DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO James Gunn confirmed earlier today that he will direct the upcoming DC Universe film, Superman: Legacy.
Gunn shared the news on Twitter in a lengthy thread, which reads as follows: “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. I lost my Dad almost three years ago. He was my best friend. He didn’t understand me as a kid, but he supported my love of comics and my love of film and I wouldn’t be making this movie now without him.”
He continued, “It has been a long road to this point. I was offered Superman years ago – I initially said no because I didn’t have a way in that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved. Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage – how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes. So I chose to finally take on writing the script. But I was hesitant to direct, despite the constant pestering by [DC Studios co-chair and co-CEO] Peter Safran and others to commit (sorry, Peter).”
However, Gunn has decided to direct his own screenplay, finishing the thread with the following, “Just because I write something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, visually and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially not something of this magnitude. But, the long and the short of it is, I love this script, and I’m incredibly excited as we begin this journey.”
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
Superman: Legacy was first announced in December 2022. As previously revealed, Henry Cavill will not return to portray Clark Kent/Superman, with Gunn confirming that a younger actor will instead being sought for the role. Legacy will be the first film released under Gunn and Safran’s 10-year vision for the DC Universe, which will be split into two chapters. The first chapter will be titled Gods and Monsters.
Superman: Legacy soars into theaters on July 11, 2025.
Are you happy Gunn decided to direct Superman: Legacy or do you wish DC had hired someone else?