Superman: Legacy – Release date, cast, plot & more
Here’s everything we know about James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy, including the DC blockbuster’s release date, cast, plot, and more.
First announced in December 2022, Superman: Legacy will serve as the entry in Gunn and co-DC Studios head Peter Safran’s revamped DC Universe.
As such, there’s a lot riding on the production, which Gunn himself set to both write and direct. And with Superman: Legacy news breaking on a semi-regular basis, fans’ scrutiny of the superhero reboot has only intensified.
This has also given rise to plenty of unfounded rumors and speculation, so read on for a handy round-up of everything we know for certain about Superman: Legacy’s release date, cast, and plot.
Superman: Legacy release date – When is the movie out?
Superman: Legacy is due for release in cinemas on July 11, 2025.
Given how often release dates for films change, huge blockbuster movies, and superhero titles – not to mention the writers’ and actors’ strikes – there was concern that this date would change. Thankfully, these concerns proved unfounded, and Superman: Legacy will hit its July 2025 premiere date.
Superman: Legacy plot – What will the film be about?
Shortly after James Gunn unveiled Superman: Legacy, he confirmed that the film will focus on a much younger incarnation of the Man of Steel than fans are used to seeing on the big screen. DC Studios subsequently issued an official Superman: Legacy plot synopsis that offered further details about the reboot’s plot.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the synopsis reads: “[Superman: Legacy] focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks that kindness is old-fashioned.”
Gunn later elaborated on both his earlier statements and the synopsis, clarifying that the movie isn’t an origin story, despite being headlined by a more fresh-faced Superman. “[Superman’s] working,” Gunn said at a press event (as relayed by Collider). “He’s a reporter. He’s at the Daily Planet.”
Superman: Legacy cast and crew – Who will be involved in the movie?
The Superman: Legacy cast includes:
- David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman
- Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane
- Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor
- Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen
- Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl
- Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific
- Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner
- Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho
- María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer
- Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher
David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan were announced as Superman: Legacy’s leads in June 2023. Corenswet is best known for Netflix’s The Politician and Ti West horror flick Pearl. Meanwhile, Brosnahan has garnered considerable acclaim for the titular role in Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Since then, additional casting information has come to light, either directly from Gunn or via industry outlets. Of the supporting roles announced, the most high-profile include Nicholas Hoult as Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor and Skyler Gisondo as Daily Planet cub reporter Jimmy Olsen.
Switching to the opposite side of the camera, as mentioned above, DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO James Gunn will write and direct Superman: Legacy. Gunn’s previous credits include all three installments in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, as well as DC’s most recent Suicide Squad film.
Keep checking back here as we will update this section with new Superman: Legacy casting information as new announcements are made.
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