Superman: Legacy has officially entered pre-production as the first project in James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe. The film’s production designer, Beth Mickle, praises James Gunn’s process and “crystal clear” vision.
Every director has their own path to creating the film. Some, like Taika Waititi, prefer to wing it. Others, like Stanley Kubrick, run their sets like a military. However, it seems as though James Gunn has a very different approach. According to Beth Mickle, a production designer who has worked on a number of Gunn’s prior films, the Superman: Legacy director has a very clear vision for the first DC Universe, but still encourages collaboration:
“That does mean I am doing the new Superman film, and it couldn’t be more of an honor. I’m very happy. We’re all very excited to be a part of the team. We’re very lucky that he comes with a crystal clear vision of what he wants his movies to be. And that’s not often the case,” Mickle told Screen Rant before continuing “…We get to roll up our sleeves and come up with concept art and references and share them with him. He gives great feedback, helps direct, but he also gives a lot of creative license, which is also rare, especially for somebody who has such vision. And so we actually all get to spread our wings and have a really great time while we’re doing it, and all really feel like we contribute to it at the end of the day.”
At the end of the day, building the new DC Universe is a lot like directing a film: it’s a team effort, but there needs to be a strong guiding hand behind it. If Beth Mickle’s experience with James Gunn is any indication, it seems as though him and Peter Safran are the perfect candidates to steer the ship following Superman: Legacy.
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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