Who is going to play the next big screen Man of Steel? At the moment, that’s still unknown, but DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn — who’s also the writer and director of the upcoming cinematic reboot Superman: Legacy — wants everyone to know: whoever it is, they’re going to be great.
Gunn took to Bluesy Social to confirm reports, writing, “amazing amazing weekend of auditions for Superman: Legacy. I’m blown away by some of these actors, among the best I’ve ever seen or worked with.”
While Gunn didn’t name names, recent reports have listed a group of actors for the central roles, with David Corenswet, Tom Brittney, and Nicholas Hoult being mentioned for Superman, with Rachel Brosnahan, Emma Mackey, Samana Weaving, and Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor named as potential Lois Lanes — Brosnahan has responded to the rumors, saying, “it would be extraordinary. I grew up watching Lois Lane, this incredibly talented journalist, far from a damsel in distress, and I would jump at the chance if it arose.”
Interestingly enough, some stories are suggesting that Hoult, who’s appeared in everything from Fox’s X-Men movies to Mad Max: Fury Road and The Menu, is actually up for the role of Lex Luthor. Time will tell if any of these reports are true; Gunn himself has said, “There’s things in [the reports] that are completely false, but I can’t go out there and say, ‘Oh this isn’t true, and this isn’t true’ without going through everything.”
Superman: Legacy has been described by Gunn and co-CEO Peter Safran as “the launch of the new DCU,”, and is currently scheduled for release on July 11, 2025. It’ll usher in the first act of Gunn and Safran’s 10-year plan for DC Studios, currently titled “DC Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters,” with subsequent movies including The Authority, a new Batman movie called Brave and the Bold, and Swamp Thing, to be directed by Logan and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’s James Mangold.