James Gunn on Superman casting rumors: "Only one person has been CAST"

DC Studios Co-CEO and Superman: Legacy director James Gunn says only one role has been cast, and it’s not who you think.

Rumors about top contenders for roles in the upcoming Superman: Legacy film surfaced recently. But DC Studios Co-CEO and filmmaker James Gunn responds that only one role has been cast so far.

DC Studios Co-CEO and Superman: Legacy director James Gunn says only one role has been cast, and it’s not who you think. (Images: DC Studios/Warner Bros. Discovery)

The most recent speculation stems from The Hollywood Reporter who named David Corenswet (Pearl) as a frontrunner. Another name mentioned was Nicholas Hoult (Renfield). Aside from Clark/Kent Superman, actresses Emma Mackey (Barbie), Samara Weaving (Scream VI), Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) allegedly auditioned for the role of Lois Lane.

But are these reports of the Superman: Legacy auditions and casting accurate? James Gunn himself provides some clarity, though it might not be what everyone else expects.

On his official Twitter account, James Gunn responded to the rumors of alleged top contenders for the main cast of Superman: Legacy. Although he neither confirmed nor denied any of the speculation, the DC Studios Co-CEO merely affirmed that he would not make it public until the actor does it first.

The full text of Gunn’s tweet reads:

For all of you asking, I would never comment on who is or isn’t AUDITIONING for a role. That’s the actor’s business only & isn’t something I’d make public unless they did it first after the fact (like @GlennHowerton or @ZacharyLevi having auditioned for Star-Lord & being top choices). For now, only one person has been CAST in Superman: Legacy, and it isn’t any of the regular players in the Superman world.

Interestingly, Gunn adds a merman emoji at the end. Now, this could mean nothing and just a funny way to close the tweet. But like his contemporary filmmaker Zack Snyder, Gunn will often add cryptic messages, hinting at what’s going on behind the scenes. Could this emoji actually be referring to the role that Gunn states has been cast and "isn’t any of the regular players in the Superman world?" If so, who could it be?

Aside from David Corenswet (Netflix's Hollywood), Nicholas Hoult who previously played Hank McCoy/Beast in the Fox X-Men films, is rumored to be in the running for either the Clark Kent/Superman role or as master criminal Lex Luthor.

One theory is that it is Aquaman. In the DC Extended Universe, that role is played by actor Jason Momoa who is set to return in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom. And it has been suggested that Momoa might be one of the few who will retain his DC Universe role, once the reboot after The Flash movie happens. Perhaps this is a subtle way of suggesting Momoa will cameo in Superman: Legacy?

Another theory is it is Lori Lemaris. Hailing from the Silver Age, Lori Lemaris is a mermaid that had a romantic relationship with Clark Kent in his early years just prior to or soon after he adopted the Superman persona. In her DC Comics appearances, Lori would be forced to leave or in some cases perish, essentially becoming the "one that got away" when it comes to Clark’s love interests.

Given that James Gunn confirmed that this is not an origin story but Clark Kent in his early days as a reporter for the Daily Planet and already established a short career as Superman, Lori Lemaris might not be a far-off theory. It would certainly bring something new to the live action version of the Man of Steel that has not been explored before.

As Gunn shoots down Superman: Legacy casting rumors, the only DC Universe project that has a confirmed cast is Creature Commandos.

While DC Comics fans are looking at every bit of news regarding who will replace Henry Cavill as the Last Son of Krypton, for now the only DC Studios project definitively cast is Creature Commandos.

Superman: Legacy, the official beginning of the rebooted DC Universe, is currently targeted for a theatrical release on July 11, 2025.


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