Henry Cavill, who made his legacy as Superman for DC Comics, will not be seen in the iconic red cape again.

On Wednesday, December 14, the 39-year-old actor announced that he will no longer be playing Superman in the DC Extended Cinematic Universe.

Fans were shocked because back in October, Cavill revealed that he will be coming back as the Man of Steel. Cavill appeared as Superman in a mid-credits sequence at the conclusion of the DC movie “Black Adam,” which also starred Dwayne Johnson. (Warner Bros. Discovery, which is CNN’s parent company, is also home to DC Films.)

Cavill said on Instagram that he just met with filmmaker Peter Safran and director James Gunn, who in October was named co-chairmen and chief executive officer of DC Studios.

Henry Cavill Quits DC's Superman, Says 'My Turn to Wear the Cape Has Passed'

Cavil wrote: “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.”

Superman “is still around,” according to Cavill, despite his not taking on the role again.

He stated, “The examples he sets for us are still there, and all he stands for still remains.” “While it may be past my turn to don the cape, what Superman stands for will never go away. It’s been a pleasure traveling with you everyone; keep moving forward.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Gunn said that he and Safran “have a DC slate ready to go, about which we could not be more over the moon; we’ll be able to share some exciting details about our first projects at the beginning of the new year.”

Gunn said: “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.”

Gunn then began addressing questions from fans, confirming, among other things, that he has been developing a Superman movie for a long and that this would not be an origin story.

The news on Wednesday also follows Cavill’s departure from the Netflix series “The Witcher,” where he played the lead role for three seasons. He will be replaced by actor Liam Hemsworth.

Since being hired, Gunn and Safran have been reviewing the studio’s schedule of films, with some of their selections recently garnering media attention. Director Patty Jenkins spoke candidly about rumors that the studio will not be moving forward with a third entry in the “Wonder Woman” franchise on Tuesday.

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