David Corenswet to Play the Man of Steel in James Gunn’s ‘Superman: Legacy’

James Gunn has found his Man of Steel.

According to Deadline, David Corenswet (Pearl) has been cast as Clark Kent / Superman in Gunn’s forthcoming DC Universe film, Superman: Legacy. Starring opposite Corenswet will be Rachel Brosnahan, who is set to play the Man of Steel’s love interest, Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane.

The decision comes one week after DC Studios co-chairs Peter Safran and Gunn held in-person screen tests for the iconic roles. What’s that? You want to know who the actors were that also tested but failed to snag the lead roles. Okay, well, Nicholas Hoult and Tom Brittney tested for Clark while Phoebe Dynevor and Emma Mackey were in the running for Lois.

With actors now set for Superman and Lois Lane, it has been reported that Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, and members of the superhero team the Authority will be cast next. Superman: Legacy is currently in pre-production with cameras scheduled to begin rolling in early 2024. The upcoming reboot will be the first film released as part of Chapter 1 of the DCU.

Plot details remain under wraps for the highly-anticipated film, although Gunn previously confirmed that Legacy will be centered around Superman’s heritage. Legacy will also avoid retelling Superman’s origin and instead begin with Clark Kent already Superman and working for the Daily Planet.

Written and directed by Gunn, Superman: Legacy opens in theaters on July 11, 2025.

What do you think about Corenswet as the Man of Steel? Do you think he’ll do a good job?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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