Why Henry Cavill Is No Longer Superman – The Hollywood Reporter

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Nearly two months after Henry Cavill declared on Instagram that he was back as Superman — “I wanted to make it official,” he said in the Oct. 24 clip — the actor had to admit that he won’t be back after all, as the new DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran chart a new course for the Man of Steel in a film that will be written by Gunn and will star a younger actor.

“After all, I won’t be returning as Superman,” Cavill said in a new Instagram post on Dec. 14. It’s not the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter must build a universe.”

The end of Cavill’s time as Superman was the clearest indication yet that Gunn and Safran are engaged in a major overhaul of DC, a reboot that will cut significant, if not most, ties with the previous regimes that made DC movies for Warner. Brittle. Cavill took care of. shot a cameo in it The flashone of four DC movies due out in 2023, but sources say the cameo, along with Gal Gadot’s as Wonder Woman, is now being cut, as the studio opted not to continue with director Patty Jenkins’ version from Wonder Woman 3.

Cavill found himself in the studio in a confluence of several headwinds. Dwayne Johnson pushed for his return via the much-hyped cameo in Black Adam and a potential linchpin for Johnson’s own DC Universe franchise. But Black Adam has grossed $389 million worldwide, the soft performance that propelled Johnson’s much-touted plans for a sequel and an eventual Adam vs. questioning Superman movie even before Gunn’s decision. The studio had its own plan when the film’s new co-chiefs, Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, wanted to make a movie Man of Steel follow up, adopt Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight to write the treatment. (Classic character Brainiac would have been the villain of that play, says a source.)

“In the end, he was a pawn in the Dwayne’s failed attempt to take control of a chunk of DC,” an insider notes.

Cavill, sources say, had no deal to return as Superman, just a verbal agreement that the studio would develop future projects. He received $250,000 each for his cameos. The actor has had a resurgence in recent years thanks to starring in Netflix’s hit fantasy series The Witcher, earning him $1 million per episode. Cavill left the show this fall, though it’s unclear whether the promise of more Superman appearances was behind his departure.

Gunn and Safran are well aware of the sensibilities behind Zack Snyder’s axing of the popular Justice League cast, as well as the sensibilities of saying goodbye to high-profile and popular talent. Leaving aside a call to agents or producers, the executives met with Cavill to discuss their plans and seemed to hint at a potential new role in the future. The pair have also reached out to Ben Affleck, aka Batman, asking him to direct a DC movie for them, while Jason Momoa – who is possibly being done as Aquaman – has also met with the duo, possibly discussing it. playing a new role.

Cavill already drafted another franchise, War Hammer 40,000 at Amazon.

As for Gunn, he was responding to a fan calling Warner Bros. and DC accused Cavill of goosebumping Black Adamthe opening weekend. Gunn said in a comment on Instagram this week, “Everything with Black Adam happened before I got there.”

A version of this story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter magazine on December 16. Click here to subscribe.


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