Henry Cavill went on Instagram to share the sad news that he no longer will be playing Superman.
“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman” the actor announced.
This comes weeks after his appearance on Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram in response to the Black Adam star successfully lobbying for him to appear in the movie’s end credits as the man of steel.
The studio then asked Cavill to announce his return and was very excited about his comeback.
Last October, James Gunn and Peter Safran were named co-studio heads of Warner Brothers DC studios. Gunn and Safran have been involved in the comic hero genre before. Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy while Safran produced Aquaman.
Initially, there were high hopes that Cavill would reprise his role in a Black Adam sequel and appear in perhaps another Superman movie. People thought that part of the reason he left the successful Netflix series The Witcher is because of his eventual return to the DC comics franchise.
But the new co-studio heads Gunn and Safran might have other plans as Cavill explains in his tweet:
“The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build,” he said.
He continued with some comforting words for the fans who have supported him all the way since he donned the red cape.
“For those who have been by my side through the years, we can mourn for a bit, but when we must remember, Superman is still around. Everything he stands for still exists and the examples he sets for us are still there!”
Cavill ended it with: “It’s been a fun ride with you all, onwards and upwards.”
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There is a chance that this might blow up in Warner Brother’s faces and continue the dismal performance against the highly successful Marvel universe. Whether a former Marvel executive (James Gunn) can take DC to unprecedented heights, we will have to wait and see.
With no one yet in place viable enough to become the next Superman, it’s looking dire for a struggling franchise as Cavill arguably can be considered the best one yet to take the iconic role.