‘Superman: Legacy’ Screen Tests Underway as Decision Lingers

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By Black Widow

As Warner Bros. faces the underperformance of “The Flash,” all eyes are now on James Gunn and Peter Safran to deliver their inaugural film, “Superman: Legacy.”

With the weight of casting Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, the screen tests held on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank have generated anticipation. While the decision remains undisclosed, some details have surfaced regarding the actors involved in the tests.

Screen Tests for Clark Kent and Lois Lane for Superman: Legacy

Superman: Legacy

Director James Gunn organized screen tests over the weekend of June 17, featuring three actors and three actresses for the roles of Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. Pairs of actors, including Nicholas Hoult and Rachel Brosnahan, Tom Brittney and Phoebe Dynevor, and David Corenswet and Emma Mackey, were seen filming several scenes as Clark Kent and Lane.

On the second day, Hoult, Brittney, and Corenswet donned Superman costumes, while only Mackey reprised her role as Lane opposite the actors.

The Complex Search for Superman: Legacy

The search for the perfect Superman encompasses the need to portray a farmboy from Kansas, a big city reporter, and the iconic Man of Steel. Gunn’s back-to-basics approach requires a credible actor who can embody all aspects of the character. The casting process draws parallels to the testing for the lead role in 2011’s “Green Lantern,” where the decision ultimately hinged on the actor’s ability to don the mask successfully.

Next Steps and Future Casting for Superman: Legacy

Once decisions are made regarding Clark Kent and Lois Lane, Gunn will swiftly proceed with further casting, including the role of the villain Lex Luthor. Siblings Alexander and Bill Skarsgard have been mentioned as potential contenders.

Additionally, there are plans to cast other members of the supergroup called the Authority, as Superman joins a world where superheroes already exist.

Release Plans and Expectations:

Gunn aims to commence filming for “Superman: Legacy” in early 2024, with a targeted release date of July 11, 2025. The movie serves as a critical starting point for a fresh slate of DC character-based films after previous attempts faced challenges like box office failures and changes in studio ownership.

While expectations for upcoming DC releases like “Blue Beetle” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” vary, Gunn and Safran recognize the importance of generating enthusiasm and setting a strong foundation for future films and shows in the DC Universe.