Why James Gunn’s ‘Superman: Legacy’ Won’t Use The Volume From ‘The Mandalorian’

Let's get practical!

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It’s time to make some noise for Superman: Legacy! Director James Gunn confirms the freshman outing of the upcoming DC Universe reboot will avoid The Volume in favor of using practical sets.

The Volume is a very controversial evolution in modern filmmaking, essentially being a giant studio of LED panels used to project digital backgrounds in a way that looks realistic. While the technology was popularized by projects like The Mandalorian, many fans have grown sour on the idea of a purely digital soundstage.

Luckily for DC Universe fans, it seems James Gunn will be shirking the controversial technology in favor of using practical sets. During a recent post on Threads, Gunn confirmed The Volume won’t be used because his sets are “too big” and his “cameras move too much.”

Given The Daily Planet and Lex Corp are likely to play at least decent-sized roles in the movie, it makes sense James Gunn wouldn’t want to use The Volume. However, this may also mean fans may see practical sets for Krypton and The Fortress of Solitude in Superman: Legacy, which would certainly be a feast for the eyes!

What to expect from Superman’s DC Universe debut

Set to begin production in March 2024, Superman: Legacy promises a fresh take on the iconic superhero saga, featuring David Corenswet stepping into the role of Superman, previously portrayed by Henry Cavill. Joining Corenswet in this new chapter of the Superman story is Rachel Brosnahan, who will bring to life the character of Lois Lane, the intrepid journalist and Superman’s love interest.

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.

Superman: Legacy is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

Anthony has always had a love for stories. An aspiring screenwriter and video editor, he takes pride in connecting fans with the latest heroic news!