Henry Cavill, a British actor, has lost his chance to play Superman when new DC Studios executives decided they didn’t want to use him in their upcoming film.

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Cavill, who has been Superman since 2013’s Man of Steel, took to Instagram on Wednesday to convey the “sad news” that he will not be returning to the famous role.

“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” he said. “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.”

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In October, Cavill announced to his followers that he would play Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman, once more in the enlarged cinematic universe of DC Comics. The statement came shortly after he’d quit as the star in Netflix fantasy series The Witcher.

Sharing an image of himself in costume, Cavill promised at the time that it was “just a very small taste of what’s to come.”

He reportedly made £11 million ($13.5 million) for his role in Man of Steel, and since its debut, he has appeared as Superman in three further DC films.

Soon after the theatrical debut of DC’s Black Adam, in which he made an appearance as the character in a mid-credits sequence, Cavill said that he would reprise his role as Superman.

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Gunn, who is writing a screenplay for a new episode in DC’s cinematic universe, confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday evening that he and Safran had opted against asking Cavill to act as Superman in their forthcoming movie, which is still being developed.

“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,” Gunn said, adding that the film will not be a Superman origin story.

“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 [on] in the future,” he added.


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