‘Superman: Legacy’ James Gunn Finds Leads David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan


‘Superman: Legacy’ James Gunn Finds Leads David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan

David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan


The duo will star as Clark Kent and Lois Lane in James Gunn’s film.

James Gunn has chosen David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan to play Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane, respectively, in the upcoming film Superman: Legacy. The movie will mark the beginning of DC’s new universe and will be written and directed by Gunn, along with Peter Safran as the co-boss of DC Studios. Gunn conducted screen tests over the June 17 weekend, considering six actors for the lead roles. Nicholas Hoult and Tom Brittney were also contenders for the role of Superman/Clark Kent, while Emma Mackey and Phoebe Dynevor were being considered for the role of Lois Lane


Corenswet will play Superman in DC’s new universe. There have been three actors who have portrayed the character on the big screen: Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film Superman and its three sequels, Brandon Routh in 2006’s Superman Returns, and Henry Cavill in 2013’s Man of Steel. Cavill’s portrayal in Man of Steel launched the DC Extended Universe and garnered him a dedicated fan base. Corenswet’s role comes at a critical time for DC as they attempt to revitalize their superhero franchise after a series of underperforming films like Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and The Flash.


Henry Cavill reprised his role as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). After a hiatus, he made a cameo appearance in Black Adam (2022) and expressed his intention to continue portraying Superman in future projects. However, DC underwent a revamp under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, resulting in plans for a younger version of Superman.


The upcoming film titled Superman: Legacy is set to be released on July 11, 2025, and filming is expected to begin early next year as per Gunn’s plans. The casting search will continue for other characters such as Lex Luthor and the superhero team The Authority, who will make their debut in Legacy before starring in their own standalone film.


Superman: Legacy will mark the first film produced entirely under Gunn and Safran’s tenure. Previously, The Flash was released under their leadership, but it faced challenges due to negative publicity surrounding star Ezra Miller and had a disappointing opening weekend with a box office earnings of $55 million.


Legacy represents a significant career milestone for Corenswet, as it marks their first leading role in a major studio film and places them in the iconic role of one of pop culture’s most beloved heroes. The actor gained recognition for their breakout performance in the Ryan Murphy series The Politician, followed by a starring role in another Netflix series supported by Murphy, Hollywood. Corenswet has also appeared in the HBO series We Own This City and the horror sequel Pearl, produced by A24.


In the actor’s upcoming projects, they will be seen in the Apple series Lady in the Lake and the sequel to the film Twister, appropriately titled Twisters.


Rachel Brosnahan, known for her Emmy and Golden Globe-winning role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, gained recognition for her work in House of Cards, which earned her an Emmy nomination. In the Superman film series, three actresses have portrayed Lois Lane. Margot Kidder delivered a memorable performance filled with intelligence and spunk in 1978’s Superman and its subsequent sequels alongside Christopher Reeve. Kate Bosworth portrayed Lois Lane in 2006’s Superman Returns, while Amy Adams brought the character to life in Man of Steel (2016), as well as in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017).


James Gunn, in an interview, shared his strong personal connection to the character of Superman, expressing that he relates to him on various levels. Gunn perceives Superman as a figure who, like himself, experiences the feelings of being an outsider or alien, while simultaneously embodying the essence of the ultimate insider by virtue of being Superman. Gunn’s perspective underscores his deep understanding of the intricate and multi-faceted identity of the character.


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