Henry Cavill Confirms “Superman” Exit as James Gunn Starts Plotting New DC Movie Without Him

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Henry Cavill at the "Justice League" World Premiere in 2017. Photo by FeatureflashSHM/REX/Shutterstock (9221617dd)

The DC Universe is experiencing a huge makeover under the helm of James Gunn and Henry Cavill is its latest victim. The British actor confirmed he won’t be returning as Superman after all, shortly after Gunn announced he’s plotting a new DC project about the iconic superhero.

Gunn took to Twitter to discuss the future of DC after taking over the company alongside Peter Safran. He said that the new Superman movie, which focuses on the earlier part of the hero’s life, is on DC’s future slate. Considering the subject matter, the project won’t include Cavill, but Gunn added they had “a great meeting” with the actor to talk about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.

Cavill confirmed his exit in an emotional post on social media, only a few months after announcing his return. The actor admitted it’s not the easiest to share this news, but wished Gunn and Safran the best of luck as they build a new DC universe.

“Superman is still around. 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,” wrote the actor.