March 22, 2023

James Gunn Directing ‘Superman: Legacy’

Writer, director, co-chairmen and co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn and Superman.

(Left) Writer, director, co-chairmen and co-CEO of DC Studios, James Gunn. Photo courtesy of James Gunn’s Twitter account. (Right) Superman. Photo courtesy of DC

While making his big reveal of the various projects he and fellow new DC Studios CEO Peter Safran are planning for the company, James Gunn announced that he was at work on a new movie featuring Superman.

Titled ‘Superman: Legacy’, Gunn dropped word that he was writing the script for the new movie but didn’t confirm then whether he was directing it.

He’s now made it clear that he is indeed going to be overseeing it.

Superman: Legacy
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Why is James Gunn directing ‘Superman: Legacy?’

Taking to Twitter, Gunn offered an insight into the thought process that went into his decision to direct.

Here’s part of what he said:·

“It has been a long road to this point. I was offered Superman years ago –– I initially said no because I didn’t have a way in that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved. Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage; how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes. So I chose to finally take on writing the script. But I was hesitant to direct, despite the constant pestering by Peter Safran and others to commit (sorry, Peter). Just because I write something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, visually and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially not something of this magnitude.”

You can read his full twitter thread, including the movie’s emotional connection to his father, here:

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