February 4, 2023

James Gunn has addressed the backlash over his choice for Henry Cavill to not return as Superman. The DC Studios co-head addressed the “uproarious and unkind” response with a sequence of tweets wherein Gunn promised his decision-making for the way forward for the DC Prolonged Universe wouldn’t be affected by “disrespectful outcry.”

“Our selections for the DCU are primarily based upon what we consider is finest for the story & finest for the DC characters who’ve been round for practically 85 years,” Gunn wrote, on the behalf of co-CEO Peter Safran and himself. Although he doesn’t point out Superman by identify, the character debuted within the comedian e book Actions Comics #1, printed in 1938.

Including that “nobody likes to be harassed or known as names,” Gunn continued, “Disrespectful outcry won’t ever, ever have an effect on our actions. We have been conscious there can be a interval of turbulence after we took this gig, & we knew we might generally need to make troublesome & not-so-obvious selections, particularly within the wake of the fractious nature of what got here earlier than us. However this implies little to us compared to our jobs as artists & custodians in serving to to create a large & great future for DC.”

Learn Gunn’s full response to the Superman backlash beneath.

Cavill introduced his return as Superman simply someday forward of Gunn being introduced as co-Chairman and Chief Government Officer of DC Studios in late October. Gunn is splitting duties with Safran, who has not solely labored on DC movies corresponding to Aquaman and Shazam!, however produced Gunn’s DCEU tasks The Suicide Squad and its Peacemaker HBO Max spinoff.

Lower than two months later, nevertheless, Cavill revealed he was not reprising the position. Gunn confirmed the actor’s exit, saying the “preliminary phases” of the subsequent Superman movie will deal with “an earlier half” of the superhero’s life.

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