James Gunn is ready for the biggest adventure of his career: to lead DC Studios on a creative level and create a shared universe that works at the box office, critically and serves as real competition for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the failed attempt of the Snyderverse, which has resulted in projects that are dead before they are released, as happened with Shazam! 2 and will happen with Aquaman 2, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has the responsibility to reverse this situation.
Without a doubt, he seems the perfect person to do it. He is the geekiest of the directors and has managed to succeed both in Marvel with Guardians and in DC with his particular Suicide Squad and with the Peacemaker series. And to achieve success he has a plan that consists of several chapters. The first of these chapters is clear: its title is Gods and Monsters and integrates 10 projects between films and series.
Among these projects, The Brave and the Bold, a film starring a Batman who will not be Robert Pattinson and with a Robin by Damian Wayne, stands out. But Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and The Authority also stand out. However, the one everyone is looking forward to is Superman: Legacy, the return of the Man of Steel.
What will Superman: Legacy be about?
Superman: Legacy will be DC Studios‘ most anticipated project, especially because of its director: none other than James Gunn himself. Yes, in addition to serving as the executive producer for all projects coming out of the studio, the director will also helm some of the films, and the first one on his list is the return of Superman.
Peter Safran has stated that the Superman movie will not focus on the superhero’s origins, but rather on “Superman’s balance between his Kryptonian heritage and his human upbringing. He embodies truth, justice, and the American way. He is goodness in a world that believes goodness is outdated.” Furthermore, the release date is already confirmed: July 11, 2025.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder that discussions have already started about the film’s plot and, of course, the cast that will appear in it. Everyone is curious about who will be the next Superman, and Screen Rant has answers to this question as well as who will play the supporting characters like Lex Luthor and Lois Lane.
Who will be Superman in Superman: Legacy?
There are several candidates to play Superman, as pointed out by major portals. Let’s take a look at the most talked-about ones:
The most frequently mentioned actor by everyone and who seems to be the perfect choice to portray Superman is David Corenswet. At 29 years old, the 6’4″ actor has starred in Hollywood and had a recurring role in The Politician, both series created by Ryan Murphy. He has also appeared in projects such as Instinct and Elementary. Although he is not yet widely known, he undoubtedly has the perfect physique to portray the character.
Nicholas Hoult, the star of “Reginald” and “The Menu,” is another highly talked-about actor for this production. The actor already auditioned for the role of Batman in Matt Reeves’ film, and according to rumors, he is a candidate to play Clark Kent. However, James Gunn seems to have other plans for him. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, he is the top contender to portray Lex Luthor, a role that actually seems to suit him better.
The actor from “Euphoria” and “The Kissing Booth” is also being considered to play Superman. However, according to leaked reports, Elordi did not show up for the audition he was invited to for the role of Clark Kent. Therefore, it appears that he has been ruled out.
Another actor who has gained traction is Tom Brittney, a lesser-known British actor who has appeared in “Outlander” and “Genius”. Tom Brittney was among the actors considered for the role of a young Alfred in DC’s “Pennyworth”, and now he might have caught the attention of James Gunn.
Although he may not seem like the most obvious choice physically, 31-year-old actor Andrew Richardson was reportedly among the initial candidates for Superman: Legacy. He has appeared in smaller productions such as “Extrapolations” and “A Call to Spy”.
Who will be Lois Lane in Superman: Legacy?
The other role that is in dispute and is constantly being talked about is that of Lois Lane. Everything indicates that Superman’s partner and journalist from the Daily Planet will have an essential role in the movie, so there are many actresses who could compete for the role.
Rachel Brosnahan, the star of HBO Max’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” seems to be the closest to becoming the Lois Lane for this Clark. The actress has even been asked about the rumors on “The View,” and this was her response: “Take everything you read on the Internet with a grain of salt, that’s my first advice. But it would be extraordinary. I grew up watching Lois Lane.”
Another actress who is gaining a lot of buzz is Samara Weaving. The star of “Ready or Not” and actress in “Babylon” and “Scream VI” is making a name for herself in Hollywood at a rapid pace, and this could be the perfect opportunity for her to take it to the next level.
Emma Mackey, the protagonist of “Sex Education” who will have a significant role in Margot Robbie’s upcoming “Barbie” film, is also a strong contender. Mackey is only 27 years old, but she continues to impress with each new role she takes on, making her a perfect fit for the character of Lois Lane.
Lastly, another actress who has been rumored for the role is Phoebe Dynevor, the star of “Bridgerton” and known for her appearances in other series like “Younger” and “Snatch.” At 28 years old, she has a striking resemblance to the classic Lois Lane, making her a strong contender for the role.
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