- James Gunn assures fans that the tone of the upcoming DC Universe will vary between projects, reflecting the unique sensibilities of the filmmakers involved.
- Superman: Legacy, written and directed by James Gunn, will explore the superhero’s personal journey and inner conflicts while embodying virtues like truth, justice, and the American way.
- Other projects in development include Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a Swamp Thing reboot, and a Wonder Woman prequel series titled Paradise Lost.
DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn announced ambitious plans for the DC Universe reboot in early 2023, with Superman: Legacy being one of the most anticipated projects. While Gunn is set to write and direct the film, fans have voiced concerns about his use of comedy in previous superhero movies, fearing that this style might overshadow the somber tone usually associated with DC characters. After a fan inquired about this on Instagram, Gunn addressed the issue.
The fan asked, “Does ‘Peacemaker’ Season 1 and your ‘[The] Suicide Squad’ match the style and tone you are going for in the new DCU? Will it shift much from project to project? I’m just stoked waiting to see this Superman and want to know everything you can tell us without spoilers.”
Gunn responded that the tone of the DC Universe would not be consistent across all projects; instead, it would vary depending on the filmmakers involved, reflecting their unique sensibilities.
“It will shift from project to project and will reflect the unique sensibilities of the filmmakers involved.”
Superman: Legacy aims to provide a fresh perspective on the iconic hero, exploring his personal journey as he balances his Kryptonian heritage with his small-town upbringing. The film intends to delve into Superman’s growth and inner struggles while embodying virtues like truth, justice, and the American way. In a world that often deems these qualities outdated, Superman relies on human kindness to steer him in the right direction, striving to reconcile his dual identity and leave a lasting impact.
David Corenswet, known for his work in Netflix series such as The Politician and House of Cards, will portray Clark Kent. Rachel Brosnahan, recently seen in the Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, will play the intrepid reporter Lois Lane. Additional cast members include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner (Green Lantern), and Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific.
Superman: Legacy is an essential milestone in the new DC Universe, followed by other exciting projects like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, a Swamp Thing reboot, and a Wonder Woman prequel series called Paradise Lost. Despite the excitement surrounding these films, Gunn clarified on social media that nothing within the DC Universe would be considered canon until the release of the Creature Commandos series. He explained:
“Nothing is canon until Creature Commandos next year – a sort of aperitif to the DCU – & then a deeper dive into the universe with Superman: Legacy after that. It’s a very human drive to want to understand everything all the time, but I think it’s okay to be confused on what’s happening in the DCU since no one has seen anything from the DCU yet.”
Superman: Legacy is currently set to hit theaters on July 11, 2025.