James Gunn Explains His Version of Superman

Superman: Legacy

On January 31, 2023, DC Studios Co-Chairmen and CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran announced plans for their first 10 film and television projects under the new DC banner they lead across film, television, and animation, which included “Superman: Legacy,” a new Superman film scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025.

Details are emerging from a press conference Gunn and Safran held earlier this month, in which the pair further explained who their Superman is and what he’ll be up against in the new film.

“With our stories, we want to take it away from good guy vs. bad guy,” Gunn previously stated. “There are really good – almost saintly – people and Superman is among them. There are really terrible villains like Gorilla Grodd or the Joker. And then there’s everybody in between them, so there are all these shades of gray which allow us to tell complex stories.”

“I really love the idea of Superman,” he explained in a recent press conference. “He’s a big ol’ galoot. He’s a farmboy from Kansas who’s very idealistic. His greatest weakness is that he’ll never kill anybody. He doesn’t want to hurt a living soul. I like that sort of innate goodness about Superman; it’s his defining characteristic. He’s not [the] ‘All-Star Superman’ [version of the character], but again, I’m a huge fan of ‘All-Star Superman,’ and I’m very inspired by [that comic book series].”

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

Source: DC.com and SlashFilm.com

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February 17, 2023 11:44 am

Well, that’s a relief. I was worried that Superman would be placed in a situation in which he would have to kill in the name of the greater good, you know, because some of the villains he faces are too powerful to be left unchecked and too unstable to listen to reason.

I guess Warner Bros really doesn’t want another Man of Steel-style controversy.