James Gunn Responds To Henry Cavill Superman TV Rumors

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A frustrated James Gunn took to Twitter to shoot down rumors that Henry Cavill would appear as Superman in DC TV shows.

By Vic Medina
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DC Films CEO James Gunn forcefully knocked down reports that Henry Cavill’s return as Superman to the DC Extended Universe was going to be much more substantial than originally thought, and would include appearances in DC TV shows. An obviously-annoyed Gunn took to Twitter to respond to a report from another movie news site about Cavill’s future, insisting that “NO ONE knows what’s happening at DC Studios right now other than me & Peter (Safran).”

Gunn then told the movie site, Geekosity, that “I’m not sure if you’re purposely lying or being taken advantage of by someone lying to you,” saying that any specific reports of Cavill’s future in the DCEU are not true, as any plans are being kept between he and co-CEO Peter Safran. “That would include writing up any new contracts for anyone at this point,” he said.

The Guardians of the Galaxy director is active on Twitter, and in the past wasn’t afraid to go one-on-one in debates or disagreements. After his hiring as DC Films CEO, some might have thought Gunn would be less engaging with fans or media sites, but he appears ready to take them on.

The reports James Gunn was referring to stated that Warner Bros. Discovery was going to maximize Henry Cavill’s return in every way possible, including sequels to Man of Steel, crossover appearances in other DCEU films, and even appearances in DC TV shows. Appearances by Superman in both Shazam! and the HBO Suicide Squad spinoff series Peacemaker had to avoid showing the character’s face, as Cavill was not called upon to reprise the role. His cameo in Black Adam, however, indicates a change of direction and a willingness by DC Films to showcase their biggest assest at the moment.

Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Gunn’s denial of any Superman rumors, although not new, has been met with criticism by fans who feel he could end all of the wild speculation by simply giving some concrete plan for Henry Cavill’s future. Simply saying that more Superman solo films are coming, or confirming a crossover or two wouldn’t spoil anything, and give fans something to talk about. Considering Marvel has announced films up to four years in advance, a model James Gunn wants to emulate, now would be a good time to start by putting the rumors to bed.

CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav has already voiced his approval of Henry Cavill as Superman in the DCEU, and using him in multiple DC properties would certainly meet with his approval. Cameos in TV shows certainly wouldn’t tarnish the Superman brand, and provide more cohesiveness to the universe. Films like The Flash and Aquaman 2, which have seen some controversy due to the antics of stars Ezra Miller and Amber Heard, could certainly use a Superman fly-by to settle things down.

With Henry Cavill walking away from The Witcher series, he seems to be clearing his schedule for the future. Having James Gunn fill in a few blanks on that schedule would go a long way in winning fans back.