Don’t Expect Any Sort Of Origin Story In James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy


Sometimes, less really is more. Superhero movies recently went through a bit of a phase where seemingly every major reboot simply had to shoehorn in an origin story, whether it was merited or not. Once you get to a point where a movie called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” kicks things off with a slow-motion rendition of poor Bruce Wayne watching his parents getting murdered right in front of him (only 10 years after watching the same thing happen in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” no less), you know things have gone a little off the rails. Well, don’t expect DC to repeat any of the same mistakes with new leadership James Gunn and Peter Safran now in charge.

Correctly assuming that we all know how the story goes is probably the right call, if you ask me. There’s so much more to Superman/Clark Kent’s story than just the tragedy of how he ended up on Earth in the first place. With “Superman: Legacy” in particular, it sure seems like there wouldn’t be much room to spend on retreading familiar territory, anyhow. We already know that the action will include Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, and approximately a dozen other superheroes, too. (That’s only slightly exaggerating.) With Warner Bros. in desperate need to revitalize its flagship (non-Batman) superhero, well, it makes sense that they’d want things to get off to a more refreshing start this time around.

“Superman: Legacy” is due to arrive in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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