Superman: Legacy is an upcoming reboot of the Superman franchise set to kick-off the new DC Universe. While it had previously being reported that James Gunn is set to write the film, Tom King may have accidentally confirmed that he will also be directing it in a recent interview.
Tom King is a well-known and highly-respected comic book writer, best known for his work with characters such as The Human Target and Batman. He’s also working closely with DC Studios on their new slate of films given the upcoming Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow film is based on his comic of the same name. In a recent interview with ComicPop Returns, King was asked about the role of fans and experts in the creation of the new DCU, and may have revealed more than he wanted.
“James Gunn is a super nerd and he’s super creative. He’s both the writer and director of the Superman movie, and he’s sort of the creative force behind all of this…and he reached out to a group of screenwriters and myself, fantastic, amazing whose names he’s put out there, and to work on making these movies and tv shows as good as they can be. And it was his way of saying, you know, we need nerds in the room we need writers and that this sort of DC renaissance, this DC revolution, is going to be very much a storytelling, it’s story first, we want to tell fantastic stories. That is where we are starting, stopping.”
It’s no shock to many fans that Gunn would be trying his hand at directing Superman: Legacy, as this was a project in development before he became co-chair of DC Studios with Peter Safran. What this revelation does show is how closely Gunn and the rest of his team seem to be working with the new DC Universe, with many comparable figureheads such as Kevin Feige and Kathleen Kennedy staying as producers for their respective universes. Only time will tell if this hands-on approach will pay off.
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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