In a world dominated by war, greed, and nihilism, and people teetering on the fraying edges of morality, there exists one man who stands for everything that humanity could be. This beacon of hope and virtue is what can offer the planet a chance at finding its way back to goodness. DC’s Superman: Legacy is the beginning of that long, weary, and hardened path that will not only determine the survival of Clark Kent’s fictional world, but the fate of the franchise that nurtured him into being.
As such, the unbearable burden of responsibility that has been placed on the shoulders of James Gunn and his creative team comes with the complicated feelings of the past and a universe that now lies dormant in the ashes. If the DC cinematic universe wants to step out of the shadow of its imposing predecessor, Gunn’s Superman: Legacy needs to deliver more than just a promise – it needs to be the blinding beacon of the lighthouse that guides the entire DC fandom home.
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Superman: Legacy – James Gunn’s Promise of a Better Future
James Gunn’s DCU slate which was revealed in a video diary and media statement, both released simultaneously, has snagged the attention of an entire faction of the population who have simmered quietly in resentment and dejection over the past 6 years. The momentary respite that Zack Snyder delivered to the fans with his 2021 HBO Max release of Justice League Snyder’s Cut was a band-aid on the gashing wound left untreated for years and without assurance of whether the entire SnyderVerse would be amputated or left as is without any future in sight.
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Gunn’s Chapter 1 promises to rectify that with his saga of Gods and Monsters. With Superman: Legacy officially kicking off the reborn franchise, the story not only begins as a reboot of the entire DC universe, but a path tracing the origin of the franchise’s synonymous IP. A young Superman is what has been promised to the fans but the plot needs to be more than a 25-year-old growing into his identity – everyone knows that story.
Keeping in mind James Gunn’s impressive career as a writer and director, his script and vision for Superman can be predicted to come with a healthy dose of the unexpected (the good kind). And even if all else fails, the fans will have an entire slate of intertwined storytelling to look forward to, which already provides room for growth and development in the years to come.
Fans Excited Over James Gunn’s Cryptic Hints on Twitter
If there is anything one needs to know about the world of show business, it’s that the success of a project depends entirely on whether the audience is happy or not. Hollywood revolves around its fans, and without the latter’s acknowledgment or approval, a project subsides into oblivion just as fast as the shifting currents of the clime. DC isn’t exempt from the rule, as was made abundantly clear over the raucous that followed in the wake of the SnyderVerse.
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However, James Gunn knows the trade and he knows just how much to tease the fandom into expecting a better future. His plans for Superman: Legacy are currently in the works and constantly developing with each passing day. As such, Gunn has deemed it appropriate to drop a subtle hint of what’s to come on Mastodon and followed it up with a retweet on Twitter. The fandom, as expected, has gone frantic trying to decipher what it all means.
For now, all that is known to the general masses is that Superman: Legacy is rumored to be a multiversal event – a working fan theory supported by Gunn’s Twitter and Mastodon activity.
James Gunn posted this 2 days ago on Mastodon and retweeted it 👀 pic.twitter.com/2CVyHXpkss
— Home of DCU (@homeofdcu) February 6, 2023
It’s also on his Twitter page. Superman Legacy about to be a 10/10 banger
— Reynolds Woodcock (@ReynoldsWoodcok) February 6, 2023
Is @JamesGunn hitting the #DC's Multiverse?
— Alexandre Matias (@matiasalexandre) February 6, 2023
— negan (@negandmorgan) February 6, 2023
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Superman: Legacy is in safe hands pic.twitter.com/Ur40x32fcN
— Keizi Cinema 🐜🍿 (@KeiziTV) February 5, 2023
This one line immediately sold me on #SupermanLegacy:
"He is kindness in a world that thinks that kindness as old-fashioned."
— Adam Lance Garcia (@AdamLanceGarcia) January 31, 2023
Ever since an idea was conceived about the beginning of Krypton’s destruction and the fated arrival of the god-hero on Earth, the world of comics, make-believe, idealism, and imagination was changed in its entirety. The notions of good and evil were no longer subjective to one’s worldly experiences. Comics have taught multitudes of generations what it is to strive even when faced with the greatest adversaries, and find humility in our struggles and victories.
Superman: Legacy is that story of the origin of hope in a world where no hope exists. Superman: Legacy is the story that brings that hope to Kal-El’s world just as much as it strives to bring to ours.
Superman: Legacy premieres on July 11, 2025.