James Gunn will direct Superman: Legacy
Superman: Legacy has found its director in the form of James Gunn.
The Guardians of the Galaxy director and Peter Safran were recently appointed in major roles at Warner Bros. to oversee DC Studios, with a massive shake-up in the vision of the DCEU and other properties expected.
The former will lead DC Studios from a creative standpoint, while Safran will focus on the business side of things.
The biggest decision that Gunn has made so far is to announce that Henry Cavill would not be reprising his role as Superman in any DC projects going forward, despite the character's return in Black Adam.
He subsequently announced that the next Superman movie will be titled Superman: Legacy, and he has now been confirmed as director.
Writing on Twitter, he said: "It's been a long road to this point. I didn’t have a way that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved.
"Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage - how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.
"So I chose to finally take on writing the script. But I was hesitant to direct, despite the constant pestering by Peter Safran and others to commit (sorry, Peter).
"Just because I write something doesn’t mean I feel it in my bones, visually and emotionally, enough to spend over two years directing it, especially not something of this magnitude.
"But, the long and the short of it is, I love this script, and I’m incredibly excited as we begin this journey. #UpUpandAway."
There have been no further announcements yet as to who could potentially play the Man of Steel.
Cavill responds to Superman news
Cavill previously responded to the news that he has been axed as Superman and while he is saddened at not donning the cape again, he says he understands there must be a "changing of the guard" at some point.
“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” Cavill posted on social media.
“I will, after all, not be returning as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life.
"The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes."