Henry Cavill ‘will not return as Superman’

Henry Cavill has officially announced that he will not “return as Superman.” He took to Instagram to release a statement, while new DC Studios boss James Gunn also took to Twitter to confirm the news that the titular actor will not be joining their new universe. The news comes after Gunn took to Twitter to assure fans that “Superman is a big priority, if not the biggest priority.”

Since Gunn and Peter Safran were named co-CEOs of DC Studios, there have been major changes involving what the future DC Universe will look like. Gunn has often taken to Twitter to debunk rumours, including the recent one that Robert Pattinson’s Batman will be part of “their wider DC universe”. Gunn has the page so that “this is completely untrue.” Regarding Cavill not returning as Superman, Gunn posted on Twitter that, “Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over-the-moon about… Among those on the board is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will focus on an earlier installment of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.”

Cavill shared an emotional statement on Instagram, explaining his discussions with Gunn and Safran, and confirmed he was leaving the role: “After all, I don’t want to come back as Superman.” He said he was initially “told by the studio to announce [his] return back in October” and suggested that at the time it seemed set in stone. However, due to his recent conversation with DC bosses Gunn and Safran, it appears that there is a huge change in the universe they are trying to build, leading to Henry Cavill being removed as Superman.

Check out the full statement from Henry Cavill below. His DC peers, including Jason Momoa and Zachary Levi, have commented on the post, showing him support for his future endeavors.

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