james gunn is officially making Superman: Legacy His next directorial vehicle. humming feature writing before becoming co-head of DC Studios in November, and it was widely expected that he would direct, though it was unclear whether he would give up his duties overseeing the expanded DC slate with partner Peter Safran. .
Superman: Legacy would be the first big screen feature of the Gunn-Safran era. Warner Bros. has the project out for a July 11, 2025 release.
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“It focuses on a Superman who balances his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way. He is kind in a world that thinks kindness is old-fashioned. Safran told reporters At the end of January.
On Wednesday, Gunn explained that he was hesitant to take on a Superman film, even though he was offered the character before eventually taking it. suicide squad for Warner. Gunn wrote on Twitter, “Initially I declined because I didn’t have a way that felt unique and funny and emotional enough to give Superman the respect he deserves.” “Then a little less than a year ago I saw a path, in many ways centered around Superman’s heritage — how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes. Is.”
Even after deciding to write, he was hesitant to direct. Explained the filmmaker: “Just because I write something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, viscerally and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially Nothing of this magnitude, of course. But, the long and the short of it, I love this script, and I’m incredibly excited to embark on this journey.
Notably, this Superman will not be played by Henry Cavill, who portrayed the superhero man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), and who appeared in a cameo last year black adam, while Cavill believed After Gunn and Safran took over for DC, he would wear the cape for more, making it clear they were going in a young direction for the hero.
Superman: Legacy Gunn will be directing an A-list superhero for the first time. They made a name for themselves by taking relatively unknown characters like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and turning them into household names. He also elevated D-list DC characters like Polka-Dot Man and King Shark to big-screen status. suicide squadto strong reviews.
This feature is one of the projects Gunn and Safran dubbed Chapter 1: Gods and Demons, which is presented as one overarching story told through various TV shows and movies. Other titles include Supergirl: Women of Tomorrow And Officer, In addition there will be titles on the big screen that don’t fit into their larger continuity, such as Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part IIDue October 3, 2025.
saffron made on friday Shazam! fury of the gods arrives in theaters this year as the first of four DC features made before Gunn and Safran took over at DC. In addition to his DC duties, Gunn is closing another chapter in the career that made him a top director nearly a decade ago; His final Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3To be held on 5th May.
For Gunn, who counts Richard Donner Superman As an original theatrical experience, the release date of Superman: Legacy is important. “My brother Matt told me he started crying when he saw the release date,” Gunn wrote on twitter Wednesday. “I asked him why. He said, ‘Man, it’s Papa’s birthday.’ I didn’t realize. His father died two weeks before Gunn began production. suicide squad,
Reflected Gunn: “I lost my father about three years ago. He was my best friend. He didn’t understand me as a kid, but he supported my love of comics and my love for film and I would not be able to make this film without him now.