DC Studios’ new co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran may have already confirmed that former Superman actor Henry Cavill is not returning to the DCU as the Man of Steel anymore, nor in Creature Commandos, but DC fans are well aware that the awkwardly abrupt exit of the DC actor remains to be a mystery.
Gunn previously admitted that Superman: Legacy is set to star a much younger actor than Cavill, which explained one of the many aspects behind the actor’s firing, and now, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson opened up about his ex-co-star’s exit, claiming that “that’s just business” while comparing it to the success on Black Adam.
“You know, all that I could do [and that we could do] when we were making Black Adam was to put our best foot forward, surround ourselves with the best people, and then also deliver the best movie we could,” Dwayne told Variety in a recent interview, “Our audience score was in the 90s. Critics took a couple of shots. That’s just the business of it, though.”
He continued on: “It’s almost like when you have a pro football team, and your quarterback wins championships and the head coach wins championships. And you have a new owner, and the new owner comes in and says not my coach, not my quarterback, I’m going to go with somebody new.”
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The Rock’s words hold true, especially since he also exited the franchise not long ago from when Cavill did. While he might not exactly be saying that he and Cavill are holding grudges against their sudden cancellation on their respective roles and potential sequels, Hollywood is just a "state of business", no matter how you look at it.
This exhibits their acknowledgement on being inevitably replaced by “someone new”, seemingly indicating that if they had been in Gunn’s place, they, too, would have done the same thing.
DC Studios is currently weaving their DCU films together, which will soon begin with Superman: Legacy, set to be directed by James Gunn himself.
DC Studios’ Superman: Legacy is slated to premiere on July 11, 2025. In the meantime, Black Adam is available to stream on HBO Max.