It turns out Jacob Elordi may have been in the running to play the Man of Steel in Superman: Legacy. However, the actor turned down the DC Universe role because it was “too dark”.
In the early days of Superman: Legacy speculation, Jacob Elordi topped the lists of many fans regarding who they wanted to play the Blue Boyscout. It’s now come out that the actor was actually offered to audition for the role, however ended up turning down the chance to be in the DC Universe due to it being “too dark”, which Elordi revealed when asked if he had any superhero ambitions:
“Not particularly, no. I’ve always been told to say a rounded answer or my agent will get mad at me. ‘Anything can happen!’ And obviously anything can happen, but at this stage in my life, I don’t see myself having any interest in that. I like to make what I would watch, and I get very restless watching those movies. And then I’m supposed to finish it with: ‘Never say never!'”
“Well, they asked me to read for Superman,” Elordi finishes. “That was immediately, ‘No, thank you.’ That’s too much. That’s too dark for me.”
It’s certainly interesting that Jacob Elordi found the Superman: Legacy script “too dark” given many fans worried James Gunn would make the Man of Steel too silly in his new DC Universe. Though given the project is rumored to feature a conflict in the Middle East, it seems all but confirmed the project will be deeper than many may have expected.
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 Kent and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world.
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.
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