Henry Cavill‘s long anticipated return as Superman in the DC universe has been scrapped according to DC studios co-head, James Gunn.
After a cameo in the Black Adam post-credits scene, and a confirmation from the man himself at the time, fans were eagerly anticipating what next for Cavill as the boy in blue. However, Gunn has confirmed that the 39-year-old actor would not be donning the red cape again.
Just over a month ago, Cavill announced his return to the DC universe, presumably under the current regime but it looks like changes had to be made.
In a series of tweets put out on Wednesday evening, Gunn confirmed he was writing the script for a new Superman movie but said movie would be focused on an earlier part of Superman’s life.
“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,” the director-turned-label-chief tweeted Wednesday evening.
This comes after a week of headlines following Warner Bros. decision to not move forward with a new “Wonder Woman” movie with director Patty Jenkins.
In a followup tweet, Gunn confirmed that he alongside DC studios co-head, Peter Safran had spoken to Cavill and were discussing a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.
Cavill took to his instagram to confirm the end of his time as Superman.
“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.”