James Gunn seeks Superman with ‘humanity’ and hug appeal


James Gunn , the director of the upcoming DC Studios movie “ Superman:Legacy ,” has revealed that the production is still considering potential actors for the lead role.

Marc Malkin on the red carpet for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Gunn shared that they are currently considering “some really great choices.”

Gunn explained the qualities he is seeking in the next Superman, stating that the actor must possess the humanity and compassion that the character is known for, while also portraying his alien nature. “It’s gotta be somebody who you want to give a hug,” he added.

Despite rumors that “Guardians” star Chris Pratt might be considered for the role, Gunn confirmed that it won’t be him. He joked that Pratt might have been a contender if he were a few years younger.

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Gunn has been attached to “Superman: Legacy” since December 2022 as a writer, and was later confirmed as the film’s director in March 2023. He recently announced that the film’s production design and costumes are now underway.

In addition to discussing the casting process, Gunn was also joined on the red carpet by MCU actors Pom Klementieff and Will Poulter , who teased whether or not they would be interested in joining Gunn for his DC venture.

Klementieff expressed her interest in crossing over to the DC world and has already had conversations with Gunn, but did not reveal which character she might be playing.

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Poulter, on the other hand, intends to stay with Marvel and has not yet considered auditioning for the role of Superman.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” directed by Gunn, is set to hit theaters next week and stars a star-studded cast including Pratt, Klementieff, Poulter, Zoe Saldaña , Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista , Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Iwuji, Maria Bakalova, and Elizabeth Debicki.

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