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Superman: Legacy's James Gunn Shares an Encouraging Production Update Ahead of Filming

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On the social media platform Threads, Gunn — who is also co-CEO of DC Studios — was asked by a fan for a status update on the pre-production for Legacy. "It's going swimmingly,"Gunn replied. "Sets being built, costumes being finished, actors studying roles, prosthetics and VFX models being made, flights booked. Here we go." Gunn's comment indicates that the Superman reboot is still on track to begin filming in March 2024 at Trilith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Superman: Legacy, which will reboot the iconic DC superhero's film series for the first time since 2013, is expected to shoot on location across the globe, as well as on blue screen soundstages. While recent DC movies like Black Adam and The Batman have used Industrial Light & Magic's The Volume — a soundstage with a video wall that displays CGI backdrops that can be manipulated in real-time during filming — Gunn has confirmed that Legacy will not use the groundbreaking technology. He explained that it wouldn’t be practical for him to utilize The Volume since his sets are "too big" and his "cameras move too much."

Superman: Legacy Isn't an Origin Story

Superman: Legacy will follow Superman as he tries to reconcile his Kryptonian roots with his human upbringing. The hotly-anticipated reboot will not be an origin story for the Man of Steel with Gunn previously confirming that the DCU film will pick up with Clark Kent already operating as the superhero in Metropolis while working at the Daily Planet. While Legacy will be the first film in the DCU, the new shared universe will officially begin in 2024 with the release of the animated series Creature Commandos on Max.

David Corenswet Is the New Man of Steel

The DCU will be a soft reboot of the DC Extended Universe, which recently concluded with the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in December 2023. However, Henry Cavill, who portrayed the Man of Steel on and off since 2013 in the DCEU, will not be returning. Instead, David Corenswet (Pearl) has been cast as Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman with Rachel Brosnahan set to co-star as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane.

Other confirmed cast members for Legacy include Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho and María Gabriela De Faría as The Engineer. Legacy, the first cinematic entry in the DCU, is also expected to include the characters Jor-El, Perry White, Ma and Pa Kent, and Steve Lombard, although those roles remain unfilled at this time.

Superman: Legacy will be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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