James Gunn
In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, James Gunn attends the grand opening of Guardians of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction on May 25, 2017 at Disneys California Adventure in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images


  • DC Studios co-chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran are working on a new Superman feature film
  • The feature film is officially titled "Superman: Legacy"
  • No director has been attached to the film, which is written by Gunn

DC Studios co-chiefs James Gunn and Peter Safran have announced the roster of new films in the works for the rebooted DC Universe, and it includes a new "Superman" movie.

The newly appointed executives met with reporters Monday on the Warner Bros. studio lot to reveal the first part of Chapter 1 of the DCU — called "Gods and Monsters" — which includes a total of 10 film and TV titles, Variety reported.

Most of the titles feature popular DC heroes, including the new Superman film written by Gunn.

The movie was announced early last month, but the title had yet to be revealed at the time. Now, the chairpersons announced that the movie will be called "Superman: Legacy."

Gunn confirmed that Henry Cavill will not be reprising the role of Superman, whom the actor played in 2013's "Man Of Steel" and 2017's "Justice League."

With the 39-year-old "Enola Holmes" actor out of the picture, the executives are looking to cast a new actor in the role, Variety reported.

Gunn first announced the recasting of Superman last month.

"Peter & I have a DC slate ready to go, which we couldn't be more over-the-moon about; we'll be able to share some exciting information about our first projects at the beginning of the new year," the director-turned-label-chief tweeted.

He continued, "Among those on the slate is Superman. 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."

Cavill also confirmed the news via his Instagram account at the time, nearly two months after he revealed that he was returning as the superhero in October 2022.

"Superman: Legacy" is scheduled to open on July 11, 2025, and it will mark "the start of the DCU," according to Safran.

The feature film will not be an origin story of the Man of Steel but instead will focus on Superman "balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing," the 57-year-old "Shazam!" producer added.

Gunn is writing the project, but Safran said he wishes that the former "can be persuaded" to direct the feature film as well.

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav emphasized that the "Superman" reboot would be the company's top priority, explaining that he spent much of 2022 looking for the right leaders for DC Studios.

Aside from "Superman: Legacy," DC Studios is also working on a Batman and Robin movie, a Wonder Woman prequel series, a Green Lantern mystery series as well as titles featuring lesser-known characters such as Booster Gold and Swamp Thing.

Safran and Gunn said Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Zachary Levi can continue playing their respective DC superheroes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Shazam, but if they choose not to return, they will be casting new actors in the roles.

James Gunn
James Gunn said “Thor: Ragnarok” has the best trailer ever. In this photo, the director attended The Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios “Doctor Strange” in Hollywood on Oct. 20, 2016. Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez