James Gunn is officially set to direct “Superman: Legacy.”
The irreverent filmmaker, who serves as chairman and CEO of DC Studios with partner Peter Safran, has revealed that he will helm a previously-announced reboot of the Superman franchise. Gunn also wrote the screenplay, and Safran will produce.
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.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2023
“Superman: Legacy” also released its first plot synopsis, saying 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.”
“Superman: Legacy” is the first in a planned universe of cross-platform storytelling (presumably one that will mingle with streaming projects for HBO Max) in a Phase 1 the studio is calling “Gods and Monsters.” Cast has not yet been announced, but the film is dated for a global theatrical release on July 11, 2025.