“He doesn’t care about politics”: James Gunn Casting Milly Alcock as Supergirl Confirms His Stance After Bassem Youssef’s Explosive Interview

Fans bashed DC boss James Gunn after Bassem Youssef's explosive claim, Gunn reacted.

“He doesn’t care about politics”: James Gunn Casting Milly Alcock as Supergirl Confirms His Stance After Bassem Youssef’s Explosive Interview

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  • Milly Alcock secured the huge role of Woman of Steel in DC Studios as DC boss James Gunn confirmed the news.
  • Comedian Bassem Youssef recently claimed that he was cast out of Gunn’s upcoming 'Superman: Legacy' due to his public support of Palestine.
  • Gunn clarified that he was not offered the role of Rumaan Harjadi in the film as it was never a part of the script.
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After landing her recent successful role as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon, Milly Alcock secured the role of Woman of Steel in DC Studios, DC boss James Gunn recently confirmed.

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Milly Alcock in House of the Dragon
Milly Alcock in House of the Dragon.

Egyptian-American comedian and television presenter Bassem Youssef recently claimed that he was cast out of Gunn’s upcoming Superman: Legacy due to his public support of Palestine during the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian. However, it was not exactly accurate as the official confirmation nullified the claim.

Bassem Youssef Claimed That DC Cut Him Out Of A Superman: Legacy Role Amid Milly Alcock’s Supergirl Casting

Bassem Youssef
Bassem Youssef. Image: Salon/YT

Bassem Youssef has been vocal about the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian war reflecting his public resentment towards Israel. The comedian recently appeared in a Salon Talks interview alleging DC Studios has cut a role from James Gunn’s upcoming flick Superman: Legacy due to his support for Palestine. As he claimed, he auditioned for the role of Rumaan Harjadi in the film, but the part was eventually cut out.

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“Because of that, I was cast in the movie, Superman, and then they told me, ‘We changed the script,’ after this Piers Morgan interview. I want to assume good faith. I want to know, I want to believe that this is true. I was a little bit bitter, and I wanted to go, I was like, ‘Oh, screw DC, screw Warner Bros.’ But then I understand, I understand the emotional burden that those people have. I mean, those people have a connection with Israel.”

During his Piers Morgan: Uncensored October interview, the comedian extended his support for Palestine, and he believed his comments cost him the role. But, per Deadline, Youssef taped an audition for the role before Hollywood actors strike, but he was not offered the role. Gunn later confirmed it via an X post, “This is accurate” as he referred to an IGN article chronicling the debate. Now, as Milly Alcock joins the movie as Supergirl, a geopolitical reflection has cast a spell of debate among fans.

A Geopolitical Debate Surrounding James Gunn

James Gunn
James Gunn. Image: Gage Skidmore/CC

Opinions of celebrities on certain geopolitical events tend to create an uproar among fans, of course, several stars have been careful about their comments but Gunn found himself in a debate that has indirectly involved the DC boss. 

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For Gunn, his stance on his vision was never affected by politics, and Alcock’s casting was a reflection of that.

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“Strangely, Milly was the FIRST person I brought up to Peter [Safran] for this role, well over a year ago, when I had only read the comics. I was watching House of the Dragon & thought she might have the edge, grace & authenticity we needed for the DCU’s Supergirl. And now here we are. Life is wild sometimes,” he wrote on Threads on casting Alcock as Kara Zor-El.

Following Youssef’s interview, fans bashed the director, but his reflection on the matter after bringing Alcock— who also supported ceasefire— on board clarified the confusion. Superman: Legacy is scheduled to hit the theaters on 11 July 2025.

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