Trunks or no trunks? That’s the question James Gunn fan-Twitter asked after the reveal Superman: Legacy, the upcoming relaunch of the Man of Steel. Gunn is writing and producing the reboot for DC Studios, which he leads with co-chairman Peter Safran, as the first film of their new DC Universe. Inspired by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s critically acclaimed All Star Superman run, legacy introduces a hopeful and youthful Kal-El/Clark Kent: Batman vs Superman and Justice League star Henry Cavill, 39, is not reprising the character following his post-credits cameo last year Black Adamand the role will be recast.
But what does the new Superman suit look like? On Wednesday, Gunn tweeted a poll: “Trunks or No Trunks?” Nearly half a million users voted for the classic cases (59.3%) over the more modern caseless look (40.7%). In a subsequent tweet, Gunn clarified that the poll is “just for fun. We’re not going to decide whether Superman has trunks or no trunks based on an extremely non-scientific Twitter poll.”
By the way, this is for fun. We’re not going to decide whether Superman has trunks or no trunks based on some extremely unscientific Twitter poll.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 1, 2023
During a slate presentation Monday, Gunn and Safran mentioned All Star Superman as their inspiration for Superman: Legacy. “I am a big fan of All Star Supermanand it is very inspired by All Star Superman,” Gunn said, noting that legacy is neither an origin story nor one Star amendment. Still, Morrison’s self-described “timeless” take on the mythos depicts a classic Superman – briefcase and all.
After DCs New 52 relaunch in 2011 and 2013 Man of Steel Superman stripped of his strongman inspired red swimsuit, legacy could be the first time since 2006 Superman is coming back that a live-action movie Superman wears the unabashedly classic costume (as seen in Star).
All Star Superman – along with Morrison’s Batman run that reinvented the Dark Knight, Tom King’s Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrowand Alan Moore’s Swamp thing – are among the comic books that inspired the first chapter of the DCU. “That doesn’t mean we adapt all of these comics,” Gunn tweeted, “but that the feel, look, or tone of them are benchmarks for our team.”
There is a lot of talk about Woman of Tomorrow, but these are more inspirational comics #DCStudios and the new #DCU in these early days. That doesn’t mean we adapt all of these comics, but that the feel, look or tone of them are benchmarks for our team. Check them out! pic.twitter.com/34KrVPeEL5
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 2, 2023
“It’s not an origin story,” Safran said Superman: Legacy. “It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the epitome of truth, justice, and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks kindness is old-fashioned.”
As for Gunn – who isn’t committed to directing legacyalthough that may change – The suicide squad and Peacekeeper filmmaker described the kind of Superman who would wear an old fashioned super suit.
“I really like the idea of Superman. He’s a big old galoot. He’s a Kansas farm boy who’s very idealistic,” Gunn said. “His biggest weakness is that he’ll never kill anyone, won’t hurt a living soul. And I love that kind of innate goodness about Superman as his defining characteristic.”
Superman: Legacy is scheduled to open in theaters on July 11, 2025.
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