James Gunn Debunks “Superman: Legacy” Casting Rumors

Superman: Legacy

Another “Superman: Legacy” rumor has been debunked by DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn, this time regarding casting.

When a fan on Twitter asked if it was true that a casting call had been issued looking for actors 20-30 years of age to play Superman, James Gunn replied by saying, “No. A casting director hasn’t even been hired.”

While no casting has taken place yet, and no casting director has been hired, it appears that James Gunn may have been outed as the movie’s director by comic book writer Tom King.

In an interview with Comic Pop Returns, King, who has been part of a group of writers working with James Gunn on upcoming DCU movie projects, referred to Gunn as both the writer and director of the upcoming “Superman: Legacy” feature film.

“There’s stuff I can talk about, and stuff I can’t,” King said. “I mean, James Gunn is a super nerd and he’s super creative, right? He’s the writer and director of the Superman movie, and he’s sort of the creative force behind all of this, him and Peter Safran. And he reached out to a group of screenwriters and myself, fantastic, amazing… whose names he’s put out there, to work on making these movies and TV shows as good as they can be.”

While Gunn hasn yet to confirm that he will indeed be directing the film, it would seem very likely that he would take on the role to kick start the new DC slate of films.

Tom King’s “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow” 12-issue comic book series was announced as being one of the film’s in development at DC Studios, although no further details on this project are known at this early date.

“Superman: Legacy” is scheduled to be released July 11, 2025.

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March 13, 2023 12:28 pm

I don’t know why they brought in Tom king for the writers room when Dan Jurgens if anyone should be the one consulted. Tom king is very hit or miss and while I absolutely love his run on mister miracle, everything else kind of misses the mark for me. Same thing with Christina hodson. Supposedly this flash movie is great, but everything else on her resume spells disaster including the completely scrapped batgirl. As far as gunn directing, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, however I feel like I read before, especially during brightburn’s run, that… Read more »

March 14, 2023 9:58 am
Reply to  sundevil82

Ditto. Jurgens for me, gets Superman more than any other writer today and as to why he is not or has never been the main consultant is troublesome. I don’t trust Gunn to get him right, but hope to be proven wrong.

March 14, 2023 12:47 pm
Reply to  lcmcbain

1000% agree on Jurgens! I loved his reintroduction of the classic superman post New-52 and the addition of Jon… it was a shame it was ruined by the stunt they pulled with Bendis who ruined everything yet again. Jurgens has been a favorite of mine since the 90s!

March 14, 2023 1:02 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

Exactly ! The Post-52 Rebirth Superman was just spot on. (for me) And the addition of Jon was a great evolution…until Bendis ruined it like you said. Bendis and editorial got rid of the fantastic family dynamic for no valid reason and as such lost out on countless story ideas by aging Jon up. I thought it was a foolish idea then and I think time has proven that correct. (generally speaking of course, obviously some/many may like the change)