A stunning piece of fan art sees Jonathan Majors leaving Kang and the MCU to join James Gunn’s DC Universe as Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2.
Jonathan Majors jumps from Marvel to DC in a stunning piece of fan art that sees the actor as Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2.
Shared on Instagram by artist horrific.heroics, the artwork shows Majors suited up as Val-Zod, who on Earth-2 is one of the last Kryptonians of his universe and the second to use the mantle of Superman. Created by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott, Val-Zod first appeared in 2014’s Earth-2 #19 and is one of the more popular alternate versions of the Man of Steel. The fan art was captioned “[Concept art] inspired by Michael B Jordan’s current Val Zod HBOMax project,” which was first announced back in July 2021. At this time, the current status of the DC Universe project remains unknown.
Despite the fan art making a compelling case for Majors as Val-Zod, the casting is unlikely to be realized anytime soon since the actor is currently busy playing Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor, who first played a variant of Kang known as He Who Remains in Loki‘s Season 1 finale, is being teased as the big bad of the Multiverse Saga and is expected to play a major role in the MCU beyond the upcoming film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Majors himself has previously stated that Kang will add “real conflict and real friction” to the shared universe, saying, “You’re being introduced to a new vibration in the MCU. There’s conflict – not just mano-a-mano, not just hero and villain, but ‘your way of life’ and ‘my way of life’. I’m coming for it. We’re in battle here.”
Superman’s DCU Future Looks Bright
Val-Zod was one of several Superman projects in development under the old DC leadership. Since James Gunn and Peter Safran were named co-CEOs and co-chairs of DC Studios in late 2022, the only Superman project officially confirmed as part of the new DCU is an untitled Superman film that is currently being written by Gunn. The upcoming film will not be an origin story but will be set during “an earlier part of Superman’s life,” with Clark Kent still working at the Daily Planet.
Although Henry Cavill recently returned as Superman for a Black Adam cameo, Gunn has revealed that the actor will not play the DC superhero in his DCU film and that a younger actor will be sought for the iconic role. The secrecy surrounding the DCU has led to a flurry of rumors online, including one that suggested Euphoria star Jacob Elordi has been cast as the Big Blue Boy Scout. However, Gunn recently debunked the casting, writing on Twitter that “no one has been cast as Superman yet. Casting, as is almost always the case with me, will happen after the script is finished or close to finished, and it isn’t. We’ll announce a few things in not too long, but the casting of Superman won’t be one of them.”
Gunn’s Superman film does not have a release date at this time.
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