James Gunn writing the Superman movie

James Gunn is making his first big step into DC and he’s going to star as a Superman movie.

The project will focus on the hero’s younger years, and therefore he will be played by a new actor instead of veteran Henry Cavill from Superman. Gunn and DC Studios co-president and co-CEO Peter Safran recently met with Cavill to share the news and discuss ideas for a possible future collaboration on something else, perhaps a different role.

At this point, Gunn is just writing the script, though he could potentially direct depending on where his services are needed at DC Studios, according to an insider.

“Peter and I have our DC slate ready to go, which we couldn’t be more than over the moon with; we’ll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects early in the new year,” Gunn said. wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Superman is among those on the list. In the initial stages, our story will focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so Henry Cavill won’t be playing the character. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and talked about a number of exciting possibilities for us to work together in the future.” .

Although this Superman will be on the younger side, he won’t be living in Smallville but will be Daily Planet Clark Kent, according to Insiders.

The news may come as a surprise to fans who have been anticipating Cavill’s return as Superman in the near future. Cavill appeared in the post-credits sequence of the movie Black Adam, which was released in October, and the Monday after the movie opened, he posted a message on Instagram announcing that he was back as Superman. According to sources, this Instagram message was approved by Warners brass, before Gunn and Safran were hired, hence the change in plans.

Cavill, who has announced his exit from the Netflix series the magician After his return as Superman, the change was reflected in an Instagram post, writing, “I will not be returning after all as Superman.” After asking the studio to announce my return in October, he accepted. [Gunn and Safran’s] Recruitment, this news is not the easiest, but that’s life. Changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a world to build. I wish them and all involved in the new universe the best of luck and the happiest of fortunes.”

In the decade since he first played Superman, Cavill has become a fan-favorite actor, debuting in 2013. man of steeland reprise the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).

Since assuming their new roles on November 1st, Jan and Safran have had meetings with other major players in the DC universe. In addition to Cavill, they recently met with Batman actor Ben Affleck to discuss the possibility of him directing them in the future, according to sources familiar with the conversation. There’s no deal in place for Affleck to helm a DC feature at this point. They also held talks with director Patty Jenkins, who is no longer moving forward with a third director Wonder Woman Movie.

Warners is also developing a Black superman movie written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and produced by JJ Abrams, and Gunn’s new film reportedly had no bearing on that project, as Coates is still working on the script.

Warners has always wanted Gunn to do a Superman movie. In 2018, after Gunn left Marvel Studios for DC when he was temporarily fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Then-head of Warner Studios, Toby Emmerich, prompted Gann to confront Superman. Gunn chose to write and direct Suicide Squad instead of. This movie also paved the way peace makerthe HBO Max spin-off starring John Cena, and gave Gunn a taste of world-building in the DC universe.

Still, Superman It has long been a favorite of Gunn, who has had this new movie in mind since his early days in DC four years ago. Over the weekend, Gunn celebrated the anniversary of the 1978 Richard Donner film, Share the poster He remembers seeing them in theaters in Missouri as a child. The director and executive director wrote: “I loved it and beat it star Wars Mine. And the result blew my mind.”

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