June 12, 2024

Actors Who Could Play Superman: A Fresh Face for the DCEU

The next Superman movie, titled "Superman: Legacy," is set to release in 2025. This film marks a fresh start for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) under the guidance of James Gunn, best known for directing the "Guardians of the Galaxy" trilogy.

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James Gunn's Direction and Tone

James Gunn will take the helm as director for "Superman: Legacy." Gunn has indicated that the tone of the movie will differ significantly from his previous works, promising fans a fresh and unique take on the iconic superhero.

Casting Changes

Henry Cavill's Departure

Henry Cavill, who first played Superman in "Man of Steel" (2013), will not reprise his role in the new movie. This decision marks a significant shift as fans had grown accustomed to Cavill’s portrayal of the beloved character.

David Corenswet as the New Superman

David Corenswet has been confirmed to portray Clark Kent/Superman. At 29 years old and standing 6ft 4, Corenswet brings a fresh face and a youthful energy to the role, which aligns with the DCEU's new direction.

Fan Reactions and Actor Speculations

Fan Reactions

Some DC fans were disappointed by the decision to replace Cavill, but they understand the reasoning: Cavill, turning 40 in 2023, would be in his 50s if a 10-year plan for the DCEU is implemented.

Actors Considered for the Role

Beyond Corenswet, several actors were considered for Superman, each bringing distinct qualities and fan approval:

  • Wolfgang Novogratz: Near the right height and compared to Christopher Reeve.
  • Pierson Fodé: At 31 years old, fits the profile and has been considered a strong contender.
  • Jace Norman: At 22, the youngest on the list; known for Nickelodeon's "Henry Danger."
  • Jacob Elordi: Star of "Euphoria," aged 25 and standing 6ft 5, fitting the physical profile perfectly.
  • Nicholas Hoult: Previously played Beast in "X-Men," aged 33 and 6ft 3.
  • Adam DiMarco: Known from "The White Lotus," standing at 5ft 11.
  • Aaron Taylor Johnson: 32 years old, known from "Kick-Ass" and "Age of Ultron," but stands at 5ft 10.
  • Austin Butler: 32 years old, played Elvis, standing at 5ft 11.
  • Nicholas Joseph Braun: "Succession" star and tallest candidate at 6ft 7, aged 34.
  • Liam Hemsworth: 32 years old, 6ft 3, recently cast as Geralt in "Witcher."
  • Will Sharpe: Known from "White Lotus," aged 36 and 5ft 8.
  • Will Poulter: On the "Guardians" director's radar, aged 29 and 6ft 2.
  • Michael B. Jordan: A potential Superman candidate for a different project, aged 35 and 5ft 10.

Engagement and Audience Participation

The decision to cast David Corenswet as the new Superman has prompted much discussion and anticipation. Indeed, fan engagement, through comments and votes on potential actors for Superman and other key characters, adds a dynamic and interactive element to the ongoing conversation about the future of the DCEU.

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