Gunn has announced he will personally direct Superman: Legacy, the film he is calling the real kick off of the DCEU.
The film is going to focus on a younger Clark Kent as he learns to manage his secret identity and working at the Daily Planet. Gunn also is writing the script and this will be the first movie he will direct since taking over the DC franchise along with Peter Saffron.
“It has been a long road to this point.” he said on social media. “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.
“But, the long and the short of it is, I love this script, and I’m incredibly excited as we begin this journey.”
Currently set for a release on July 11, 2025, the role will be recast for a younger actor to take on the cape most recently filled by Henry Cavill. No casting has been announced yet.