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James Gunn is reportedly pulling double duty on DC Universe’s Superman: Legacy movie, as he isn’t only writing it but also directing it. The DCEU is getting closer to its end with only a few movies left that will be rolling out in 2023. However, a new DC Universe is on its way from DC Studios, with Gunn and Peter Safran serving as co-CEOs. In late January 2023, the duo announced the first movies and TV shows that are coming from the DC Universe. Called Chapter 1, “Gods and Monsters,” more projects will get revealed later in the year. One of the confirmed films is Superman: Legacy with Gunn officially writing the script.
Over the last few months, there have been reports that Gunn would seemingly also direct the DC Universe installment. Nothing had been set into stone regarding Gunn’s Superman: Legacy directing possibilities.
It appears that Gunn is indeed pulling double duty on Superman: Legacy. In a recent interview with Comic Pop (via @John_ElSuperman,) DC Comics scribe and DC Universe architect Tom King seemingly let it slip that Gunn is actually directing the new Superman reboot. Warner Bros. Discovery and DC Studios have yet to make any statements on this story.
Everything We Know About James Gunn’s Superman Movie
Before the title was even announced, Superman: Legacy was the first new DC Universe project that Gunn confirmed was in the works. While it would be a reboot, Gunn has stressed many times that it won’t be an origin story. However, the DC Universe adventure will focus on a younger Man of Steel this time around. This version of the DC icon will simply be in his early days as Superman.
Gunn has also made it clear that this young version of Clark Kent will already have relationships with some major DC characters. The best way to describe it is the equivalent of what The Batman did with Robert Pattinson’s character. He isn’t completely new as a crime fighter, but he still has ways to go before becoming the hero everyone knows from the comics.
With a 2025 release date, Superman: Legacy will likely begin production at the end of 2023 or the start of 2024. Casting will probably be revealed towards the back half of the year, if not at San Diego Comic-Con. If Gunn is truly locked into both write and direct Superman: Legacy, it will hopefully not be long until the new Man of Steel is revealed.
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