For the first time in 10 years, there is finally a release date and title for a solo Superman movie. This episode of the podcast takes an early look at Superman: Legacy and the rest of DCU Chapter 1.

Superman: Legacy

  • Superman: Legacy as the title
  • The Hollywood Reporter – The movie featuring the Man of Steel that Gunn is writing and may direct, although no commitments on that end have been made. While the two previous titles are meant to be “aperatifs,” in Safran’s words, Superman is the true kick off for the duo’s DCU plans. “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 as old-fashioned.” 
  • A release date of July 11, 2025 has been penciled in.
  • Variety – Peter Safran wants Gunn to direct as well as write
  • “‘Superman’ is for everyone,” Gunn said. “That’s a four quadrant film that should speak to everyone in the world.”
  • Video – All-Star Superman cover
  • Above the Line – “Superman: Legacy is the true foundation of our creative vision for the DC Universe. Not only is Superman an iconic part of DC lore, [but] he is also a favorite character for comic book readers, viewers of earlier movies, and fans around the world. I can’t wait to introduce our version of Superman, who audiences will be able to follow and get to know across films, movies, animation, and gaming,” Gunn said in a statement.
  • Gunn wants to do what is best for DC – deciding if that is more time as an exec or getting Superman: Legacy going with his own direction
  •  And because great villains are the opposite of the heroes they battle, Gunn said he expects to be the villain to be really evil, citing Gorilla Grodd and Joker as examples. But back to why I’m all but certain Gunn will direct Superman: Legacy himself…When James was 11 years old, his parents sent him to see a psychiatrist because he didn’t interact with his peers much growing up. And in order to help James, that psychiatrist encouraged Gunn’s father to take an interest in the things that James loved, which means comic books. So he drove his son to Creation Comic-Con in Chicago, where they met Ernie Chan, and it cemented James’ love of comics. And he said that one of his happiest moments was when he walked in on his father reading a Superman comic on his own. As soon as he said that, I knew there wasn’t a chance in hell he was going to pass up the opportunity to reinvent the Man of Steel.
  • Gunn acknowledged that Superman will be entering the public domain in a decade, but only certain elements of the character, and he won’t allow that to impact his definition of Clark Kent. He also said that while the DCU will be a unified universe, he wants fans to understand the story first and foremost, so if Superman is in The Authority, he wants viewers to be able to understand what’s going on in The Authority without having seen Superman: Legacy, and while small confusions are, of course, unavoidable, the main thing is that each individual project is understood on its own terms.

Overall Plans

  • Acknowledged the mess
  • 2 movies and 2 TV shows per year
  • Variety – “To build the overarching story for the DCU, Gunn brought together a writers room of Drew Goddard (“The Martian”), Jeremy Slater (“Moon Knight”), Christina Hodson (“The Flash,” “Batgirl”), Christal Henry (“Watchmen”) and comics writer Tom King (“Batman,” “Mister Miracle”). Gunn indicated that at least some of these writers would continue working on DCU projects, including Henry, who is co-showrunning “Waller.””
  • Peacemaker Season 2 has been put on hold
  • Superman & Lois has “one or two more seasons left”
  • Not a full release
  • One big director already attached, but not announcing all titles yet
  • Prioritizing writers and the creative process, not forcing a release date
  • Moral ambiguity
  • No r-rated movies
  • 1 actor per character (movie, tv, live-action, animation, gaming) “usually”


  • Make DCU connected, characters consistent across mediums
  • The Flash “resets” the entire DC Universe
  • Only PART of the first chapter
  • “The true beginning” of the DCU is Superman: Legacy
  • “This is being written by me(Gunn). I’m in the middle of it and I’m having a great time doing it. 


  • Henry Cavill will not return, but Other characters maybe?
  • Soft reboot, hard reboot? Something else?
  • Sequels?

DCU Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters

  • Creature Commandos animated series
  • Waller live-action TV series, spinning off of Peacemaker
  • Superman: Legacy – July 11, 2025
  • Lanterns TV series starring Hal Jordan and John Stewart and others on Earth
  • The Authority movie – “From global fame to relative obscurity, “Superman: Legacy” will lead directly into “The Authority,” an ensemble movie about superhumans who have a less-than-idealistic approach to saving the world.”
  • Paradise Lost TV series set on Themyscira before Wonder Woman’s birth
  • The Brave and The Bold movie starring Batman and Damien Wayne
  • Booster Gold TV series
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow movie -”Taking its cues from the recent Tom King-written mini-series, this movie project promises to have a different take than what most think of when the idea of Superman’s cousin comes to mind. “We will see the difference between Superman, who was sent to Earth and raised by loving parents from the time he was an infant, versus Supergirl, raised on a rock, a chip off of Krypton, and who watched everyone around her die and be killed in terrible ways for the first 14 years of her life and then come to Earth. She is much more hardcore and not the Supergirl we’re used to.”
  • Swamp Thing movie

DC Elseworlds Brand

  • The Batman, Joker, Teen Titans GO!, etc.

Other Thoughts

  • All set in present day?
  • Known vs. unknown characters
  • Superman vs. The Elite, “What’s So Funny about Truth, Justice, and The American Way.”?
  • Climatic event to Chapter 1?

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