David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan Will Play Clark Kent and Lois Lane in James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy

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James Gunn has found his stars for Superman: Legacy, with David Corenswet having won the coveted role of Clark Kent, the alter ego of Kal-El/Superman, and Rachel Brosnahan joining him as the superhero’s long-time love interest, Lois Lane. This marks the first major leading role for Corenswet, who some say looks like a younger but far less muscly Henry Cavill, while Brosnahan should be no stranger to fans of shows that include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and House of Cards. Superman: Legacy is set for a worldwide release on July 11, 2025.

  • David Corenswet has been cast as Superman, and Rachel Brosnahan will play Lois Lane in James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy.
  • The casting decision was made after both actors tested successfully in front of DC co-chairs Peter Safran and James Gunn in full costume and makeup.
  • Warner Bros. may introduce both actors during next month’s San Diego Comic-Con, although a potential SAG-AFTRA strike could prevent this plan.
  • James Gunn will now focus on casting Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor and other supporting characters, such as Jimmy Olsen.
  • Superman: Legacy is the first film in the new DC universe, telling the “story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas.”

From a Deadline report:

The project was announced earlier this year when Gunn and Safran laid out their plan for the first phase of this revamped slate and Superman: Legacy was front and center as the project that would help launch this strategy. That presentation also included plans for a new Batman pic, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which recently tapped Andy Muschietti to direct; and The Authority.

For Corenswet, the film will mark his first major leading role in a major studio film having previously appeared in projects like Pearl, The Politician and We Own This City. From the start, his name has floated to the top and, following that final audition, sealed the deal on the biggest role of his career so far.

Brosnahan is coming off the final season of her career-making role in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which has earned a number of accolades including an Emmy win. She also has been at the top of the list of woman to play Lois Lane following what many have described as the best audition of the process.

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