James Gunn has officially revealed the leading actors for his upcoming Superman: Legacy movie from the renewed DC cinematic universe. David Corenswet has been cast as the titular Man of Steel while Rachel Brosnahan is set to play Lois Lane, DC Studios announced yesterday.
Corenswet is best known for his breakout role in the Netflix series, The Politician. He also appeared in other notable television shows and movies such as House of Cards, Pearl and Look Both Ways. The actor is also set to star in the upcoming Twister sequel, Twisters. Meanwhile, Brosnahan appeared in House of Cards but is also known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Patriots Day and The Finest Hours, among others.
The official plot description of Superman: Legacy reads:
“Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman’s (Corenswet) journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.”
Gunn previously revealed that Corenswet was one of the contenders in the running to play Clark Kent, going up against Renfield and Warm Bodies actor Nicholas Hoult.
DC Studios is banking on James Gunn and Peter Safran’s revamped DC cinematic universe as a clean slate for a new, interconnected series of movies and television projects in the same vein as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Superman: Legacy will be the first movie to kickstart the new slate of DC projects under Gunn and Safran’s leadership. However, it’s unclear if Matt Reeves’ The Batman will also factor into this new universe or simply remain its own isolated series of movies like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
In related news, The Flash opened to moderate success at the box office on opening weekend but quickly bombed in the following week. Christian Bale also turned down a cameo to reprise his role as Batman in the movie, stating that he wouldn’t return as the character if Christopher Nolan wasn’t involved.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter