After a long, and quite public, process the new Superman and Lois Lane were finally announced in the form of David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan. Then the cast of James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy grew exponentially with the unexpected announcements of a whole raft of supporting roles.
Shortly after came a bunch of announcements for people in supporting roles including Dora The Explorer star Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Gunn favorite Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho.
Then the strikes hit, and everything went quiet. No auditions could be held. No line readings. Even sitting at home and reading a script could mean you fell foul of the unions. Roles such as Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, and Lex Luthor went completely unfilled… or at least, unannounced.
In a recent post on Threads, James Gunn has confirmed that once those strikes are over things will move fast.
He was directly asked by a fan:
“Do you have your finger on the trigger waiting to announce more Legacy castings as soon as the strike ends?”
Gunn confirmed that he does. We do know that Gunn’s take on Luthor is expected to be quite different to those seen before. The Lex role was labeled as “Apex” for auditions. This could be a cover, or it could refer to an iteration of Lex that appeared in the comics – Apex Lex Luthor. Lex obtained powers that made him a match for several super beings, including the power to wield the seven dark energies of the universe. He also obtained the ability to travel between realities. Basically – he could skip between multiverses.
Suddenly the pieces start to fall into place. The Flash unveiled the DC multiverse. We know that the different iterations of DC exist side-by-side across this multiverse, as we saw via the “chronobowl” sequence and multiple Batmen. We also know that there are pretty strong rumors out there that some versions of the Snyderverse characters may make the jump to the new DCU.
Could a multiverse-skipping version of Superman’s greatest adversary somehow be the key to unlocking all this and introducing us to the new DC reality? It would make some kind of sense.
Filming on Superman: Legacy is expected to get underway as soon as the strikes clear and things spin up. Filming will take place in the UK and Atlanta. A July 11th 2025 release is currently set.