Superman Legacy: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot and Everything We Know So Far

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When you hear the word “superhero,” chances are the first name that comes to mind is “Superman.” The story of the red-capped protector of Metropolis from the planet Krypton is well-known to both die-hard and casual fans of DC Comics, and a big reason for his popularity is that he has been in movies for a long time. Starting with Richard Donner’s Superman, which came out in 1978. The iconic version of the character may be a little old-fashioned and corny. However, Christopher Reeve’s charming personality and the film’s lighthearted tone have made it a true classic that has led to three sequels and a 1984 spin-off called Supergirl.


Even though it’s technically four sequels, Superman Returns (2006) was a continuation of the Donner movies and ignored Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). Even though Superman Returns wasn’t terrible, it didn’t do as well as expected at the box office and couldn’t match the magic of the first two movies. Still, even the reaction to that movie was nothing compared to how people felt about Man of Steel (2013), the most divisive and controversial Superman movie. Fans of the movie liked how Henry Cavill gave the character a more realistic feel and thought the action scenes were beautiful. But the movie’s critics thought that its melodramatic tone missed the point of Superman and that its wanton destruction was just violence for violence’s sake. When Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) were not well received, things needed to improve for Superman in the DC Extended Universe.

Since then, the future of Superman in movies has been up in the air. Who knows how long Man of Steel 2 was stuck in development hell, and rumors of a possible reboot with Michael B. Jordan never came true. Now that James Gunn and Peter Safran are the new CEOs of DC Studios, they are making a new plan for a connected DC Cinematic Universe. It doesn’t surprise that this plan includes a new version of Superman. Superman: Legacy is the latest movie starring Clark Kent. It is the start of DC’s new generation and the first part of what Gunn has called the “Gods and Monsters” phase.

Now that the movie is getting ready to be made, it’s time to find out what Big Blue’s next big adventure will be. Here’s what we know about Superman: Legacy so far.

Who is in The Superman Legacy Cast?

Several actors are being considered for the role of Superman, which is currently being cast. David Corenswet, Pierson Fodé, and Nicholas Hoult have all met with D.C. Studios about playing Clark Kent. Hoult could also play Lex Luthor. Rachel Brosnahan, Phoebe Dynevor, Samara Weaving, and Emma Mackey have all tried out for the part of Lois Lane. Director James Gunn has said that he wants the new Superman actor to have human and alien traits, as well as kindness and compassion, like the character. He thinks that the actors who have played Superman in the past were good and that now is the time to add to the story.

When is The Superman Legacy Release Date?

During a recent speech by James Gunn, it was announced that a brand new adaptation of the iconic Superman will be released in theaters on Friday, July 11th, 2025. This particular date is significant, as it falls just one week after the annual Fourth of July holiday. It’s quite fitting, as Superman’s classic slogan has always been “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”. While it’s true that Canadian authors created Superman, it’s still nice to show some patriotism by releasing the film during such a historically significant time for Americans.

Is there a trailer for The Superman Legacy?

We have yet to see a trailer for Superman: Legacy, and it may take a while before we do. This is because the actor who will play Superman has yet to be announced. The only information we have is from James Gunn’s announcement video, where he provides only vague information about the upcoming movie featuring the iconic superhero.

What is The Superman Legacy Plot?

The upcoming film Superman: Legacy has left fans eager to learn more about the plot and characters that will be featured. According to writer and producer James Gunn, the movie will not be an origin story, unlike its predecessors. This means we can expect to see Superman already established as a superhero with experience. However, there may be flashbacks to Clark Kent’s life before he became Superman, offering insight into his character development.

There is uncertainty about whether Lois Lane will be in the upcoming film, but it has been confirmed that her colleague Jimmy Olson will appear. The supporting cast and villains have not yet been revealed, but since this is a new version of Superman, there is a possibility of new villains like Mongul or Bizzaro. Brainiac, a popular villain in the DC Universe, has not been featured in a live-action movie before, so there’s a chance we may see him in the film. Fans may also be delighted to see the return of old favorites like Lex Luthor and General Zod, in person or through mention.

Will Superman: Legacy Be Released on Streaming or in Theaters?

During the announcement, James Gunn confirmed that Superman: Legacy will be released in theaters in 2025. While it’s still early, the movie will likely be available on HBO Max after its theatrical run, like other recent DC films.

Who Is Making Superman: Legacy?

James Gunn has confirmed that he will also write and direct the script for Superman: Legacy. Gunn’s first film for DC was The Suicide Squad (2021), which he wrote and directed. It was a successful reboot of the team of anti-heroes after the first movie wasn’t well received. In a series of tweets, Gunn talked about how much he liked the script and how he ended up directing the film himself.

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. #UpUpAndAway

Before becoming co-CEO of DC Studios, Gunn created comic book movies. He wrote and directed all three Guardians of the Galaxy films. Production for Superman: Legacy is scheduled to begin in January 2024.

Who Will Play Superman in Superman: Legacy?


It has been confirmed that Henry Cavill will not be playing Superman in the upcoming film Superman: Legacy. This news has caused some disagreement among fans. Although Cavill appeared surprised in Black Adam (2022), it was later clarified that he was not fired but not hired for the role.

Is Henry Cavill in Superman: Legacy?

Superman Legacy is a new take on how the well-known superhero got his start. It has also been confirmed that Henry Cavill, who played Superman in Man of Steel and its sequels and won much praise, will not return.

Is Superman: Legacy script finished?

The script for “Superman: Legacy” was finished by James Gunn shortly before the writers went on strike. Luckily, the strike is not anticipated to affect the movie’s planned release date of July 2025.

Will Superman: Legacy be in DC?

“Superman: Legacy” will be the first movie in the new version of the connected DC Universe. “The Batman Part II,” directed by Matt Reeves, is set to come out in October 2025.

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