The DC fandom was shocked when James Gunn broke the news that Henry Cavill was not part of DC Studios’ plans moving forward. The director shared that the studio intends to do a Superman movie set at the start of Clark Kent’s career as a newbie reporter for the Daily Planet.
As expected, fans were furious as Henry Cavill was one of the more popular actors to wear the red cape. After Christopher Reeves, Cavill is the most recognizable actor to take on the role of Superman and he's just as beloved if not more so. After the news broke out that he's no longer going to be part of the DC Universe, the actor posted a letter on Instagram that confirmed the news. Many were sad that the actor will not be returning as Superman after all.
Over on Twitter, angry fans used the hashtag #FireJamesGunn to push back against James Gunn’s plans for the DC Universe. Some users have asked for the co-CEO of DC Studios to be removed from his position.
Cavill has been getting a lot of support from fans on the social media platform. Gunn on the other hand has been bombarded by rants from unhappy fans. The fans of the Superman actor are demanding that Cavill be brought back as the Man of Steel.
Fans start a petition for Henry Cavill
Fans of the Superman actor have set up a Change.org petition to reinstate the actor.
"Mr. Cavill is Superman and can generate an actual net increase to your brand worth $1B+ if you allow him to. James Gunn cannot," the petition states. "What we wish to see of Superman is the same we wish to see of Batman; him in his prime, not Smallville 2.0 for more modern audiences."
"The solution is quite simple: a connected, stand-alone trilogy deal with Mr. Cavill as Kent/Superman. I can point you to dozens of lore knowledge-rich individuals who would shatter, not subvert, your expectations in the writing room, & if you’re looking for a director who will absolutely deliver for EVERYONE, I recommend one Mr. Steve Barron, director of the 1990 TMNT film which still delivers to this day & assisted the late, great Richard Donner on the set of 1978 Superman."
"I don’t know what the beef or blacklist in Hollywood looks like, & frankly you shouldn’t care. Find the best people for the job & deliver a production that is exceptional & worth paying movie ticket prices for, for your customers so it can in turn be profitable for you."
"We WILL vote with our wallets," the petition ends.
Interestingly, James Gunn benefited from a Change.org petition after he was fired by Disney when controversial tweets he made years before resurfaced. Fans asked the studio to rehire Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The petition was supported by over 429,000 fans of the director. Disney reinstated Gunn after six months to direct the final installment of The Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.
The petition to reinstate Cavill has garnered 3,500 signatures in just a day. Fans also made a similar petition for Cavill after he decided to leave the popular Netflix series The Witcher.
In the meantime, Cavill's fans can join together and pray that he'll speed up his next project. The Man of Steel actor will reportedly star in a live-action adaptation of Warhammer 40K on Amazon Prime Video.