Superman: Legacy writer-director James Gunn has confirmed that cameras are set to start rolling on the DC Universe film at the top of next year.
Last month, Heroic Hollywood reported that Superman: Legacy was set to start filming in January 2024. Gunn himself has now confirmed this as factual as part of a newly-uploaded WIRED Autocomplete Interview. “James Gunn is directing Superman: Legacy,” the filmmaker said in response to a frequently-searched Google question. “We start shooting in January.”
Of course, Superman: Legacy isn’t the only high-profile superhero reboot targeting a January 2024 production start. Marvel Studios’ upcoming Fantastic Four film is also reportedly set to start shooting that month. However, reports also indicate that Fantastic Four‘s production start could be delayed if the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike lasts longer than six months, though insiders see this prospect as unlikely.
As for Superman, it was previously reported that Gunn was prepared to support the WGA’s efforts by pausing work on the film in the event of a strike. The strike ultimately did begin on May 2. Shortly after, it was reported that Gunn had submitted his completed first draft of the film’s script several days before the strike officially began. Superman: Legacy is currently slated to open in theaters on July 11, 2025.
Superman: Legacy Is a Tentpole of the New DC Universe
In October 2022, Gunn and Peter Safran were named co-chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Discovery’s restructured DC Studios. The two have been tasked with rebooting the DCU, formerly known as the DC Extended Universe. Superman: Legacy will be DC’s first film produced under the Gunn-Safran regime, with Gunn also writing and directing the feature. Legacy will follow a relatively young Superman during his early days living in Metropolis as he learns to reconcile his Earthly upbringing with his Kryptonian heritage.
Superman: Legacy serves as the first film in Chapter One of the new DCU, titled “Gods and Monsters.” Additional films that have been announced as part of “Gods and Monsters” include The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and Swamp Thing. Five streaming series have also been announced as part of the lineup — namely, Creature Commandos, Waller, Lanterns, Paradise Lost and Booster Gold. That said, Gunn has teased that “less than half” of the projects that make up the entirety of “Gods and Monsters” have been announced.
DC Studios’ Superman: Legacy opens in theaters on July 11, 2025.
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