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‘This news isn’t the easiest’: Henry Cavill shares moving note as he bids adieu to DCEU’s Superman character

'My turn to wear the cape has passed, but what Superman stands for never will,' wrote Henry Cavill in a note shared on Instagram
UPDATED DEC 15, 2022
Henry Cavill will not return as Superman in 'Man of Steel'(IMDb)
Henry Cavill will not return as Superman in 'Man of Steel'(IMDb)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In early October, Henry Cavill starred as Kryptonian superhero in the post-credit scene of Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam.' Fans went wild when Cavill later confirmed his return as Superman for DC Studios' upcoming project. But that did not last long, as Cavill has bid farewell to the superhero character he's played since 2013 in an emotional note.

James Gunn has also spoken out on Twitter, confirming that Cavill will not return as Superman. Instead, the search is on for a new, slightly younger actor for the role, as the storyline may require it. Gunn also confirmed that he and DC Studios co-president Peter Safran have finalized a DC slate and will announce more in the new year. Cavill, on the other hand, acknowledged in his social media announcement that change is the only constant, assuring fans that Superman is still out there, even if Cavill's own time as the wearer of the red cape is over. Zack Snyder had already called Cavill "the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield"


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Cavill confirmed the news on his Instagram page writing, "I have 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."

Cavill said that he was told by the studio to announce his return back in October but this was before James Gunn and Peter Safran were hired to lead DC Studios. "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."

He further thanked his fans for being by his side and reassured them it is okay to "mourn" but he ended the note saying, "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.”


Regardless, after Cavill confirmed his return as the Kryptonian hero in DCEU, he told 'Happy Sad Confused' podcast host Josh Horowitz "how he never gave up hope" during an October interview. He said, “the character means so much to me.” He continued, “It’s been five years now. I never gave up hope. It’s amazing to be here now talking about it again. There is such a bright future ahead for the character. I’m so excited to tell a story with an enormously joyful Superman.”

This announcement also follows Cavill's exit from the Netflix series 'The Witcher' after starring in it for three seasons. It has been confirmed that actor Liam Hemsworth will take his place in the Netflix series.