In what should come as no surprise, James Gunn will be directing his own script for Superman: Legacy, a major linchpin project that will kick off the the multiplatform connected DC universe – “Chapter One, Gods and Monsters“ – which he and his DC Co-Chairman & CEO Peter Safran are launching.
Gunn announced back in the fall when he took the DC job that was penning a new Superman movie — something Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav is eager to see — and that Henry Cavill would not be returning as the Man of Steel as the project deals with the character’s early days.
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. Gunn already has mentioned on social that his Superman will be younger than his 40s.
The all-new action adventure is set to soar into theaters worldwide on July 11, 2025.
Gunn’s screenplay is based on characters from DC. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Superman: Legacy is the trailblazing first title in a dynamic slate of films, with writer-director Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part II hitting theaters on October 3, 2025.
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While Gunn will look for a new Superman, he and Safran are open to keeping the previous DC actors in place as their characters, those being Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and possibly even Ezra Miller as The Flash (though no hard decisions on that yet). Although Cavill is on the sidelines at the comic book studio, Gunn previously said on December 14 that “we’re big fans, and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”
New Line’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods hits theaters worldwide this Friday, March 17, from Warner Bros. Pictures., and is set to open to $85M worldwide. As far as a threequel for Shazam!, star Zachary Levi told Deadline’s Natalie Sitek last night on the red carpet, “It all comes down to what the people want.”
After Shazam: Fury of the Gods, it’s DC’s The Flash, made during the Walter Hamada-run era at DC, which hits theaters on June 16. Gunn has hailed the movie as one of the best superhero movies of all time. Warners will give theater owners a sneak peek at The Flash during CinemaCon in late April.
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