James Gunn: 'I was never making a young Superman movie'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 August 2023
James Gunn

James Gunn

James Gunn is not making a "young Superman movie", despite speculation the film would focus on the hero in this youth

James Gunn is not making a "young Superman movie".

Although the writer and director – who is also DC Studios’ co-chief – has replaced Henry Cavill, 40, as Superman with David Corenswet, 30, for 'Superman: Legacy', he insisted that the film will not focus on a young Superman.

When asked by a fan on Threads if the movie is set in the past, he wrote: "I was never making a ‘young Superman’ movie, just a Superman movie!"

Fans have been confused after Gunn wrote on Twitter in December: "In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill."

'Superman: Legacy' will begin filming next year and is expected to be released in 2025, with Gunn previously sharing how invested he was in the project.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "I completely relate to Superman because he’s everything I am. He’s somebody who is an outsider who feels like an alien, but also the ultimate insider, because he’s f****** Superman. And that’s kind of like what I feel like.”

However, he admitted taking on a beloved character is difficult.

He said: "It’s easier to take a character nobody knows, like the Guardians, or Peacemaker, and then do whatever you want with them. People in every single country in the world know the story of Superman.

"How can I make it different from the Superman movies that have been made so far, but also have it respect all the Superman movies that have been made so far? So it just took me some time to try to figure it out.”