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James Gunn Offers Update On Casting DC's New Superman

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Superman: Legacy just got another tease, as writer and director James Gunn offers an update on casting DC's new Superman and friends. Superman: Legacy is scheduled for a 2025 release, with the movie set to be the first major project in Gunn and Peter Safran's new DC Universe. Ever since it was announced that former Superman star Henry Cavill would be replaced by a new actor, speculation began on who might play Clark Kent for the movie. Now, Gunn offers an update on Superman: Legacy's casting status.

On Twitter, Gunn denied a claim that casting had already begun for Superman: Legacy, revealing that DC has only started making lists of possible actors for the movie, and that it is not "limited to people in their twenties."

Gunn recently gave another Superman movie update, where the writer-director revealed he was very far into the movie's script. Because of that, even if casting for Superman: Legacy has not begun yet, it should start sooner rather than later. With a 2025 release date, the movie needs to start filming by next year, meaning that the new Superman actor might be revealed before 2023 ends.

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Superman: Legacy Desperately Needs To Choose The Right Clark Kent

One of the biggest issues of the old DCEU was related to the audience being mixed on Cavill's Superman. In Zack Snyder's movies, Superman rarely got a chance to be his hopeful, boy scout self that he has been known to be in the comics. With Cavill's Superman exit and DC's decision to reboot not only the character, but the entire DC Universe, Gunn has a pretty big task on his hands.

Getting the Superman casting right is essential to the DC Universe, if it wants to succeed. The recent release of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, with the movie heavily underperforming at the box office, shows that audiences are not going to show up for every single project DC puts out — especially the other old DCEU movies that have yet to release. Superman: Legacy will be the first movie in the new DC Universe, and if the film fails to choose the right Clark Kent actor, then the whole universe might be doomed before it even lifts off the ground.

While the Superman casting is very important for DC's future, there is no one better than Gunn for the job. The director has shown with Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy movies, as well as DC's The Suicide Squad film and Peacemaker series, that he inherently knows what makes these comic book characters tick. That is why Gunn is DC's new creative co-head, and audiences can trust that he will choose the right Clark Kent actor for Superman: Legacy.

Source: James Gunn/Twitter

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