Henry Cavill Will Not Return To ‘Superman’ Role In New Film, Eyed To Play Different DC Character: Report
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED Henry Cavill attends 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' photocall at Claridge's Hotel on July 23, 2015 in London, England.
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DC Studios boss James Gunn announced this week that he will not bring back Henry Cavill to play in his new “Superman” movie.

Gunn said that he and co-head Peter Safran had a new slate of movies to release that they would be sharing more information on after the start of the year, according to Variety.

“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,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. He explained that the new movie would focus on Superman’s early life, “so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.” But Gunn assured fans that he and Safran had spoken to Cavill and “talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

Cavill responded in a statement posted to his Instagram account where he said that it was not easy hearing the news.

“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” the actor posted to Instagram on Wednesday. “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. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that.”

Cavill then wished Gunn and Safran luck on their new vision of the DC movie universe.

“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,” he continued. “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.”

Sources told Variety that Cavill recently met with Gunn and Safran and that they are focused on finding another role for him in “the comic book universe.”

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