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‘Superman: Legacy’ is Now Simply Titled ‘Superman’

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James Gunn and the cast of 'Superman.'

(Center) James Gunn and the cast of ‘Superman.’ Photo: James Gunn’s Instagram Account.


  • James Gunn has announced that ‘Superman: Legacy’ is now just ‘Superman’.
  • Film has commenced in Atlanta.
  • David Corenswet plays the title character.

February 29th, in case you weren’t aware of this particular nugget of comic book trivia, happens to be Superman’s birthday, at least in DC canon (partly picked to explain why he doesn’t seem to age as quickly as other characters).

It’s also the day that James Gunn kicked off production on his new movie about the character. And the writer/director used to occasion to announce that, somewhere between his first and final draft of the script, the title has changed from ‘Superman: Legacy’ to simply… ‘Superman’.

Gunn hit Instagram to announce both the start of the shoot and the new, simple title:

And, per the post’s illustration, the filmmaker also gave us a sneak peek at the insignia to be worn on the chest of his Superman, framed by frosty particles we can assume come from Supes’ famous Fortress of Solitude.

What’s the story of ‘Superman’?

New 'Superman' logo.

New ‘Superman’ logo. Photo: James Gunn’s Instagram Account.

Little is truly known about the plotline at this point, but Gunn has been clear that he’s eschewing the usual exploding home planet Krypton/arrival in Smallville origin story (though those will likely be referenced) in favor of more of a workplace film with Clark showing up to work at the Planet, where Lois will already be an established reporting star.

Peter Safran, Gunn’s co-chief of DC Studios (and a producer on the movie) said this about the new movie during the duo’s big announcement about DC films and series going forward:

“It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old-fashioned.”

Related Article: David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan to play Clark Kent and Lois Lane in ‘Superman: Legacy’

Who is appearing in ‘Superman’?

David Corenswet in Netflix's 'The Politician.'

David Corenswet in Netflix’s ‘The Politician.’

David Corenswet is playing Clark Kent/Supes, while Rachel Brosnahan will be Lois.

Also in the cast? Nicholas Hoult (Lex Luthor), Skyler Gisondo (Jimmy Olsen), Nathan Fillion (Guy Gardener), Isabela Mercad (Hawkgirl), Anthony Carrigan (Metamorpho), Terence Rosemore (Otis), Edi Gathegi (Mister Terrific), Sara Sampaio (Eve Teschmacher) and María Gabriela de Faría (Angela Spica/The Engineer).

That’s the main ensemble; we can expect an appearance from Gunn’s brother Sean (a regular in his movies, who has played the likes of Kraglin and provided the on-set reference performance and voice for Rocket Raccoon in the ‘Guardians’ franchise) as the villainous Maxwell Lord.

And finally, Milly Alcock is likely to have a cameo as Kara/Supergirl, Superman’s cousin, ahead of her own movie debut.

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Superman, a cub reporter in Metropolis, embarks on a journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent. Read the Plot

When is ‘Superman’ in theaters?

Gunn’s ‘Superman’ is scheduled to launch in theaters on July 11, 2025.

James Gunn in 'Superpowered: The DC Story.'

James Gunn in ‘Superpowered: The DC Story.’ Photograph by Courtesy of Max/Warner Bros.

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