Stop printing (Daily Planet): James Gunn has found his Superman and Lois Lane. David Corenswet will play the lead Clark Kent/Superman in Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy.” Rachel Brosnahan was cast as Lois.
Corenswet broke out in A24’s horror hit ‘Pearl’. He is also known for Netflix’s ‘Look Both Ways’ and the HBO miniseries ‘We Own This City’. Corenswet also wrote, directed, and starred in the sketch comedy web series “Moe & Jerryweather.” He will soon be seen opposite Natalie Portman in the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series “The Lady In The Lake.”
Brosnahan just wrapped up her five-season run as the star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Brosnahan won an Emmy Award and two Golden Globes for “Maisel.” She was nominated for a 2015 Emmy for “House of Cards”. Brosnahan recently starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Lionsgate’s “The Courier” and opposite Christoph Waltz and Willem Dafoe in director Walter Hill’s 2022 western “Dead For a Dollar.”
“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, driven by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned. Gunn will direct from his own script based on DC characters. The Superman character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
The high-stakes film is produced by Peter Safran (“Aquaman” and “The Conjuring”), Gunn’s co-president and CEO at DC Studios. “Superman: Legacy” is the first in Gunn and Safran’s new slate of interconnected films as part of the DCU; the release is scheduled for July 11, 2025. There is a lot going on in “Superman: Legacy”. “The Flash” and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” both from DC’s former regime, struggled at the box office. To catch Marvel, DC needed a serious reset.
As such, the search for a new Kal-El (Supe’s Kryptonian name) was serious business and the cap (but hopefully not the red underpants) was passed around. DAY reported Monday that Gunn had conducted screen tests with other pairings, including Nicholas Hoult and Tom Brittney for Superman, and Emma Mackey and Phoebe Dynevor for Lois.
For a while it seemed like the role wasn’t even up for grabs. “Superman: Legacy” follows Henry Cavill’s brief return to the role of Superman in a post-credits installment following the Dwayne Johnson film “Black Adam.” After Cavill announced he was returning, Gunn and Safran took the universe—and the concert—in a different direction.