Superman: Legacy: James Gunn to direct “the true beginning of the DCU”

One of the many exciting announcements recently made by DC bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran in their initial ‘Gods And Monsters’ phase was the fact that we’re getting a new Superman movie, Superman: Legacy, and that James Gunn will be writing the script. Now, Gunn has taken to social media to announce that he’ll also be directing.

Gunn has described Superman: Legacy as “the true beginning of the DCU” and will focus on a younger Superman (which is why Henry Cavill couldn’t return to the role), though it won’t go into Supes’ well-known origin story.

Gunn was halfway through writing the script when he announced the movie and it seems something within it has pulled him into wanting to direct the movie too.

“Yes, I’m directing Superman: Legacy to be released on July 11, 2025,” he said on social media. “My brother Matt said, 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.

“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 Peter Safran and others to commit (sorry, Peter).

“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.”

We have to wait until 2025 for Superman Legacy, but until then we have James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, which is out this May.

Superman: Legacy will be released 11 July 2025

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