Guardians of the Galaxy director and new co-chairman of DC Studios, James Gunn, is writing a Superman movie that doesn’t feature actor Henry Cavill, which he said after recently announcing he would be working on it “isn’t the easiest news.” Return to the role.

The new Superman film, written by Gunn, takes the character in a different direction and focuses on the hero’s younger years. The announcement comes amid a major shake-up at DC Studios and parent company Warner Bros., which is cutting back on several projects to cut costs following its merger with Discovery, Inc.

Cavill has played Superman since 2013’s Man of Steel and finally appeared in a cameo in Black Adam earlier this year. After stepping down from the lead role in the Netflix show The Witcher in October, he announced he would be returning to play Superman.

On Wednesday, Cavill wrote on Instagram that Gunn and co-chairman Peter Safran had contacted him to deliver the news.

“I’m not coming back as Superman after all,” Cavill wrote. “After being told by the studio that I would announce my return in October, before they hired me, this is not the easiest news, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something. I respect that. Jacob and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and everyone involved with the new universe the best of luck and a very happy future.

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Fans may want to “sorry a little”, he wrote, but “Superman is still around”.

“It’s past my turn to wear the cape, but it never will be what Superman stands for. With all of you, it’s been an up and up fun ride.”

Gunn’s film will reportedly focus on the hero’s younger years as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that Gunn may direct and write the film.

“Peter and I have a DC board ready to go, which we can’t be over the moon about. At the beginning of the new year we can share some exciting information about our first projects He wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Among those in the magazine is Superman. In the early stages, our story will focus on an early part of Superman’s life, so the character won’t be played by Henry Cavill. But we’ve had a good relationship with Henry and we’re big fans, and we’ve discussed many exciting opportunities to work together in the future.”

Cavill was reportedly signed by Warner Bros. to return as Superman, before Gunn and Safran took over the roles at DC Studios on November 1. Just six days before that, Cavill had said in an interview that he was looking forward to playing a “very happy” Superman and was “thrilled” to have hired Gunn.

On Tuesday, it was announced that DC Studios’ Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins would not be working on the franchise’s third film. Responding to reports, she denied quitting, writing a lengthy open letter saying: “I never left. I was open to considering what was being asked of me. Realizing that there is nothing I can do to move anything forward at this point.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that Gunn and Safan met with Batman actor Ben Affleck to float the idea of ​​directing them in the future.

The Black Superman movie, written by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and produced by JJ Abrams, is still in development, and will not be touched by the Gunn movie.

Gunn has long been in the running to make a Superman movie: When Gunn moved from Marvel Studios to DC in 2018 and was temporarily fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, then-Warners boss Toby Emmerich pushed Gunn to take on Superman. Gunn wrote and directed Suicide Squad instead.

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