Henry Cavill Has Announced That He is Leaving as DC’s Superman

Henry Cavill has said he will no longer play Superman in the World of DC.

The actor stated he’d been informed during a meeting with DC that the studio’s new heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran, are working on a new film on a younger Clark Kent in an Instagram post on Wednesday (December 14).

Since Cavill only recently returned to the part for a cameo in Black Adam after years of ambiguity over his DC future, this circumstance is sure to be a massive shock to fans.

“The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that,” Cavill wrote on Instagram. “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.”


The Man of Steel actor acknowledged that while he will now “mourn for a bit,” he wants fans to remember that “Superman is still around.”

In a comment on social media, Gunn emphasized this point and virtually confirmed rumors that he is now drafting the script for a new Superman film.

“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.

“Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, our story will focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.”

“But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about several exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

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Cavill suffered a double blow when he announced his departure from The Witcher at the same time as his comeback as Superman. For the next fourth season, he was replaced by Liam Hemsworth, the Hunger Games star.

Henry Cavill Leaving superman
Henry Cavill Leaving Superman

Since being designated as the new heads of DC Studios, Gunn and Safran, the DC universe has undergone a significant upheaval.

According to recent sources, the duo decided against making Wonder Woman 3 since the studio’s new strategy did not fit with director Patty Jenkins’ present intentions.

Other unsubstantiated rumors have said that Zack Snyder’s Justice League roster of heroes will be scrapped in favor of a new group of actors.

What will transpire with the DC films produced under the previous director Walter Hamada, including Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Aquaman, and the Lost Kingdom, all of which have 2023 release dates, is still uncertain.

Henry Cavill Confirms Exit As Superman: “My Turn To Wear The Cape Has Passed”

Henry Cavill confirmed the news shortly after James Gunn revealed that he is writing a new Superman movie set in the Man of Steel’s youth and that Cavill won’t be playing him.

“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” Cavill, who recently announced his return to the cape after his cameo in Warner Bros/DC’s Black Adam.

“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” he writes in an Instagram post — despite Gunn teasing that the actor could be involved in another way in the DC universe. “My turn to wear the cape has passed, but what Superman stands for never will.”

“After being told by the studio to announce my return in October, before their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life,” writes the actor, who is also repped by Dwayne Johnson’s manager, Dany Garcia.

His post already has gotten responses, including from fellow DC players, Shazam’s Zachary Levi (“Hope to catch you in another universe, sir”) and Aquaman’s Jason Momoa (“love u brother”).

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Cavill made his screen debut as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (2013), which brought in over $668 million worldwide. In the Snyder-directed films Justice League and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he returned as the masked man. The three films brought in close to $2.2 billion in total revenue.

Final Lines

Henry Cavill confirmed that he would not be playing Superman in James Gunn’s upcoming film, set during the Man of Steel’s youth.

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