Just months after Henry Cavill announced he would return as Superman – there’s been a change of plans!
The actor has taken to Instagram to reveal that he recently had a meeting with DC films co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran, and he will be no longer be returning as the red-caped hero after all…
“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.”
He also added a message for his fans:
“For those who have been by my side through the years, we can mourn for a bit, but then we must remember… Superman is still around. Everything he stands for still exists, and the examples he sets for us are still there! 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.”
So what exactly is going on and why is he not returning?
According to a tweet by James Gunn, the DC universe will next be “focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.”
But he goes on to assure us that this won’t be the last we see of Henry in a DC production: “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.”
There’s also another Black Superman film in the works from Ta-Nehisis Coates and J.J. Abrams.
This leaves a lot of questions – will he ever return as Superman? Will he play a different character in the DC universe altogether? And what does this mean for Henry’s role on The Witcher, which he left (now replaced by Liam Hemsworth) after originally announcing his return as Superman?
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