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James Gunn Writing New "Superman" Movie


Thu 15 Dec 2022 | 02:42 PM
Yara Sameh

DC bosses Peter Safran and James Gunn announced Wednesday their plans for their first movie under their regime: It’s Superman.

Gunn is currently writing a script about the Man of Steel’s early days. It’s not an origins story, but a new actor will be sought to play Superman.

While the DC bosses would like to work with Henry Cavill, who was slated to return to the role of Clark Kent, also known as Superman, has been informed that he will not be part of the upcoming project. 

The actor later confirmed that the news, saying, “My turn to wear the cape has passed.”

Meanwhile, sources familiar to the scene revealed that the DC bosses are in talks with Ben Affleck to stay in the DC universe, but as a director. 

He is set to reprise his Batman role in "The Flash", which opens on June 16. 

Gunn and Safran plan to unveil their full DC plan in January but are taking meetings with various talents connected to the universe to share their vision as they sort out a more cohesive plan for the comic-book brand.

“Peter and I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more over-the-moon about; we’ll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects at the beginning of the new year, " tweeted Gunn.

He added: “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,"

“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 in the future.”

Superman has appeared in eight Warner Bros. movies during the box office era going back to Richard Donner’s 1978 original starring Christopher Reeve. The movies have grossed $3 billion at the global box office, unadjusted for inflation. 

Studio insiders emphasized that Cavill didn’t go rogue in posting in October about his return as the Man of Steel.

It was a plan hatched by the previous regime before Safran and Gunn to their exec seats at DC. There still is a chance that Cavill could be involved in the DC universe. 

The DC fans were shaken up last week as news leaked that the new Safran-Gunn administration had thumbed down Patty Jenkins’ "Wonder Woman 3". 

However, that decision was made in conjunction with other Warner execs who were providing notes to Jenkins. The Wonder Woman filmmaker tweeted Tuesday that she “never walked away” from the project.

“I was open to considering anything asked of me. It was my understanding there was nothing I could do to move anything forward at this time/ DC is obviously buried in changes they are having to make, so I understand these decisions are difficult right now,” tweeted Jenkins.

Gunn replied on Twitter, “I can attest that all of Peter [Safran] and my interactions with you were only pleasant and professional.”