This might seem like old news, but nothing was ever made official until today. James Gunn will indeed direct Superman: Legacy from his own screenplay. The news was leaked recently by comic book writer/screenwriter Tom King, so DC Studios, which Gunn is co-chief of, decided to go ahead and just reveal it once and for all.
Superman: Legacy will be the first solo Superman project since Man of Steel in 2013. Henry Cavill notably played the character in that film and in subsequent appearances in Batman v Superman, Justice League, and most recently in a Black Adam cameo. Fans were excited to see Cavill’s return in that last appearance, only for Gunn to decide to take the character in a new direction with a new actor.
Part of this new direction Gunn and Peter Safran are establishing is a first phase, titled “Gods and Monsters.” Superman: Legacy, which will center on a younger Clark Kent, will be the first film in this initial chapter.
Superman: Legacy opens in theaters on July 11th 2025.