It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s official! Pearl actor David Corenswet is all set to portray the next iteration of Clark Kent/Superman in James Gunn‘s Superman: Legacy. Moreover, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan will be playing Lois Lane after a lengthy audition process. Gunn confirmed the news on Twitter, stating that “they are not only both incredible actors but wonderful people.” Gunn has also written the screenplay for his upcoming Superman film. Check out his tweet below:
Tom Brittney and Nicholas Hoult were also in contention for Superman (Hoult was previously considered to play Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves‘ The Batman before the role went on to Robert Pattinson), whilst Phoebe Dynevor and Emma Mackey were also in the running to play Lane. According to a THR article, Hoult is still on the shortlist to play Lex Luthor alongside brothers Alexander and Bill Skarsgård.
Corenswet and Brosnahan (interviewed a few years ago by Joey here) replace Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, who portrayed Superman and Lane in the DCEU in Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. Cavill also briefly appeared as Superman in 2021’s Black Adam and officialized his return as the Man of Steel on Instagram until Gunn took over DC Studios and decided to start fresh, effectively resetting the universe after the events of The Flash. One of the first announcements he made as co-CEO of DC Studios was that Henry Cavill would not play Superman in his version of the DCU.
While Gunn’s DC Universe will be different from the one of the DCEU, the director has a significant responsibility to deliver a critically successful film and a commercially viable one after Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash all bombed at the box office. The DC Universe will start in 2024 with the HBO animated series Creature Commandos before moving on to Waller and Superman: Legacy, with the latter releasing on July 11, 2025.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter