James Gunn dismisses speculation that Jacob Elodi is the new Superman.
The 56-year-old filmmaker, who took over as co-CEO of DC Studios alongside Peter Safran in October, responded to reports online that the “Happy” star will be on the next stage. Playing Iron Man in a big screen movie. role, insisting that he won’t start casting until the script is complete and that no announcements will be made anytime soon.
He tweeted in response to a post that composited Jacob’s face onto Superman: “My thought is, no one has been cast for Superman yet.
“Casting, like I almost always do, will happen after the script is done or close to it, and that’s not the case.
“We’ll be announcing a few things shortly, but the casting of Superman won’t be one of them.”
Henry Cavill revealed last year that he would be returning as Superman with a cameo in Black Adam, but a few weeks later he revealed he was out of a job after discussions with new DC bosses.
In a statement shared on Instagram, he said: “I just met with James Gunn and Peter Safran and this is sad news everyone. After all, I will not be returning as Superman.
“The studio told me to announce my return in October, before they hired, and the news wasn’t the easiest, but that’s life.
“The changing of the guard is something that is bound to happen and I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build on.
“I wish them and all those involved with the new universe the best of luck and the best of luck.”
James later explained that the “initial stages” of the studio’s new plan for Superman included looking back at the “early stages” of his life.
He explained: “Peter [and] I’ve got a DC slate ready and we’re really excited about it; we’ll be able to share some exciting info about our first project at the start of the new year.
“Superman is on the list. In the initial stages, our story will focus on Superman’s early life, so the role will not be played by Henry Cavill.
“But we just had a great meeting with Henry, we’re both huge fans, and we discussed many exciting possibilities for future collaborations.”