James Gunn is officially directing Superman: Legacy, he announced in a tweet today.
It was previously only revealed that Gunn was set to write the movie. The project was announced in January as part of Gunn and fellow DC Studios co-head Peter Safran’s unveiling of their revamped DCU, at which point Gunn was unsure whether he’d direct or not.
Yes, I’m directing Superman: Legacy to be released on July 11, 2025. My brother Matt told me when he saw the release date he started to cry. I asked him why. He said, “Dude, it’s Dad’s birthday.” I hadn’t realized. pic.twitter.com/ohQNV8nI4g
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2023
It’s set to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. It’ll be the first title officially released under what Gunn and Safran are calling the DCU’s Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, followed by Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part II on October 3, 2025.
Other movies to follow Superman: Legacy include The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, and Swamp Thing.
According to Warner Bros.’ official logline, Superman: Legacy “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.”
“He’s a big old galoot. He is a farm boy from Kansas who is very idealistic,” Gunn said of Superman at the press conference in January. “His greatest weakness is that he’ll never kill anybody, [and] doesn’t want to hurt a living soul. And I like that sort of innate goodness about Superman as his defining characteristic.”
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For more on Superman: Legacy, check out our breakdown on why Gunn was using all the right language in describing the superhero, and our debate on if the DCU will actually be different his time.
Alex Stedman is a Senior News Editor with IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.
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