DC Studios’ James Gunn will direct new Superman film
“Superman: Legacy,” which Gunn additionally wrote, can be set for a July 11, 2025, he and his co-chair and fellow CEO of DC Studios Peter Safran introduced Wednesday.
The movie, Gunn mentioned, offers with the superhero’s journey to make sense of each his aristocratic Kryptonian heritage and his small city, midwestern upbringing as Clark Kent.
The legacy of Superman has been considerably fraught not too long ago. In October, Henry Cavill introduced that he could be returning to the position beginning with a cameo in “Black Adam.” Two months later, although, Cavill was again on social media with the information that he was out.
“This information isn’t the simplest, however that’s life,” Cavill wrote. “The altering of the guard is one thing that occurs. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to construct.”
Gunn and Safran had been introduced as the brand new DC leaders just some days after “Black Adam” opened in October, changing Walter Hamada, who had headed DC Movies for 4 years. And Cavill as Superman was one of many casualties of the brand new guard.
“It has been an extended highway so far,” Gunn wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “I used to be provided Superman years in the past – I initially mentioned no as a result of I didn’t have a method in that felt distinctive and enjoyable and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved. … Then a bit lower than a yr in the past I noticed a method in.”
Gunn additionally mentioned the discharge date is similar as his late father’s birthday.
“He was my greatest good friend,” Gunn wrote. “He didn’t perceive me as a child, however he supported my love of comics and my love of movie and I wouldn’t be making this film now with out him.”
Gunn has for a number of years been the uncommon director to bounce between each DC and Marvel movies. He first got here to DC after directing Marvel’s well-regarded “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. When the Walt Disney Co. temporarily dropped Gunn over previous tweets that joked about rape and pedophilia, he jumped to DC and made the supervillain movie “The Suicide Squad,” a form of blockbuster do-over that adopted David Ayer’s much-maligned “Suicide Squad.”
He and the veteran producer Safran got here aboard with a number of upcoming DC movies already on their approach to theaters, together with “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (March 17), “The Flash” (out June 16) and “Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom” (Dec. 25). And he nonetheless has “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3″ approaching Could 5.
“Superman: Legacy” would be the first movie within the new iteration of the linked DC Universe, adopted by Matt Reeves’ “The Batman Half II,” which is ready for an Oct. 2025 launch. That movie, like Todd Phillips’ “Joker” sequel coming in 2024, will lie exterior of the DCU.