It was previously announced that James Gunn wrote the screenplay for Superman: Legacy. The upcoming Superman film is tended to launch the DC Universe – otherwise known as the DCU. Now it’s been confirmed that James Gunn will also direct Superman: Legacy.
As shared by Variety, “the irreverent filmmaker, who serves as chairman and CEO of DC Studios with partner Peter Safran, revealed on Wednesday that he will helm a previously-announced reboot of the Superman franchise.” They added that fellow DC Studios co-head, Peter Safran, will produce the film.
Fans also got their first look at the plot synopsis for the film. Here’s what was revealed about Superman: Legacy:
The film “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.”
James Gunn also shared a personal statement via Twitter to accompany the announcement:
“I lost my Dad almost 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 of film and I wouldn’t be making this movie now without him,” Gunn wrote. “It has been a long road to this point. I was offered Superman years ago — I initially said no because I didn’t have a way in that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved.”
He added that, “a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage — how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.”
Superman: Legacy is scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional updates regarding the highly-anticipated project as we have them.