“Superman: Legacy” is One of DC’s Biggest Films Ever: Here’s What We Know

Opening the gates to the new DC universe.
Published On October 01, 2023
Superman: Legacy will be a part of the upcoming DC movies in the post-reboot era.
Superman was always the apex of superheroes at DC. However, lackluster films never did him justice. Superman: Legacy looks to change that with yet another reboot.  Photo: DC Comics

Superman is widely hailed as the first mainstream superhero, and the name has become synonymous with might. A child launched to Earth from a dying planet, Clark Kent’s transformation into the Big Blue Boy Scout was admired by Americans.

However, he has since been labeled as an “extremely boring superhero” by some. People criticize a hero for his might when one of the most popular series of this decade involves a hero who one-shots everything, but the internet is always brutal. Even as one of the strongest characters in the DC universe, America’s Greatest Superhero has always been lacking one thing: good adaptations.

This comes through best with Batman — a superhero whose only powers are his endlessly deep pockets and inventive genius. Despite the fact, the Dark Knight has been DC’s most sought-after role for years, receiving multiple critical and commercial successes, pushing the audience to embrace the troubled and tormented billionaire.

Superman: Legacy centers around the superhero’s heritage, but it’s not a “young Superman” movie.

As James Gunn and Peter Safran took over DC, a Superman film was inevitable. However, it wasn’t Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel that fit into the vision of a story “centering around Superman’s heritage.” The co-CEOs wanted fresh faces, and perhaps a fresh start for the DCEU — one that doesn’t keep sacking heroes left and right. Ironically, this meant sacking heroes most of the heroes from the Zack Snyder era.

Gunn had been writing “Superman: Legacy” since before he took over DC Studios in November. The film had no director tabbed in its early stages, but even Ben Affleck was tipped to direct at one point. However, Gunn eventually chose himself as the director.

  • Initially hesitant to write or direct the film, Gunn has since formed a clear vision for his Superman, wanting him to be “someone who has all the humanity that Superman has but he’s also an alien,” with “the kindness and compassion that Superman has.”
  • “Superman: Legacy” will not be an origin story, he confirmed. Gunn describes the story to be “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.”

Henry Cavill’s departure as Superman had much of the DC fandom outraged, especially after his teased return at the end of Black Adam.

However, Dwayne Johnson’s plans to change “the hierarchy of power in the DC universe” ended up a bust. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” was about Superman reaching moral maturity, but Gunn’s vision required a new starting point.

Gunn has since confirmed that David Corenswet (“The Politician”) will portray the new Superman, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan will play Lois. Other cast members include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardener/Green Lantern, and Anthony Harrigan as Metamorpho.

The first film as part of the new DCU projects (and the third project overall), “Superman: Legacy” is set to release in theaters on July 11, 2025.