James Gunn Clarifies What “Superman: Legacy” Will Be

With James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy in pre-production—it won’t begin filming until the SAG-AFTRA strike is reconciled—fans are understandably enthused about what is a major reboot for DC’s most iconic superhero, arguably the most iconic superhero of them all. Gunn cast David Corenswet as his new Clark Kent, taking over for Henry Cavill, the man who played the most recent iteration of Superman, starting in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel and then again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Gunn had previously stated that his Superman: Legacy, the first film release for his new look DC Studios, which he now runs alongside Peter Safran, would focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life.

Corenswet is 30 years old (Cavill is 40, by the way), and when a fan asked Gunn on Threads if his “young Superman movie” is set in the past, Gunn clarified some things for the fan and for the rest of the world: “I was never making a ‘young Superman’ movie, just a Superman movie!”

Superman: Legacy will give us a fresh version of the legendary story of the alien who was raised on our humble little planet and went on to become our greatest superhero. Corenswet stars alongside Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane and, as Gunn has stated previously, will focus on Superman’s earlier years as he tries to figure out how to balance his life as a Daily Planet reporter in goofy glasses alongside being the most powerful person on the planet.

The two stars are joined by a growing cast that includes Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason/Metamorpho. We’re still waiting on word to hear who will play Lex Luthor and the superheroes who make up The Authority.

Superman: Legacy is set for a July 11, 2025 release date.

For more on Superman: Legacy, check out these stories:

James Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” Cast Shaping Up With Nathan Fillion Joining in a Key Role

“Superman: Legacy”: David Corenswet & Rachel Brosnahan Cast as Superman & Lois Lane

James Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” Deep Into Casting Clark Kent, Lois Lane & More

James Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” Will Begin Filming in Early 2024

Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 02: James Gunn attends the Warner Bros. premiere of “The Suicide Squad” at Regency Village Theatre on August 02, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)


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