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James Gunn: New Superman actor announcement not forthcoming

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Casting rumors for James Gunn’s new Superman movie have been swirling around social media, but none of that is true considering the writer-director and new DC Studios boss says he’s sitting down to write the script. Gunn took to Twitter to dismiss a user’s claim that “Euphoria” actor Jacob Elordi was rumored to be the new Superman in the DC Universe.

“I don’t think anyone has been cast as Superman yet,” Gunn responded. “Casting, as is almost always the case with me, happens after the script is finished or close to completion, and not that. We’ll be announcing a few things before too long, but the casting of Superman won’t be one of them.”

Gunn and Peter Safran are in charge of the DC Universe as head of DC Studios and are currently developing a 10-year plan for an interconnected story that will span movies, television and video games. The duo have already confirmed that their overhauled DC Universe will not include Henry Cavill’s return as Superman, as Gunn’s Superman movie focuses on a younger iteration of the character, and will also not feature Dwayne Johnson’s return as Black Adam. Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 3” has also been canceled, though it’s unclear if Gal Gadot will continue as Wonder Woman.

While other details about the new DC Universe have been kept under wraps, Gunn continues to tease that the first round of announcements will come “in a very long time.” Whenever they do, the new Superman actor won’t be in the news.

diversity It was reported in December that Gunn was writing a new Superman movie. The writer-director isn’t developing an origin story, but he shared that “our story will focus on the earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character won’t be played by Henry Cavill.” The script will focus on the character’s life as a kid reporter in the fictional city of Metropolis. Audiences will see her meet key characters like co-star Lois Lane, insiders added.

“We know we’re not going to please every single person every step of the way,” Gunn later wrote on Twitter about his DC Universe overhaul. “But we can promise that everything we do is in service of the story and in service of the DC characters we know you cherish and have cherished our entire lives.”

While Gunn and Safran are mapping out their own DC Universe, whatever plans they come up with won’t interfere with the Batverse that filmmaker Matt Reeves is creating. Reeves’ parallel universe began with his Robert Pattinson-starrer “The Batman” and will continue with “The Penguin” series on HBO’s Max and Pattinson-centric film sequels. Reeves recently confirmed that he has set up a meeting with Gunn and Safran to go into their separate universes so they don’t “crash” together and “support each other”.

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