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“I’m honored to be a part”: James Gunn Confirms Superman: Legacy Has Entered Pre-Production After Henry Cavill Exit

james gunn, superman legacy and henry cavill as superman

DC Studios has given a drastic change to its fans whether it be getting James Gunn and Peter Safran on board as the new CEOs or announcing a 10-year plan for the DCU. Chapter 1 of the franchise titled, Gods and Monsters will be featuring the upcoming project which the former has hinted at recently.

James Gunn, American director
James Gunn, American director

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The famous filmmaker is now an integral part of the franchise. Not just that, he has also announced delving into a much-anticipated project, Superman: Legacy which will feature a new actor donning the stylized “S” symbol on the chest.

James Gunn Announced Superman: Legacy Started Pre-Production!

Superman: Legacy
Superman: Legacy

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The 56-year-old filmmaker and co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn took to social media to announce that Superman: Legacy is now officially in the pre-production phase. Uploading the cover page of the upcoming film’s script, he wrote in the caption,

“I’m honored to be a part of the legacy.”
Now that the Guardians of the Galaxy director has completed the script, the team is working on the other elements like costume and production design, which are “up and running.”

Check out the tweet here.


This movie will be a fresh beginning in the DCU as a new Superman will be introduced who will replace Henry Cavill as he had been let go by the franchise. Though there has been no official information regarding the candidates who will likely take on the role, it might be announced soon given that the movie is officially in the pre-production phase.

Henry Cavill’s Exit from The DC Franchise!

Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill was previously portraying the role of Superman in DCU

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Last year, Cavill officially announced his departure from the successful franchise that helped him in getting global stardom as Superman. On his Instagram, the actor wrote,

“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.”

He concluded his message by writing,

“My turn to wear the cape has passed, but what Superman stands for never will. It’s been a fun ride with you all, onwards and upwards.”

After debuting in Man of Steel, he continued his arc with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. While fans wanted to see more of his arc, the fact that the change happened in the franchise also changed the plans to take a different approach for this character.

Gunn himself confirmed that DC would be moving forward with a movie focusing on a younger version of the hero which clarified that the British actor would not return.

Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025.

Source: James Gunn’s Twitter

Written by Priya Sharma

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