David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan as Superman and Lois Lane in Superman: Legacy

27 June 2023
Filmmaker James Gunn has finally found his Superman and Lois Lane for the upcoming film titled "Superman: Legacy." David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan have been chosen to portray the iconic superhero and the intrepid reporter respectively. The movie is set to launch a fresh universe within DC Comics, under the direction of Gunn and his co-boss at DC Studios, Peter Safran.

Gunn embarked on a rigorous casting process, conducting screen tests over the June 17 weekend. Corenswet and Brosnahan emerged as the top choices among six talented actors vying for the lead roles. Nicholas Hoult, Tom Brittney, Emma Mackey, and Phoebe Dynevor were also considered for the roles of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

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Playing Superman is a highly coveted and challenging role for any actor. Corenswet's portrayal of the superhero will anchor DC's fresh universe, as the franchise aims to redefine itself following recent film disappointments such as "Black Adam," "Shazam! Fury of the Gods," and "The Flash." The character of Superman has only been portrayed by three actors on the big screen: Christopher Reeve in the groundbreaking 1978 film "Superman" and its subsequent sequels, Brandon Routh in "Superman Returns" (2006), and Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" (2013).

Henry Cavill, who played Superman in the DC Extended Universe films, including "Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Justice League," expressed his intention to continue his portrayal of the superhero. However, with Gunn and Safran's appointment to revamp DC, plans were made to introduce a younger version of Superman.

"Superman: Legacy" is scheduled for release on July 11, 2025, with filming expected to begin early next year. Gunn plans to start the franchise by introducing Lex Luthor and The Authority, who will later headline their own films.

"Superman: Legacy" will be the first film produced entirely under Gunn and Safran's tenure at DC Studios. Their involvement began with "The Flash," although the film faced negative publicity due to star Ezra Miller. Despite this setback, "The Flash" generated a disappointing $55 million during its opening weekend.

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For David Corenswet, landing the role of Superman in "Superman: Legacy" marks a significant career shift, as he assumes the lead role in a major studio film for the first time. Corenswet gained recognition through his performances in Ryan Murphy's "The Politician" and Netflix's "Hollywood." Meanwhile, Rachel Brosnahan, known for her Emmy and Golden Globe-winning role in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," takes on the iconic role of Lois Lane, following in the footsteps of Margot Kidder, Kate Bosworth, and Amy Adams.

Gunn expressed a personal connection to the character of Superman, citing similarities between himself and the superhero. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he described Superman as an outsider who feels like an alien but also an ultimate insider due to his extraordinary abilities.

With the casting of David Corenswet as Superman and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, James Gunn's "Superman: Legacy" aims to breathe new life into the DC film franchise. This highly anticipated movie not only sets the stage for a fresh universe but also showcases the talents of Corenswet and Brosnahan as they take on the iconic roles of Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. Fans eagerly await the release of "Superman: Legacy" on July 11, 2025, as Gunn and Safran usher in an exciting era for DC Comics on the silver screen.


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