The changing of the guard is something that happens.
I respect him,” Cavill explained, that he hasn't said goodbye without admitting that he'll “cry a little bit”.
“James and Peter have a universe to build.
I wish them, and everyone involved in the new universe, the best of luck and the happiest of fortunes."
He has also directed his message to fans that he hopes they will remember that "Superman is still around" even though he is no longer involved with the project.
Actually, the actor never signed any contract, but he used social networks and interviews to position himself as the first option if Superman returned to the screens.
Since Gunn and Safran took over as director of the film label, they have met with other key players in the DC universe.
In addition to Cavill, they have talked to Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, to collaborate with them, although there is still no agreement;
and with filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who will no longer be moving forward with a third