The DC Rebirth has officially begun as the Snyderverse can finally lay to rest as both new DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO James Gunn (alongside Peter Safran) and, more importantly, Henry Cavill have confirmed he won’twon’t be returning as Clark Kent.
Cavill said in a statement released last night on Instagram: “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.
“After being told by the studio to announce my return in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’tisn’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,” he continued.
Finally, he thanked the fans for sticking with him and showing their support. Obviously, after having the past five years being dicked about, the Witcher star is as upset as we are.
He added: “For those who have been by my side through the years…..we can mourn for a bit, but then we must remember…. 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.”
As a fan of Cavill’s portrayal of the Man of Steel, it is sad because his performance and Snyder’s direction in the titled movie. It was the reason I became a fan of the character in the first place. However, I’m glad to have the trilogy of films I can return to whenever and this decision is the right one.
This statement and what Gunn posted on Twitter have given the most significant indication that a reboot is coming. Judging by this week’s events, it’s going to be a hard reboot with everything happening ending with Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom in cinemas and Peacemaker on TV before the new Universe replaces it.
Gunn revealed: “Peter & 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.”
The filmmaker continued confirming the slate will include Superman and that “in the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’sSuperman’s life.” When asked by fans, Gunn revealed he is currently writing the script for the new movie and that this won’t be an origin story.
Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while this Kent is on the younger side, it’ll be as a reporter at the Daily Planet and not in Smallville.
If you’re worried about how they could do this, I highly recommend checking out the fantastic animated movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow – which also started a new universe.
The Guardians of the Galaxy director continued repeating what Cavill said in this statement, “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,” he added.
Now, this could be spin and an olive branch to ease the blow for fans, but I hope he does appear in a DC project down the line.
Another big takeaway was when asked about former DCEU Batman Ben Affleck possibly directing this new Superman flick. Surprisingly, Gunn said: “Met with Ben yesterday precisely because he wants to direct & we want him to direct; we just have to find the right project.”
This is a subject to discuss another time, but it’s exciting that Affleck is ready to direct again and, more excitedly, helm a DC project.
As mentioned above, it’s been a busy but necessary week. Wonder Woman 3 was canned, and it makes Gal Gadot’s tweet more of a goodbye. Before Christmas, I could see more cast and directors saying their goodbyes and gratitude with all eyes on Margot Robbie because if she says goodbye, the hard reboot is on.
Also, many of these actors, like Cavill, Gadot and especially Robbie, are moving on to better things with their careers.
Cavill is one of the most sort after actors in Hollywood. Gadot could have a new franchise under her with the upcoming Heart of Stone at Netflix as well as Cleopatra and playing the Evil Queen in Disney’s live-action Snow White.
Meanwhile, with all the buzz around, Robbie could be earning yet another Oscar nomination for her performance in Babylon and has Barbie up next.
As a DC fan, I’ll be happy it’s a clean slate for everyone and the fact we’re going to know about a few projects as early as the new year is incredibly exciting.