“Superman: Legacy” was in Development Before Henry Cavill’s “Black Adam” Cameo

Superman: Legacy

Responding to some questions on Twitter, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn, who is writing the script for the new movie “Superman: Legacy,” revealed some interesting details about the timeline of the film’s development at Warner Bros. Discovery.

Firstly, Gunn revealed that “Superman: Legacy” has been in development before he and Peter Safran took over DC Studios.

As for Superman’s age, in a recent press conference Gunn explained, “He’s working. He’s a reporter. He’s at the Daily Planet. Again, we’re coming into a world where superheroes exist and have existed. So, does that mean Batman might be a couple years older than Superman? Yes, it could be.”

The The Hollywood Reporter speculated that Superman would be about 25 years old in the upcoming movie, Gunn clarified by saying that Superman would be “younger than in his forties” and that he “might be” a little younger than Batman.

“Yeah but people are speculating about both ages. All I ever said was Superman was younger than in his forties and Batman MIGHT be a couple years older than Superman.”

Gunn also confirmed that he’s “very far” into writing the script for “Superman: Legacy,” but when asked about just how long ago the project was given the green light and whether it was originally meant to be “Man of Steel 2” starring Henry Cavill, Gunn confirmed that it was “always a separate project”.

However, when pressed on the timeline of the project, Gunn revealed that he had been “hired to write ‘Superman: Legacy’ over six months ago,” which is causing some concern amongst Henry Cavill fans as it would appear that Warner Bros. brought back Cavill for his “Black Adam” cameo even though they knew “Superman: Legacy” was in development.

James Gunn was announced as co-CEO of DC Studios on October 25, 2022. “Black Adam” was released a few days earlier on October 21, 2022, confirming that Gunn was not in charge of DC Studios at the time Henry Cavill was brought in to film the cameo, but had been hired to write the script for “Superman: Legacy”. While Cavill had announced in October 2022 that he was officially back as Superman… it was only a couple of weeks later in December 2022 that he announced that that was no longer happening.

It’s a confusing timeline and just proves how messy Warner Bros. Discovery was in the wake of David Zaslav’s arrival as the new boss.

Either way, Gunn also confirmed that casting announcements should be made within the next six months.

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

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February 20, 2023 2:53 am

If they were separate projects then they could have gone ahead with both films.

February 20, 2023 9:07 am

I rest my case.

February 21, 2023 6:57 pm

Furthermore, slowly but surely, more and more EVIDENCE is coming into the light.

February 20, 2023 4:07 pm

In regards to Superman’s age for James Gunn’s Superman Legacy film, what I can take from this news is that Superman will be between ages 21-39. I mean Gunn didn’t specify exactly what he meant by saying that Superman would be” younger than in his forties and Batman MIGHT be a couple years older than Superman.”