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DCU’s SUPERMAN: LEGACY Has Narrowed Down Casting Choices, But Not Done Yet

Soon the world will meet a new Clark Kent in Superman: Legacy. DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran are rebooting the most famous superhero in the world as they transition the franchise from the DCEU to the DCU. Who will play the Man of Steel on the big screen this time around? What kind of story will we see him in? And who will bring it to life?

An illustrated Superman sits above the trees and looks over his shoulders
DC Comics/Frank Quitely

Right now, the question of casting Superman: Legacy is top of mind for fans, but everyone, we’ll have to be patient for a while longer. James Gunn recently shared a bit of a casting update on the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast. He notes that once he hammered down the story of Superman: Legacy, he felt a lot of pressure casting the role. But now he says, “We’ve done a lot of auditions, we’re narrowing it down.” However, “we’re not done yet.” Gunn also cautions that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion out there when it comes to casting.

In short, we have to hang tight for now. When Superman is cast, we’ll know. Still, we’re glad to hear that the field has been narrowed. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon who the next Man of Steel will be.

Gunn also neither confirmed nor denied whether Lex Luthor will appear in his Superman movie. But he did agree with Rosenbaum that if Lex Luthor does appear in the DCU, he’ll be grounded and real.

Here’s everything we know about Superman: Legacy…so far.

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The DCU’s first official movie ( though not its first official release) is titled Superman: Legacy. That will kick off the film side of what James Gunn has called the franchise’s first chapter, “Gods and Monsters.” He has also called Superman: Legacy “the true beginning” of the DCU.

Superman: Legacy‘s Plot

While the film still has no official synopsis, Warner Bros. did provide a description of what we can expect from the story, which James Gunn says is not an origin tale.

Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

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Gunn announced the film with art from the cover of All-Star Superman by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely. Whether or not that means the story is influenced, inspired by, or adapted from the 12-issue comic series in any way is unclear. What Gunn has said is the movie will focus on “an earlier part of Superman’s life,” where he is still old enough to already be working for the Daily Planet.

In a recent interview, Gunn did tease that a potential fan-favorite character might be part of the movie. The idea of Krypto the Superdog appearing in Superman: Legacy was batted around by James Gunn and Chris Pratt. But whether everyone’s favorite heroic canine will really appear is yet to be 100% confirmed.

Superman: Legacy‘s Cast

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Casting has not yet been announced for the film. We do know Henry Cavill will not reprise his role as Superman, though. It also seems unlikely Logan Lerman will get the part, even if he seems to be the right age for the version of Superman Gunn has described when talking about the film.

But recently, James Gunn shared more about what he’s looking for in casting the role of Superman himself.

Gunn noted:

We actually have some really great choices, which I’m excited about. But it has to be somebody who has all of the humanity that Superman has, but he’s also an alien. It’s gotta be somebody who has the kindness and the compassion that Superman has. And it has to be somebody that you want to give a hug.

Behind the Scenes 

James Gunn wrote the ( definitely completed) script and is directing. On Twitter he also announced pre-production has already begun on the film.

For fans worried about possible interference from Warner Bros. Discovery executives, Gunn said his DC Studios operates independently and he won’t be getting any notes on his script from them.

Superman: Legacy‘s Release Date

Superman: Legacy will soar into theaters faster than a speeding bullet on July 11, 2025.

Originally published on April 11, 2023.

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