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Henry Cavill Issues Statement About Not Returning As Superman: ‘That’s Life’

December 14, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Man of Steel Henry Cavill Superman Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Henry Cavill will not be returning to DC as Superman, and the actor has issued a statement commenting on the news. As reported earlier this evening, James Gunn announced that he is writing a new Superman movie as part of his and Peter Safran’s plans for a more cohesive DC film slate and that the new film will not star Henry Cavill. Cavill posted to his Instagram account to react to the news, saying that he had spoken with Gunn and Safran and that it “isn’t the easiest” news, but he wishes them well.

Gunn had noted in his post that “our story will be focusing 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 a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

In the full statement, Cavill wrote:

“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman. 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. 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.”

“For those who have been by my side through the years… we can mourn for a bit, but then we must still remmber… 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.”