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Who Is Superman: Legacy Star David Corenswet?

James Gunn joined DC and promised a new slate of heroes and a mostly fresh start for the universe that has thus far failed to match the success of the competing MCU. Ever since, there has been fan speculation about casting. One of the most speculated and debated casting was for the lead role as the titular hero of Superman: Legacy. Part of the discussion revolving this speculation was a return to the long held believe that the previous Superman actor Henry Cavill did an excellent job portraying the hero, but the movie's in which he appeared didn't live up to his potential.

The speculation about whom the new actor would be to replace Cavill came to a halt when it was announced on June 27th that David Corenswet has been cast as Clark Kent/Superman. While there are some who recognize the actor, prior to this announcement he was not a household name. Here's everything you need to know about the actor.

Who is David Corenswet?

Philadelphia native David Corenswet began his acting career in the theater as a child. As he transitioned from stage to screen, he expanded his skills and became a screenwriter as well as an actor, producing, writing and co-starring in the sketch comedy series Moe & Jerryweather. After guest spots on the CBS crime dramas Elementary and Instinct, he landed a role as Reed in the penultimate episode of Netflix's political thriller House of Cards.

Corenswet returned to Netflix for recurring roles on Ryan Murphy's series The Politician and Hollywood ,as well as a supporting part in the romantic comedy Look Both Ways. In 2022, he pivoted in the opposite direction with more serious fare, playing The Projectionist in the horror film Pearl, a prequel to the cult hit X. He also appeared as David MacDougall in four episodes of HBO's police corruption miniseries We Own This City, alongside the late Treat Williams.

What Audiences Know So Far About Superman: Legacy

The first film in "Chapter One: Gods and Monsters" of James Gunn's new DCU, Superman: Legacy is going to differentiate itself from Man of Steel by avoiding Superman's origin story. Instead, David Corenswet's version of Superman will learn to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his humanity and upbringing. Gunn has spoken about how Christopher Reeve's portrayal of Superman has influenced the upcoming film, while Superman: Legacy will introduce The Authority ahead of their own movie project.

The biggest casting news has been that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star and Golden Globe Award winner Rachel Brosnahan will star opposite Corenswet as Lois Lane. Brosnahan and Corenswet have never worked together before, but they do have a connection; she also appeared on House of Cards, playing Rachel Posner in the first three seasons. With Lois and Clark cast, Gunn is now moving on to find Superman: Legacy's Lex Luthor, with Successionand True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård one of the names on his shortlist.

Superman: Legacy is expected to premiere in 2025.

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