Things are heating up in Metropolis, as DC Studios co-head James Gunn has announced he’s writing a new Superman feature film. As part of the new project, Gunn also revealed that Henry Cavill won’t be returning as a hero.
“Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more delighted about; we will be able to share exciting information about our first projects at the start of the new year”, the director turned label manager tweeted Wednesday evening.
“Among those on the slate is Superman. In the early stages, our story will focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character won’t be played by Henry Cavill. But we just had a great meeting. with Henry and we are huge fans and have talked about a number of exciting possibilities of working together in the future.
Sources close to DC said Variety that Gunn, his co-president Peter Safran, and Cavill met recently and are all motivated to find something in the comic book universe that Cavill will tackle.
Cavill confirmed he won’t be reprising the role of Superman in a statement shared on Instagram.
“This is sad news, everyone. After all, I’m not coming back as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return in October, before they were hired, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life,” Cavill wrote. “I respect that James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and everyone involved in the new universe the best of luck and the happiest of fortunes.
Gunn has been working on the new Superman story for a while, insiders say. The storyline will focus on the character’s life as a small-time journalist in the fictional city of Metropolis. Audiences will catch him meeting key figures, like his colleague Lois Lane, insiders added. In addition, Variety Sources have said that the new Gunn project will not replace the previously announced JJ Abrams-Ta-Nehisi Coates Superman concept (which is still in active development).
Cavill isn’t the only late-era DC star to sit down with Gunn and Safran. Ben Affleck – who has played Batman in many of the label’s films – recently sat down with the pair to specifically discuss the prospect of directing an upcoming DC feature, people familiar with those discussions have said.
The Superman news comes after a week of headlines following Warner Bros. not to move forward with a new “Wonder Woman” movie with director Patty Jenkins. On Tuesday, Jenkins tweeted a lengthy statement saying she was “open to considering anything asked of me” regarding a potential third project, which has been shelved. Shortly after, Gunn responded supportively, telling Jenkins on Twitter, “I can attest that all of Peter and my interactions with you were nothing but pleasant and professional.”
As Gunn said on Monday, more details about the reimagined DC Universe are expected to arrive in January.
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