James Gunn Will Direct Superman: Legacy

It’s official, James Gunn will helm the upcoming Superman movie reboot that will kick off an all new chapter of the DC Universe on screen!

When James Gunn and Peter Safran offered up the first details on their new direction for DC films at the end of January, one of the biggest announcements was Superman: Legacy. The new take on the Man of Steel is set to be the real jumping off point for “Chapter 1” of the new DC Universe, and already has a July 2025 release date.

With James Gunn penning the script, just about everyone assumed he would be directing the new film as well. Today, it’s official. Warner Bros. made the announcement, just a little bit ago:

Kicking off their multi-platform connected DC universe – Chapter One, Gods and Monsters – DC Studios’ Co-Chairmen & CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran announced today that Gunn, who penned the screenplay, will also take the helm of the hugely anticipated Superman Legac, with Safran producing.


Superman Legacy tells the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.


Gunn will direct from his screenplay based on characters from DC. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

With a script in place, a director (officially) sorted, and a 2025 release date on the horizon, hopefully it won’t be too long before we hear word of some casting for this new version of Superman.

Superman: Legacy is set to hit theaters on July 11, 2025.

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