Actor Henry Cavill has been dropped from the role of Superman after new executives in charge of DC Studios decided they didn’t want to cast him as the iconic superhero in their next movie.
“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.
“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.”
He said there were no hard feelings.
“The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that,” he continued, in his Instagram post.
“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.”
Gunn and Safran took over DC Studios in late October, just after Cavill made a surprise appearance as the Man of Steel during the credits of the Dwayne Johnson film Black Adam.
Actor Henry then posted a video telling fans: “I wanted to make it official, that I am back as Superman.” The Black Adam cameo was “just a very small taste of things to come”, he added.
Cavill played the legendary role in the 2013 Man Of Steel film, as well as in 2016’s Batman v Superman alongside Ben Affleck, and in Justice League the following year.