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DC Comics’ recent film adaptations have faced a bumpy ride, with movies like “Black Adam,” “Shazam: Fury of the Gods,” and “The Flash” receiving mixed reviews and disappointing box office results. To turn their luck around, Warner Bros. is relying on co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran, who are tasked with revitalizing the on-screen projects of this legendary comic brand. The official casting of David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan in the upcoming film “Superman: Legacy,” which Gunn will write and direct, marks a promising step in that direction.

Variety confirmed the casting news after weeks of speculation surrounding the lead roles in “Legacy,” which will be Superman’s first solo big-screen film since 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Corenswet secured the role of Clark Kent, beating out competitors such as Nicholas Hoult and Tom Brittney, while Brosnahan emerged as Lois Lane, triumphing over Emma Mackey and Phoebe Dynevor. Gunn’s ability to blend heartfelt emotion with witty humor, showcased in his “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy, makes him a suitable choice to helm a Superman movie. The casting decisions indicate that Gunn has a solid understanding of the characters’ needs, aligning with the film’s inspiration from Grant Morrison’s renowned “All-Star Superman” run.

While this will be Corenswet’s most significant role to date, he has already gained experience through his work with Ryan Murphy in “The Politician” and “Hollywood,” as well as in David Simon’s exceptional limited series “We Own This City.” He has also been cast in the upcoming sequel to the ’90s classic film “Twister” and will star alongside Natalie Portman in the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake.” Corenswet’s charismatic energy makes him a natural fit for the role of Clark Kent, regardless of the direction “Legacy” takes. Interestingly, playing Superman has always been a dream role for him, as he once described it as a “pie in the sky” opportunity with untapped potential.

On the other hand, Brosnahan is a more familiar face in the industry, having won an Emmy for her performance in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and currently appearing alongside Oscar Isaac in “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” on Broadway. Her portrayal of Lois Lane is expected to be a modern-day blend, drawing inspiration from her Maisel character’s strength and charisma combined with the resourcefulness and wit typically associated with Lois in the comics.

The next crucial role to be cast is that of the villainous Lex Luthor, previously portrayed by notable actors such as Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg. Rumors suggest that both Alexander and Bill Skarsgård, as well as Nicholas Hoult, who was initially linked to the Luthor role before being considered for Superman, could be in the running.

“Superman: Legacy” is set to hit theaters on July 11, 2025, and fans are eagerly awaiting this fresh take on the beloved superhero, hoping it will mark a turning point for DC Comics’ cinematic ventures.

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