James Gunn will direct Superman: Legacy

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After being heavily-rumoured for months, it is now official: the DC Universe’s creative head will direct its first film – Superman: Legacy.

Whilst this news was largely expected to happen, we now have official confirmation that James Gunn will be directing 2025’s Superman: Legacy. The film will mark the first entry in the new look DC Universe, kicking off the first ‘chapter’ of films, which will be collectively known as Gods and Monsters.

Whilst Gunn was reportedly taking pitches and meetings with other creatives, the feeling has always been that he would be the one to direct Superman: Legacy and along with previous reports regarding him actively writing other DCU projects, it indicates that he will have much more direct creative input that Kevin Feige, his counterpart over at Marvel Studios.

Gunn revealed the news via Twitter, his usual forum. The filmmaker released a statement confirming that he would be helming the film which is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 11th 2025. Here’s that statement:

“Yes, I’m directing Superman: Legacy to be released on July 11th 2025. My brother Matt told me when he saw the release date he started to cry. I asked him why. He said, ‘Dude, it’s Dad’s birthday.’ I hadn’t realized.

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.

Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centring around Superman’s heritage – how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.”

We know that the story will encounter a younger Man of Steel than we’ve seen previously. Nobody has been cast yet, with Gunn also recently stating that the project does not yet have anybody in charge of casting, much less a cast itself.

With superhero movies currently facing a challenge to hit the box office heights of former years, it will be interesting to see how the cinematic landscape may continue to shift in the next couple of years. Could the film arrive too late? Could it coincide with a resurgence in the genre, could it be the resurgence? All interesting questions and we’ll bring you more updates on Superman: Legacy as we hear it.

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