James Gunn is writing a Superman movie that will not star Henry Cavill plus is a DCEU hard reboot on the way?

Henry Cavill is no longer Superman – 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 back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’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.”
  • “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.”

James Gunn is writing a Superman movie – Twitter thread

  • Tweet 1 – “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.”
  • Tweet 2 – “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.”
  • Tweet 3 – “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.”
  • Tweet 4 – “Yes.” (“Being part of the slate I assume it’s a movie?”)
  • Tweet 5 – “I am writing (and have been for a while). We don’t know who is directing yet.”
  • Tweet 6 – “No way.” (“Please tell me this isn’t an origin movie.“)

Details on the Superman movie – Variety

  • “Gunn has been at work on the new Superman story for some time, insiders say. The script will focus on the character’s life as a cub reporter in the fictional city of Metropolis. Audiences will encounter him meeting key characters, like colleague Lois Lane, insiders added. Additionally, Variety sources said the new Gunn project will not replace the previously announced J.J. Abrams-Ta-Nehisi Coates Superman concept (which is still in active development).”

More details from The Hollywood Reporter

  • “Though this Superman will be on the younger side, he won’t be living in Smallville but rather will be Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, according to insiders.”
  • “At this stage, Gunn is merely writing the script, though he could potentially direct depending on where his services are needed at DC Studios, according to insiders.”

Behind the Fall of Henry Cavill’s Superman – The Hollywood Reporter

  • Cavill filmed a cameo for The Flash, but that is now being cut from the film
  • “In the end, he was a pawn in Dwayne’s failed attempt to control a piece of DC,” one insider observers.”
  • Brainiac was the villain of Steven Knight’s treatment for Man of Steel 2

Thoughts on 

  • Cavill’s return/exit
  • Gunn as a writer
  • Will he direct?
  • How long has Gunn been writing?
  • When could it film/release
  • Gunn being writer and head of DC Studios
  • Transparency from leadership
  • Is this a hard reboot?

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