James Gunn has just announced the new slate of DC Universe films beginning in 2025, which just so happens to include Superman: Legacy. The upcoming film will introduce a new take on Superman different from actor Henry Cavill’s prior interpretation.
Fans were quite disappointed to learn that Henry Cavill would no longer be returning to the role. And while many fans would hope to see him return as the character – James Gunn revealed he has different plans in mind. Specifically, his version of Superman will be a much younger iteration of Clark Kent.
This is important to note because Superman: Legacy will be the first of James Gunn’s DCU slate in 2025. The entire franchise will rely on how this film sets up the continuity going forward. As such, they want to have a younger actor that can carry the role for the next ten to fifteen years.
Additionally, James Gunn has written the screenplay for the film. Fellow DC Studios co-head Peter Safran also hopes that Gunn will direct the film as well. For the time being, however, an official director has yet to be attached.
As for the plot of the film, it will involve young Clark Kent as he comes to terms with his Kryptonian background. It was also specifically stated that this interpretation will be a beacon of “kindness in a world that thinks kindness is old-fashioned.” It certainly sounds like an appropriate take for the inspirational character.
Other details are scarce at the moment. But there’s no doubt plenty of importance surrounding Superman: Legacy. Especially when you consider the film will set the stage for following films like The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, and even Swamp Thing.
Superman: Legacy will be released in theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for additional updates as we have them.