James Gunn, one of the DC Studios’ new executives, has denied removing Henry Cavill from his position as Superman.
Just months after announcing his return, the actor acknowledged in December that he had been fired, calling it “sad news.”
However, Gunn, who just took over the superhero franchise alongside Peter Safran, claimed on Tuesday that they simply decided not to engage Cavill for any other projects, as opposed to firing him.
He said this while announcing a ton of brand-new DC films and TV programming.
According to Gunn, Henry wasn’t fired. Henry never had a role.
“For me, the question is who I want to see play Superman, and who do the filmmakers that we have in mind? And it’s not Henry for me or this tale.
“I admire Henry, I believe he’s a fantastic man,” he continued. I believe that numerous individuals, including the previous administration at this organization, are playing games with him. But for a number of reasons, this Superman is not Henry.
In movies like Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman, Cavill portrayed Superman. In October of last year, just after Cavill made a surprise appearance as the Man of Steel during the credits of the Dwayne Johnson movie Black Adam, Gunn and Safran acquired control of DC Studios.
The British singer had earlier stated that there were no negative feelings about the new DC co-CEOs’ decision to take a different path.
This news isn’t the easy to share after the studio instructed me to do so back in October, before they were hired, but that’s life, Cavill stated just before Christmas.
In “Gods and Monsters,”
On July 11, 2025, a brand-new Superman film directed by Gunn himself will enter theaters, albeit Cavill might not be in it.
Gunn claimed that Superman: Legacy will herald “the true beginning of the DCU,” emphasizing how the film’s main hero reconciles his Kryptonian ancestry with his human upbringing.
It is a part of a brand-new slate of films and television shows dubbed Chapter One: Gods and Monsters that will be released over the course of the next ten years.
The goal is to use the same actors throughout the DC Universe’s movies, TV shows, games, and animations to connect characters and plotlines in a more consistent manner. Gunn included an online video.
The Brave And The Bold, a new Batman story based on Grant Morrison’s comic book series, will chronicle the tale of Batman and his son Damian Wayne, an assassin whose father tries to keep in line. This new age will also feature Superman.
According to reports, Robert Pattinson, who starred in Matt Reeves’ 2022 movie The Batman, won’t be returning to the part.
The Flash, a movie starring Ezra Miller, will be released on June 16 of this year, marking the official start of the DC re-set.
The Justice League star is now on probation after entering a guilty plea to illegally entering a neighbor’s property.
In August, Miller—who prefers they/them pronouns—started receiving treatment for “complicated mental health concerns” and apologized in a statement to anyone the star’s previous behavior had “alarmed and disturbed.”
The actor was a part of numerous high-profile conflicts and events, including getting detained twice in Hawaii last year.
After the movie, when questioned about Miller’s potential involvement, Gunn responded, “Let’s see what happens.”
He continued, “Listen, Ezra is completely committed to their recovery right now, and we talk to them. “We’re always in touch, but when the time is right, we’ll sit down with them and figure out what’s best for them personally and for us as well,”
He also refrained from criticizing Zachary Levi, another DC Universe celebrity who appears in the upcoming Shazam: Fury of the Gods film, after the actor last week came under fire on social media for vehemently agreeing on Twitter that the Pfizer vaccination represented “a danger to the world.”
As a result, the actor was perceived by many online as being anti-vaccine, a stance that Gunn does not personally support but that the actor is free to hold.
Simply put, Gunn remarked, “I work with actors and directors, and they will say things that I agree with and things that I don’t agree with. “And that will take place. I don’t have a list of things that, in my opinion, someone ought to say. You see, I can’t keep altering my ideas every time a performer says something I disagree with.
Likewise, he said, “if someone is doing something morally repugnant then that’s a different situation.” “We must consider all of that information. It’s an equilibrium. It’s a new universe with a distinct setting.
Other projects shared by Gunn included several animated and live action TV series, such as the Viola-Davis-starring Waller, based on a character previously seen in the Suicide Squad films.
“I’ve loved the DC characters since I was a child. They’re incredibly important to me,” said Gunn.
“I knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something very different.”
Newly announced DC films
- Superman: Legacy
- The Authority
- The Brave and the Bold
- Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
- Swamp Thing
Newly announced DC TV shows
- Creature Commandos
- Booster Gold
- Paradise Lost
Previously announced upcoming DC projects
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods
- The Flash
- Blue Beetle
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
- Peacemaker Season 2
- Joker: Folie à Deux
- The Batman 2
- Gotham Knights
- Superman & Lois
DC fans have been waiting patiently for someone to take control of the DCU and tie it all together, and James Gunn is unquestionably the man for the job based on his body of work.
Fans are speculating about who will don the cape for Superman, the Amanda Waller series starring Viola Davis, and a revamp of Green Lantern that will focus on John Stewart as well as Hal Jordan. Additionally, some lesser-known characters taking the stage excites the audience.
Batman is a subject that usually makes DC fans anxious, but Nolan has previously beyond himself, and Matt Reeves’ Batman has been a big hit with the audience, who are equally interested for his 2025 sequel.
Damian Wayne isn’t the fan favorite for Robin compared to others like Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Jason Todd, thus the news that the DCU Batman will be considerably older and team up with him was shocking to online fans.
Any references to Harley Quinn are conspicuously absent from the slate. Although it didn’t do as well at the box office, Birds of Prey has been one of DC’s better recent productions. Gotham City Sirens, which would feature Quinn alongside Poison Ivy and Catwoman, has been on and off the table for a while.
Now, fans must wait to see if any new endeavors or people will be included in the 10-year plan, as well as any casting news that will undoubtedly stir up discussion.
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