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James Gunn Responds to Worries About Overcrowding of Superheroes in ‘Superman: Legacy’

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Over the last week, it’s been revealed that the upcoming film Superman: Legacy, featuring David Corenswet as the Man of Steel, will incorporate additional superheroes, leading some fans to fear an overcrowding of characters. Responding to these worries on Threads, director James Gunn assured that the film won’t lose focus on Superman, explaining how the other characters will contribute to the overall narrative.

Recent casting news for Superman: Legacy announced Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho. A common concern among fans is that the film might prioritize setting the stage for future sequels over telling a cohesive story. Gunn, however, clarified this wouldn’t be the case for Superman: Legacy. He penned, “Never have I used a movie to lay groundwork for another. Characters are included as they enhance Superman’s story, not as a stepping stone for future franchise ventures. The spotlight remains on Superman and Lois.”

Gunn further explained the role of these additional characters in another post. He wrote, “We’re venturing into a world where superheroes are a part of the landscape and have been for some time. They’re just as integral to Superman’s world as Lois and Jimmy.” While Superman was the inaugural superhero of the DC Comics universe, there have been narratives where he is not the first. For instance, in numerous modern comic tales, the Justice Society superhero group was active during WWII, predating Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman. Clark (Tom Welling) even joins forces with members of the JSA in Smallville’s ninth season, who had been crime-fighting long before Clark and Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) took up their superhero personas.

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Superman: Legacy Will Spotlight a Younger Version of the Man of Steel

Upon revealing his involvement as the scriptwriter for the subsequent Superman movie, Gunn disclosed that the plot would revolve around a younger version of the character, sidestepping the origin story. Co-CEO of DC Studios, Peter Safran, shared, “The focus is on Superman’s struggle to reconcile his Kryptonian lineage with his Earthly upbringing.” Safran continued, “Superman embodies truth, justice, and the American way. His character is a beacon of kindness in a world that often regards kindness as outdated.” Gunn also divulged that the film would draw inspiration from the All-Star Superman comic book series, published between 2005 and 2008.

Superman: Legacy is slated for release on July 11, 2025. Until then, you can catch Gunn’s recent interview with FilmSweep about his latest project, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, below:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Superman: Legacy

Who is directing the upcoming movie, Superman: Legacy?

James Gunn is the director of the upcoming movie, Superman: Legacy.

What is the main concern of fans regarding Superman: Legacy?

Fans are worried that the film may lose focus on Superman due to the inclusion of multiple other superheroes.

How did James Gunn respond to fans’ concerns about Superman: Legacy?

James Gunn assured fans that the focus of Superman: Legacy would remain on Superman and Lois. He clarified that additional characters are included because they enhance Superman’s story, not as a stepping stone for future franchise ventures.

Who are some of the additional superheroes cast in Superman: Legacy?

Some of the additional superheroes cast in Superman: Legacy are Guy Gardner/Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), Hawkgirl (Isabela Merced), Mr. Terrific (Edi Gathegi), and Metamorpho (Anthony Carrigan).

What is the expected release date for Superman: Legacy?

Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025.

What is the main storyline of Superman: Legacy?

Superman: Legacy will focus on a younger version of the Man of Steel, specifically his struggle to balance his Kryptonian heritage with his Earthly upbringing. The film draws inspiration from the All-Star Superman comic book series.

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Justice4All July 14, 2023 - 11:21 am

Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Hawkgirl AND Green Lantern??? it’s like Justice society reunion. Can’t wait for 2025!!!

SuperFan101 July 14, 2023 - 2:15 pm

wow, so many heroes in one movie!! Can’t wait to see how they all interact, hope Superman still gets his spotlight tho…

ClarkKentFan July 14, 2023 - 2:38 pm

I’m really excited to see a younger Superman on screen. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles his Kryptonian heritage and human upbringing.

ComicGeek22 July 14, 2023 - 4:06 pm

James gunn directing superman??! now that’s something i didn’t see coming, but i’m excited for what he brings to the table.

DCEternal July 15, 2023 - 12:11 am

Just hope they don’t make the same mistake as Batman v Superman, too many characters and less story, fingers crossed…

MovieBuff88 July 15, 2023 - 7:37 am

All-Star Superman storyline, huh? That’s promising. It’s one of the best Superman story arcs ever written. Let’s hope they do it justice!


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