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Here’s What We Know About James Gunn’s New ‘Superman’ Movie

James Gunn participates in the Marvel Studios’ Live-Action presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, 2022.

Director James Gunn and British producer Peter Safran are the current co-chairpersons and CEOs of DC Studios. As part of an attempt to bring transparency to the DC fanbase in these trying times, Gunn has taken to Twitter to address some rumors, including a big one about Henry Cavill returning as Superman. In clearing that up, Gunn shared the actual plan for the next Superman movie.

While not an origin story, according to Gunn, the next Superman film will focus on the earlier parts of the hero’s life. A director has not been found, but Gunn did confirm in tweets that he’ll be writing the script:

Of course, this is hardly the first time we’ve seen a younger version of the Man of Steel on screen—most iconically, the long-running prequel series Smallville depicted Clark Kent growing up, meeting Lex Luthor, and discovering his abilities in small town America. While Man of Steel didn’t highlight all of Clark Kent’s boyhood, it did attempt to show the early days of him being Superman (and causing so much damage).

We have yet to see Gunn work with a character like Superman in his current roster, so it’ll be interesting to see how he constructs the story. We know he can be earnest (look to the recent Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for proof), so hopefully he will be able to bring that perspective to the forefront even more for Superman.

(image: Jesse Grant, Getty Images for Disney)

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