James Gunn Says Superman: Legacy Was In The Works Before Henry Cavill’s Return

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While DC fans have yet to move forward from Henry Cavill’s unceremonious exit from being DCU’s Man of Steel, new DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn has been under fire for taking the role out of Cavill’s hands. However, a new tweet from Gunn has just confirmed that that was not the case at all.

As Gunn revealed the new DCU slate set to begin in 2025 with a Superman reboot in mind. Gunn calls Superman: Legacy the “true beginning of the DCU” in which the new actor hired for the role is years younger than 39-year-old Cavill. Well, now the DC Studios head answered a fan question on Twitter, asking him to confirm whether the reboot existed before he and Peter Safran came in. Check out their replies below:


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With James Gunn confirming the rumor that he was hired to write Superman: Legacy over six months ago, this doesn’t quite explain why Cavill had to make his triumphant return as Superman in the post-credits scene of Black Adam in the first place. Unfortunately, Gunn has yet to respond to that.

At least the surface problem is somewhat extinguished. Cavill’s exit still remains unanswered, however, there is a new report indicating that The Witcher actor is being eyed as the next Spider-Man in Sony Pictures’ ever-expanding Spider-Man universe. If Cavill ever does get to jump to being an MCU hero instead, there’s a chance he would have a better, more stable future there.


Previously, Gunn did say that since he’s looking forward to a brand new cast for the DCU continuum to feel more effective, which could explain one point as to why Cavill had to go. With this new slate comes the new younger Superman he’s always dreamed of for DC Studios. For now, though, we’ll have to wait for Gunn or Safran to address the DC fans’ concern.

DC’s Superman: Legacy is currently slated for its theatrical release on July 11, 2025.