‘Superman: Legacy’ Was In The Works Before Henry Cavill’s ‘Black Adam’ Cameo


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Superman: Legacy was in development at DC Studios long before Henry Cavill’s Black Adam cameo.

According to James Gunn, Superman: Legacy entered development before he was hired to lead DC Studios with Peter Safran. Gunn broke the news on his social media pages, telling fans that he has been working on Legacy for at more than six months now, meaning that the new Superman movie was in the works before the release of Black Adam, which featured Henry Cavil’s Superman.

Superman: Legacy was announced during the recent DC Universe slate reveal, with the confirmation that the role of Clark Kent would be recast with a younger actor, putting to rest any hopes of Henry Cavill reprising the iconic superhero role. DC Studios co-head James Gunn is writing Legacy, with plans to create a fresh take on the DC Comics character while staying true to his core values.

While Superman: Legacy does not yet have a director, DC Studios has set a July 2025 release date for the movie. It is set to take place during the early years of Superman’s career, around the time the titular character first arrives in Metropolis.

Superman: Legacy is a much-anticipated project, given that Superman 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 Kent 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.

Who is replacing Henry Cavill as Superman?

Henry Cavill’s Superman exit has left many fans disappointed. Cavill’s Superman portrayal in the DC Extended Universe was widely praised, with his performance in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League earning acclaim from fans. However, rumors of Cavill’s exit from the franchise have been circulating for some time, with reports suggesting that negotiations for a new DCEU contract had broken down.

DC Studios has not revealed who will play the new Superman, but its co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran are said to be looking for a younger actor to portray the character. The announcement of Superman: Legacy has also sparked a renewed interest in the DC Universe, which has been struggling to find its footing in recent years. DC has been facing stiff competition from Marvel, which has dominated the superhero genre with its interconnected cinematic universe.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.