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James Gunn to Direct Superman: Legacy, Set for Release in 2025

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James Gunn has been confirmed as the director of the upcoming superhero movie “Superman: Legacy.” The film, set to release on July 11, 2025, will be the first major motion picture of the Gunn-Safran era.

Gunn, who had been writing the feature even before becoming co-head of DC Studios in November, had initially turned down the project. However, he ultimately found a unique and emotional way to center the story around Superman’s heritage, which informs who he is and his choices.

“Superman: Legacy” will focus on the superhero balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. The film is part of what Gunn and his partner Peter Safran have dubbed Chapter 1: God and Monsters, an overarching story told via different TV shows and movies.

Notably, Henry Cavill, who played Superman in previous movies, including “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice League,” will not be reprising his role. Gunn and Safran have opted to go in a younger direction for the hero.

This marks Gunn’s first time directing an A-list superhero. He previously made a name for himself by taking relatively unknown characters, such as Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and turning them into household names. He also elevated D-list DC characters, such as Polka-Dot Man and King Shark, to big-screen status in “The Suicide Squad,” which received strong reviews.

Gunn has described “Superman: Legacy” as a personal project, as he counts Richard Donner’s “Superman” as a seminal theatrical experience. The film’s release date is also significant, as it falls on Gunn’s father’s birthday. Gunn’s father died two weeks before he began production on “The Suicide Squad.”

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Overall, “Superman: Legacy” promises to be an exciting addition to the DC universe, showcasing the unique vision and emotional depth that James Gunn brings to his projects.

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