Superman: Legacy writer/director James Gunn recently vetoed a handful of songs from appearing in the upcoming DC Universe film.
Gunn recently replied to several fans on Bluesky Social (via ComicBook.com and SuperHeroHype) who had asked the fan-favorite filmmaker if certain Superman-inspired songs would be featured on the official soundtrack for Legacy. One fan was hoping for David Bowie’s “Starman” — which was recently featured in a viral video of a Superman cosplayer helping people in real life — to be included in the film. In his response, Gunn stated that the frequent use of the song in fan-created Superman videos is “One of the reasons I wouldn’t use it (after being asked hundreds of times to use it for the past ten years in Guardians.” Other songs Gunn officially vetoed on Bluesky include “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down, “Superman” by Taylor Swift, “Superman” by Goldfinger, “Superman” by Eminem and “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan.
After Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash failed to set the box office on fire, the pressure is on for Gunn’s Superman: Legacy, and the forthcoming DC Universe as a whole, to get movie-goers once again interested in DC properties that aren’t Batman-related. Gunn has touted Superman: Legacy as the official start of the new shared universe while the forthcoming Blue Beetle film — despite being developed under the old DC Films regime — has the “first DCU character,” Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle.
Superman: Legacy Won’t Retell the Man of Steel’s Origins
Unlike 1978’s Superman and 2013’s Man of Steel, Superman: Legacy will not show audiences how Kal-El escaped Krypton, arrived on Earth and was adopted and raised by his Kansas parents, Ma and Pa Kent. “I think we’ve seen his origin enough in film at this time!” Gunn recently confirmed on Bluesky Social. Instead, the film reboot has been described as a “workplace origin story,” leading many fans to assume that Legacy will focus on Superman’s civilian identity as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent just as much as it does on the Man of Steel himself.
Who Is Playing the Big Blue Boy Scout?
After Warner Bros. and DC Studios screen-tested several actors for the titular role in June 2023, David Corenswet — who is best known for his roles in the TV series The Politician and the horror film Pearl — emerged victorious as the DCU’s Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. He is so far joined by Rachel Brosnahan, who is on board to play the Man of Steel’s love interest, Lois Lane. No other characters for Superman: Legacy have been cast yet at this time, although there is reportedly a shortlist for Lex Luthor, which includes siblings Alexander Skarsgård (Succession) and Bill Skarsgård (John Wick: Chapter 4).
Superman: Legacy opens in theaters on July 11, 2025.
Source: Bluesky Social, via ComicBook.com and SuperHeroHype