Hollywood star Henry Cavill on Thursday announced he will not be returning as Superman in the upcoming DC films. Henry Cavill confirmed his departure from the role, which he has essayed since 2013’s Man of Steel, in a post on Instagram. The news comes almost two months after he announced his come back as Superman.
“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Cavill wrote. “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.” DC fans across the globe collectively mourned as the beloved British actor Henry Cavill confirmed he will no longer be donning the red cape as Superman in the upcoming DC comics. Despite him not reclaiming the role, Cavil said, “Superman is still around.”
On Instagram, Cavill explained he had a meeting with film maker James Gunn and British film producer Peter Safran, who in October were named co-chairmen and chief executive officers of DC Studios.
“Everything he stands for still exists, and the examples he sets for us are still there!” he wrote. “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.”
Gunn also took to social media on Wednesday, tweeting he and Safran “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.” The Hollywood star shared the post hours after Gunn announced he is writing a new feature film about Superman. The filmmaker stated that the upcoming movie will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill.