Actor Henry Cavill has been dropped as Superman by new bosses of DC Studios, less than two months after he announced his return to the role.
Cavill said “I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and its 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.”
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.
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.
The British actor 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.
Following the announcement, some fans have been speculating that the actor is now available to take on the role of James Bond should the casting director come calling.
39-year-old Cavill, also announced his departure from Netflix’s The Witcher in late October as he will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas