James Gunn debunks rumors that he spoke with Henry Cavill to play Frankenstein’s monster


DC Studios head James Gunn is debunking yet another report about the future of the DC Extended Universe, involving former Superman Henry Cavill.

Cavill announced in October – after his cameo in Black Adam – that he was returning as Superman.

However, just weeks later, James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in to take over DC Studios, and the actor revealed in December he was not returning as Superman.

A new report from Giant Freakin Robot surfaced that claimed that Gunn had spoken with Cavill for another role, with the site claiming their, ‘immediate guess’ was Frankenstein’s monster in the upcoming animated series Creature Commandos.

A number of other online publications started running with the news, with a fan sharing a link to a site called Koi Moi with Gunn, asking if it was ‘true or bull,’ with Gunn debunking the report quickly.

Debunk: DC Studios head James Gunn is debunking yet another report about the future of the DC Extended Universe, involving former Superman Henry Cavill

Not returning: However, just weeks later, James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in to take over DC Studios, and the actor revealed in December he was not returning as Superman

Not returning: However, just weeks later, James Gunn and Peter Safran stepped in to take over DC Studios, and the actor revealed in December he was not returning as Superman 

‘Completely false. We have our Frankenstein – our first choice – & it’s not Henry. Was never discussed with him. #CreatureCommandos,’ Gunn said in a tweet.

Another fan dubbed @capenerdbro responded to Gunn, stating, ‘I know you’re just replying to false info but just comes off as hate towards Henry Cavill. That post had no traction anyways.’

Gunn responded, ‘Its on various news sites & I was asked about it. You might consider that this bile you think comes off in my post has more to do with your framing than what I’m actually saying. I’ve said in the past we’ve discussed other roles with Henry – just Frankenstein is not one of them.’

Creature Commandos was one of the ten new projects Gunn announced in the first part of his Chapter 1 of the new DC Universe (DCU) slate.

Gunn himself wrote the seven-episode animated series, which is already in production, though none of the voice cast members have been announced.

Gunn revealed in his announcement that Creature Commandos will be the first project coming out, revealing that, unlike in the past, the live-action and animated projects will all be tied together.

‘What we’re doing with the DCU is we’re having animation tied directly into live action,’ Gunn said in late January.

‘Television, movies and games all intertwine within the same universe. We’re going to cast actors that are going to be able to play the characters in this, as well as in other things, some of which we’ve already cast,’ he continued, adding he’s written all seven episodes of Creature Commandos and production is under way.

Not true: 'Completely false. We have our Frankenstein - our first choice - & it¿s not Henry. Was never discussed with him. #CreatureCommandos,' Gunn said in a tweet

Not true: ‘Completely false. We have our Frankenstein – our first choice – & it’s not Henry. Was never discussed with him. #CreatureCommandos,’ Gunn said in a tweet

Bile: Gunn responded, 'Its on various news sites & I was asked about it. You might consider that this bile you think comes off in my post has more to do with your framing than what I¿m actually saying. I¿ve said in the past we¿ve discussed other roles with Henry - just Frankenstein is not one of them'

Bile: Gunn responded, ‘Its on various news sites & I was asked about it. You might consider that this bile you think comes off in my post has more to do with your framing than what I’m actually saying. I’ve said in the past we’ve discussed other roles with Henry – just Frankenstein is not one of them’

He also revealed an image revealing the team, featuring Rick Flag Sr. who is, ‘going to show up in other stuff,’ along with Nina Mazursky, Doctor Phosphorus, Eric Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, who he said is, ‘the lead,’ and finally G.I. Robot and Weasel.

Creature Commandos debuted in Weird War Tales #98 in November 1980, created by J.M. DeMatteis and Pat Broderick, with the original team set during World War II.

Chapter 1 of his slate – dubbed Gods and Monsters – begins with Creature Commandos, an animated series already in production, and a live-action series Waller, following Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.

The first movie in the slate is Superman: Legacy, slated for release on July 11, 2025, which Gunn has written and will follow, ‘Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing.’

The next project is a TV series dubbed Lanterns, following multiple Green Lantern characters that is said to be similar to True Detective. 

Next up is a movie dubbed The Authority, following an ensemble of superheroes with extreme methods.

The series Paradise Lost will be set on the island of Themyscira, where the iconic hero Wonder Woman was born.

The next project will be The Brave and the Bold, a new Batman movie featuring Bruce Wayne’s son with supervillain Talia al-Ghul as Robin, which won’t feature Robert Pattinson as Batman.

The TV series Booster Gold will follow, as Safran explained, ‘a loser from the future who uses basic future technology to come back to today and pretend to be a superhero,’ as Gunn added, ‘imposter syndrome as superhero.’

The movie project Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is said to feature a, ‘much more hardcore’ Supergirl than has been portrayed in the past.

The horror film Swamp Thing will delve into the origins of the creature and close out the first part of Chapter 1.

Team: He also revealed an image revealing the team, featuring Rick Flag Sr. who is, 'going to show up in other stuff,' along with Nina Mazursky, Doctor Phosphorus, Eric Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, who he said is, 'the lead,' and finally G.I. Robot and Weasel

Team: He also revealed an image revealing the team, featuring Rick Flag Sr. who is, ‘going to show up in other stuff,’ along with Nina Mazursky, Doctor Phosphorus, Eric Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, who he said is, ‘the lead,’ and finally G.I. Robot and Weasel

Comics: Creature Commandos debuted in Weird War Tales #98 in November 1980, created by J.M. DeMatteis and Pat Broderick, with the original team set during World War II

Comics: Creature Commandos debuted in Weird War Tales #98 in November 1980, created by J.M. DeMatteis and Pat Broderick, with the original team set during World War II

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