Superman: Legacy: Release date, cast, plot for James Gunn's DCU reboot

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a reboot

Superman: Legacy will be directed by James Gunn. (DC/Getty)
Superman: Legacy will be directed by James Gunn. (DC/Getty)

It's been ten years since Superman last led his own solo movie in Man of Steel, but after many false dawns, Kal-El will finally take flight again in James Gunn's Superman: Legacy.

The fresh start for DC's crown jewel is coming to cinemas in 2025 and is being billed as the first entry in a planned universe of cross-platform storytelling — now known as the DCU. Following the lead of the MCU, the new Superman film will be the start of Phase 1: Gods and Monsters.

Here's everything we know about Superman: Legacy so far...

Superman: Legacy release date

Superman: Legacy is slated to hit cinemas on 11 July, 2025, 12 years after the release of Man of Steel.

The release date was announced in January 2023 when James Gunn and Peter Safran — the new bosses at DC Studios — revealed their ambitious plan to reboot the DC Universe.

Although, Superman: Legacy will be preceded on the small screen by Creature Commandos and Waller, the movie is considered as the true starting point for the new DCU.

Superman: Legacy cast

Henry Cavill announced his return as Superman on Instagram (Warner Bros.)
Henry Cavill announced his return as Superman on Instagram (Warner Bros.)

The new Clark Kent/Superman, according to Gunn, will be "younger than in his forties".

While we don't know who will play him in Superman: Legacy, we can rule out one name for certain: Henry Cavill. The British actor who donned the Kyptonian cape in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League and Black Adam has officially left the role.

In December 2022, Gunn tweeted an update on the Superman reboot saying: "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. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

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Cavill confirmed his exit, posting on Instagram: “It’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life.”

Euphoria star Jacob Elordi has been linked with the role, but Gunn insists no-one has been cast to play the new Superman yet.

As for which other characters may appear in Legacy, we don't yet know. However, as the film is rumoured to cover Clark Kent's early career at the Daily Planet, we can expect to meet new versions of Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White.

Superman: Legacy plot

Superman The Movie Christopher Reeve flying in front of The Twin Towers World Trade Center, New York in a publicity pose for the 1978 movie. (Photo by Screen Archives/Getty Images)
Christopher Reeve in 1978's Superman: The Movie. (Screen Archives/Getty Images)

Where previous Superman movies have explored the Man of Steel's origins, James Gunn's script for Superman: Legacy will not.

“It’s not an origin story,” Safran said. “It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks that kindness is old-fashioned.”

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Sharing an update when Gunn officially signed on to direct the film, Gunn said of the plot: "I was offered Superman years ago — I initially said no because I didn’t have a way in that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved.”

The director went on to say that “a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage — how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.”

Superman: Legacy is coming to cinemas on 11 July, 2025.

Watch a trailer for Batman v Superman below.