James Gunn ‘Blown Away’ by Screen Tests for ‘Superman: Legacy’

Amazing amazing weekend of auditions for "Superman: Legacy," Gunn added

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A lot of young hopefuls screen tested this past Father’s Day weekend for DC Studios upcoming Superman: Legacy, and according to Chief James Gunn, he was “blown away” by the actors auditioning.

“Amazing amazing weekend of auditions for Superman: Legacy,” Gunn said Monday on Bluesky social. “I’m blown away by some of these actors, among the best I’ve ever seen or worked with.”

It was previously revealed that David Corenswet, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Brittney and Andrew Richardson are among the actors vying for the iconic role of Kal-El.

The casting process for Superman’s love-interest Lois Lane is also screen tested this past Father’s Day weekend. Emma Mackey, Rachel Brosnahan, Phoebe Dynevor and Samara Weaving are among the actresses being considered for the part.

Superman: Legacy will not only focus on the central characters but also introduce new faces to James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe. The movie will also feature numerous DC Comics heroes from The Authority who are already established when Legacy begins.

Last week, during his appearance on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum, Gunn also took the opportunity to debunk speculations regarding the actors being mentioned for the leading roles in the superhero movie.

“There’s things in there that are completely false, but I I can’t go out there and say, ‘Oh this isn’t true, and this isn’t true’ without going through everything,” Gunn said.

He added: “And by the way, it’s not the audience’s — at this point, I don’t think it’s the business of anyone who is screen-testing for a role. That is a very private thing.”

Superman’s DC Universe Future

Superman: Legacy is a much-anticipated project, given that Clark Kent has been an integral part of the DC Universe for over 80 years, with various iterations and adaptations across different media. The movie promises to explore the character’s origins and his struggles to balance his dual identities as Clark and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world. The choice to focus on the early years of his career is a bold move that could potentially breathe new life into the character and appeal to a younger generation of fans.

James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.