‘Superman: Legacy’: James Gunn Wants Actor ‘You’d Want To Hug’

He's a big ol' softie!

James Gunn Superman Legacy

With casting gearing up for Superman: Legacy, fans have been speculating on what actors might be able to fill the cape of the Man of Steel. In a new interview, James Gunn revealed that the criteria to cast the actor is simple: You have to want to hug them.

The huggability of an actor is a tad simplification of the complex process of casting an actor for such an iconic role. However, Gunn has emphasized the focus on the heart of the character before, stating he wants to make a truly sincere film. It was the humanity of the character that he emphasized during a recent red carpet interview for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:

 “It has to be somebody who has all the humanity that Superman has, but he’s also an alien.” He told Variety. “It’s gotta be somebody who has the kindness and compassion that Superman has. And it has to be somebody that you’d want to give you a hug.”

Gunn ended the interview saying that every Superman actor has been good, but that he seeks to add to the legacy of the character with this new film. With many fans upset about Henry Cavill being recast as the titular hero, a warm face may be exactly what it takes to bring fans together for this brand new film. With pre-production starting on the film, it’s likely not long until fans meet their Man of Tomorrow.

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.

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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!