James Gunn’s ‘SUPERMAN’ Gets New Title, Shield Emblem Revealed

James Gunn, the co-CEO of DC Studios, has made a significant announcement regarding the DC Universe’s inaugural film. Initially titled Superman: Legacy, the movie will now simply go by SUPERMAN. Gunn shared this update on Instagram, coinciding with Superman’s birthday on 29 February, marking the start of principal photography for the film.

In his post, Gunn expressed his excitement, noting the serendipitous timing of the filming’s commencement. He explained the evolution of the film’s title, stating, “When I finished the first draft of the script, I called the film Superman: Legacy. By the time I locked the final draft, it was clear the title was SUPERMAN.”

The Superman emblem showcased in the photo also sparked considerable speculation among enthusiasts. Initially, there was anticipation that the logo might draw inspiration from the iconic Kingdom Come series by DC Comics. This expectation was fueled by Isabela Merced, cast as Hawkgirl, who posted an Instagram story of her script place card adorned with a Superman logo. However, the actual logo Gunn revealed closely aligns with the classic Superman symbol, maintaining a more traditional aesthetic.

Superman placecard

Set to release on 11 July 2025, SUPERMAN promises a fresh start for the DCU. Gunn aims to forge a connection with the 1978 classic starring Christopher Reeve while taking a new direction by omitting the well-known origin story. This approach signifies a return to the essence of the character and the superhero genre.

David Corenswet will don the cape as the Man of Steel, with Rachel Brosnahan playing Lois Lane, Superman’s love interest. Nicholas Hoult has also joined the cast as the infamous Lex Luthor, a role for which he has already undergone a significant physical transformation.

The cast recently gathered for a table read, capturing a moment that Gunn shared on social media. The photo featured Corenswet, Brosnahan, Hoult, and other key cast members, offering fans a glimpse into the camaraderie and excitement building around the project.

With SUPERMAN as a cornerstone, Gunn and co-CEO Peter Safran are crafting a new vision for the DCU, including films like Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, Swamp Thing, and The Brave and the Bold. This first chapter of the DC Universe, titled Gods and Monsters, sets the stage for a reimagined universe that could rival other superhero franchises.

SUPERMAN opens in cinemas on 11 July 2025.