Corenswet had been previously rumored as one of the top contenders for the role of Superman, alongside actors Nicholas Hoult, Jacob Elordi, Tom Brittney, and Andrew Richardson. Similarly, Brosnahan was among the names reportedly being considered for the role of Lois Lane, along with Phoebe Dynevor and Emma Mackey.
In a 2019 interview Corenswet expressed his aspiration to portray Superman, saying, “My pie-in-the-sky ambition is definitely to play Superman. I would love to see somebody do an upbeat, throwback [take on Superman]. I love the Henry Cavill dark and gritty take, but I would love to see the next one be very bright and optimistic.”
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Henry Cavill was the most recent actor to embody Clark Kent/Superman in DC’s film slate, starting with 2013’s “Man of Steel” and concluding with a cameo appearance in 2022’s “Black Adam.” Amy Adams portrayed Lois Lane during Cavill’s tenure.
Cavill had previously expressed his intentions to reprise the role, but Gunn and Peter Safran, the other cohead of DC, unveiled their new direction for the superhero movies. Cavill then shared the news with his fans that he would not be returning as Superman, attributing it to the discussions he had with Gunn and Safran.
Gunn clarified to the press that Henry Cavill was not fired but rather was never officially cast for the role in their upcoming project. Gunn also mentioned that this version of Superman would not be played by Cavill due to various reasons.
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The upcoming film, “Superman: Legacy,” which Gunn is directing and writing, will focus on a younger Clark Kent’s coming-of-age story. Announced in January, the film will depict Clark’s journey as he reconciles his Kryptonian heritage with his upbringing in Smallville, Kansas. Gunn referred to it as “the true beginning of the DCU.” “Superman: Legacy” will initiate the first phase of new DC storytelling on screen, known as “Gods and Monsters.” Its theatrical release is scheduled for July 11, 2025.