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British actor Henry Cavill will not be “Superman” again in the saga dedicated to the comic book superhero produced by Warner Bros, he announced in a message on his social networks.
The actor said he received the news after speaking with DC Studios co-presidents and co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are directing the saga.
“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad new, everyone,” the actor posted on his Instagram profile, which has several million followers.
“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’t the easiest, but that’s life” added the star of The Witcher.
“The changing of 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,” Cavill added.
Cavill’s post came just as Gunn tweeted that he will write a new “Superman” film to focus on the younger years of the DC studio’s superhero, noted The Holywood Reporter.
“Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, so we couldn’t be more excited; we’ll be able to share exciting information about our first projects early in the new year,” wrote Gunn.
Cavill, 39, stepped into the superhero’s shoes in the films “Man of Steel,” “Batman and Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”