David Corenswet’s Superman: Legacy Will Cost Warner Bros. $64 Million More Than Justice League? James Gunn Responds to Latest DC Rumors

James Gunn debunks the rumors surrounding the hefty budget of Superman: Legacy.

David Corenswet's Superman: Legacy Will Cost Warner Bros. $64 Million More Than Justice League? James Gunn Responds to Latest DC Rumors

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  • Recent rumors surrounding James Gunn's Superman: Legacy stated the film's budget to be $364 million.
  • The alleged staggering budget surpasses even the hefty price tag of $300 million for the 2017 DC film Justice League.
  • James Gunn, however, has debunked the claim while responding to a fan query.
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The DC head and filmmaker, James Gunn, is gearing up for the launch of the new DCU with shows like Creature Commandos, which will premiere later this year, and Superman: Legacy set to start its principal photography in Atlanta this week. With Gunn’s DCU projects gaining momentum, recent reports have surfaced regarding the film’s estimated budget, suggesting it could become one of the most expensive films ever made.

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James Gunn's Superman: Legacy scheduled for July 2025 release
James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy

The budget of the film is reported to be $64 million more than the budget of the 2017 DC film Justice League. And these rumors prompted Gunn to address yet another speculation swirling around the new DC Universe.

James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy Rumored to Have a Budget of $364 Million

Since its inception, James Gunn’s DC Universe has been shrouded in rumors, with the latest speculation revolving around the highly anticipated DCU film starring David Corenswet. With principal photography for Superman: Legacy set to commence in Atlanta this week, a report from The Business Journal stated that it is estimated to have a total budget of more than $363.8 million.

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Reference art for Superman: Legacy from DC Comics
Reference art for Superman: Legacy

The alleged staggering budget surpasses even the hefty price tag of $300 million for the 2017 DC film Justice League, aligning it with other superhero films, including MCU’s Avengers movies. And as fans got curious about the hefty budget, they turned to the filmmaker himself, asking if the reported cost was true or false.

Gunn offered a candid response to the query, as he swiftly debunked the rumors, saying, “Absolutely not. How in the world do they think they know what our budget is?” The budget for the upcoming DC film, however, is yet to be revealed.

Justice League had an estimated budget of $300 million
Justice League had an estimated budget of $300 million

However, if Superman: Legacy boasted a budget of $364 million, it would have placed it among the most expensive superhero films of all time. So far, Marvel’s Avengers movies have the highest budgets in the superhero genre, with Age of Ultron taking the top spot with a reported cost exceeding $444 million.

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James Gunn Reveals Full Cast For Superman: Legacy as Production Kicks Off

The cast of James Gunn’s highly-anticipated superhero epic Superman: Legacy officially came together in Atlanta for a table read ahead of production. The filmmaker commemorated the occasion by sharing an exclusive image of the ensemble cast on his Instagram. The DC Studios co-CEO expressed his excitement in the caption of the post, saying,

James Gunn with the cast of Superman: Legacy
James Gunn with the cast of Superman: Legacy (image via Instagram)

“After the table read with the ‘Superman’ cast. Eve, Mr. Terrific, Superman/Clark, Otis, Lex, producer Peter Safran, Jimmy, Metamorpho, Lois, Hawkgirl, me, Guy, The Engineer all together for the first time! What a wonderful day.”

The picture shared by Gunn includes the impressive lineup of talent set to bring the beloved DC Comics characters to life in the upcoming film. Superman: Legacy is set to star David Corenswet, known for starring in Pearl and The Politician, in the titular role of Superman, with Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan taking on the iconic role of Lois Lane.

James Gunn's Superman: Legacy stars David Corenswet
David Corenswet in Hollywood

Making a striking appearance in Gunn’s post with a shaven head, Nicholas Hoult is set to embody the DC villain Lex Luthor. The upcoming film also features Skyler Gisondo, Anthony Carrigan, Edi Gathegi, Nathan Fillon, and Isabela Mercad, among the cast which is set to bring multiple DC characters to life on-screen.

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Superman: Legacy is set to release on July 11, 2025.

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.