James Gunn confirms new 'Superman' film in development without Henry Cavill starring as 'Man of Steel'

James Gunn confirms new 'Superman' film in development without Henry Cavill starring as 'Man of Steel'
DC Studios co-head James Gunn (R) revealed that Henry Cavill will no longer be portraying the role of Superman (IMDb/Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: DC Studios co-heads Peter Safran and James Gunn have officially announced that they are working on a new Superman movie. However, unfortunately, it won't feature 'Enola Holmes 2' actor Henry Cavill. According to reports, a new actor will be sought to play Superman in the upcoming movie.

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Furthermore, some talks suggest that Gunn and Safran are in talks with Ben Affleck to stay in the DC Universe but as a director. Affleck is set to reprise his role as 'Batman' in the Ezra Miller starter 'The Flash', which is slated to release on June 16, 2023. Gunn and Safran reportedly plan to disclose their full future concept regarding the DC Universe to fans in January 2023. They are reportedly meeting various talents connected to the universe to share their vision as they sort out a more united plan for the DC brand stretching across all mediums.

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In a tweet, Gunn said, “Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over-the-moon about; we’ll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects at the beginning of the new year.”

He continued, “Among those on the slate is Superman. In the initial stages, 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,” added Gunn.

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Gunn further stated in the comments that he "doesn't know who will be directing the film" when a fan asked if he is directing or just writing it. Although he did confirm they are still searching for the director. 


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Cavill also confirmed the news on his Instagram. The actor confirmed that he will not be returning as the eternally loved DCEU character Superman.


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Superman was created in 1938 by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster and debuted in the comic book Action Comics 1. Superman has appeared in eight Warner Bros movies starting with Richard Donner’s original movie in 1978.

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