James Gunn Reacts To Being Called ‘Cold’ Over Henry Cavill’s Departure As Superman

Since its inception, the DC Extended Universe has been full of behind the scenes twists, constantly putting the fandom on their toes in the process. After a series of shake-ups, James Gunn and Peter Safran became co-CEOs, and are working to make the shared universe a cohesive story across movies, TV, and video games. And Gunn recently reacted to being called “cold” over Henry Cavill’s departure as Superman.

The DCEU broke the internet when it was revealed that Henry Cavill would no longer be returning to the role of Superman, despite his recent cameo in Black Adam. This was disappointing to his many fans, but it sounds like there’s already a new plan for how the shared universe will tell the Man of Steel’s story. And James Gunn recently reacted online when a fan claimed that Cavill's departure was “cold” and “CEO worthy.” His response tweet reads as follows:

I'm anything but cold about it. I sat down in person with Henry yesterday and we had a very open and honest and respectful discussion. We've communicated since and he and I are all good. And I said what I needed to say yesterday, not sure what else you'd like me to say.

Well, there you have it. Clearly James Gunn is dealing with backlash related to his new role in the DC Extended Universe. And since the acclaimed filmmaker is regularly so generous on social media, that means he’s been meeting some criticism directly. We’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes for fans to get over the fact that Henry Cavill won’t be back as the Last Son of Krypton after all.

James Gunn’s response was shared to his 1.4 million followers on Twitter, and shows yet another example of the beloved filmmaker communicating directly with the public. And while he’s no doubt super busy working on both Guardians 3 and within his new job at DC, he’s still taking the time to squash rumors that are circulating online. And per his report, things are anything but cold between himself and Henry Cavill. That being said, Gunn seems confident swinging hard to bring his vision for the shared universe to life.

To Gunn's point, the official statements that came from both Henry Cavill and the filmmaker made it seem like the two artists parted amicably. What’s more, Cavill's already started booking exciting new projects. And his final departure as Superman has some fans hoping that this might increase his odds to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. Clearly, he's still has a lot going for him, even if he’s hung up the cape for good this time.

As previously mentioned, James Gunn has been regularly answering questions online about the DCEU, making some important clarifications in the process. For instance, he confirmed that while Henry Cavill isn’t playing Superman, that beloved hero will still factor into the shared universe. Only time will tell exactly how this all goes down.

The next installment in the DCEU is Shazam! Fury of the Gods on March 17th. In the meantime, check out the 2023 movie release dates to plan your trips to the theater in the New Year. And smart money says it’s going to be a year full of more DC related twists. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.