James Gunn Addresses Widely Circulated Conspiracy Theory Concerning ‘Superman’ & Henry Cavill: “I Had No Interest in Running DC”

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Over a year ago, James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in as Co-Producers and Co-CEOs of DC Studios, even though the DCEU wasn’t doing well. Fans were upset because the universe was getting rebooted despite a few successful movies among many failures.

Safran and Gunn revealed a lineup of new movies, including a new live-action ‘Superman’ set for release in 2025. This ‘Superman’ movie is at the heart of the conspiracy theory, sparking discussion from start to finish.

After ‘Black Adam’ hit theaters, its unexpected failure left many surprised, especially since it teased Cavill’s Superman in a post-credits scene. A sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ was in the works, with ‘Black Adam’ intended to play a significant role in the future of the DCEU.

However, following the movie’s flop, WB executives opted to scrap the entire universe. Despite Cavill being instructed to assure fans of his return as Superman, the studio later reversed course, publicly dismissing any such plans. This decision also excluded ‘Black Adam’ and Cavill’s Superman from future projects.

James Gunn faced the majority of criticism, with many conspiracy theories emerging. They claimed that once he signed up for ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Peacemaker’, he aimed to restart the DCEU and replace previous actors.

A recent statement by Nathan Fillion further fueled these theories. He revealed that he learned about his role as Guy Gardner in ‘Superman’ at the ‘Suicide Squad’ release party.

Fans saw this as a revelation, suggesting that James Gunn had been secretly planning his own ‘Superman’ movie long before anyone knew.

However, James Gunn recently addressed this theory on Threads. He clarified that Nathan Fillion’s statement was incorrect; Fillion learned about his role as Guy Gardner at the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ release party. Additionally, Gunn admitted to pitching his ‘Superman’ story earlier than previously known but emphasized it was always intended to be a different story, likely without Cavill’s involvement.

He also mentioned that he wasn’t keen on overseeing DC until Safran teamed up with him to handle executive matters, allowing Gunn to concentrate on creative aspects. Here’s the complete statement:

James Gunn on threads

You can read the full discussion following this link.

Gunn’s explanation seems plausible if Fillion confused the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ release party with the ‘Suicide Squad’ one. It also aligns with Gunn’s previous assertion that he wasn’t initially interested in leading DC until the opportunity arose. He also clarified that he didn’t directly pitch Superman’s story to WB executives but was presented with a potential deal instead. What are your thoughts on this? Share in the comments below!

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