DC Studios Co-Chair James Gunn Provides A Clue For How To Tell If A Casting Rumor Is True

DC Studios Co-Chair James Gunn Provides A Clue For How To Tell If A Casting Rumor Is True DC Studios Co-Chair James Gunn Provides A Clue For How To Tell If A Casting Rumor Is True

With a very ambitious upcoming film slate that kicks off with Superman: Legacy, DC Studios co-chair James Gunn shares how to tell if a casting rumor has a shot at being true.

By MarkJulian - Nov 27, 2023 08:11 PM EST
Filed Under: Superman: Legacy
Source: James Gunn Threads

If you thought the rumors swirling around the casting of James Gunn's Superman: Legacy were a whirlwind just wait until the DCU kicks off in earnest.

As a soft reboot of the DCEU, the DCU features an ambitious film slate that includes:

  • Superman: Legacy
  • The Authority
  • The Brave and the Bold
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
  • Swamp Thing

On the television side, highly-anticipated projects include:

  • Creature Commandos
  • Waller
  • Lanterns
  • Paradise Lost
  • Booster Gold
  • Peacemaker Season 2

As you can see, the casting news for Superman: Legacy is just the tip of the iceberg and rumors will be coming fast and furious in 2024 as the rest of the projects get underway.

Within one film alone, the budding cinematic universe has already cast Superman (David Corenswet), a Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), Mr. Terrific (Edi Gathegi), Hawkgirl (Isabela Merced), Metamorpho (Anthony Carrigan), and a member of The Authority (María Gabriela de Faría). 

In addition, Blue Beetle star Xolo Maridueña will be making the leap to the new cinematic universe along with John Cena's Peacemaker and Viola Davis' Amanda Waller.

Over on Threads, James Gunn shared with his followers the very first thing they should check when trying to decide if a rumor is true.

"I get asked about rumors of various actors being cast in various roles every day. Just a blanket rule to keep in mind while assessing whether these rumors have any truth to them (99% of the time they’re false) - we are never going to cast roles without scripts."

Most of the aforementioned projects don't have screenwriters attached just yet so don't believe any casting rumors.

The exceptions are Swamp Thing (James Mangold writing and directing), Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (Ana Nogueira is writing) and Waller (Christal Henry & Jeremy Carver are serving as showrunners). Of course, Peacemaker season 2 is also being overseen by Gunn, who served as showrunner prior to his promotion at Warner Bros.

Currently set for release on July 11, 2025, Superman: Legacy is the first film in Gunn's reboot of the DCEU.

That means DC fans will have an excruciatingly long, two-year wait to see if Gunn's incredibly ambitious vision for the new cinematic universe pans out. Do you think the DCU reboot was the right way to go or do you think Warner Bros. Discovery should have attempted to fix the DCUE? Let us know in the comment section below.

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santoanderson - 11/27/2023, 8:38 PM
I thought the James Gunn rumor rule was “If Grace Randolph says it, it’s bullshit.”
bobevanz - 11/27/2023, 9:11 PM
@santoanderson - that's just common knowledge lol
DannRamm113 - 11/27/2023, 8:39 PM
Hey, um, Gunn isn't writing and directing Swamp Thing? (Unless James Mangold dropped from the project)
Rmcbride7349 - 11/27/2023, 8:41 PM
@DannRamm113 - was about to comment the same thing. Gunn is definitely not attached to write or direct anything besides Superman
TheVisionary25 - 11/27/2023, 8:40 PM
Thanks James for that…

Honestly feel like a lot of these casting rumors are just some fans wishful thinking or fancasts that they try to pass off as “real”.
LSHF - 11/27/2023, 10:22 PM
@TheVisionary25 - And businesses that stand to profit from clickbait.
TheHummus - 11/27/2023, 8:40 PM
Gunn is writing and directing Superman legacy (I’m sure that was an error). Swamp thing I believe is getting a treatment from James mangold, who will likely direct it too if the script gets picked up
DocSpock - 11/27/2023, 8:41 PM

So I'm sure this will stop Josh from posting obviously fake rumor articles from now on.

Whew! I'm glad that's taken care of.

GeneralZod - 11/27/2023, 9:11 PM
@DocSpock - on a serious note, traffic here on the site will be at rock bottom next year. Very little content from the three CB studios, and now Gunn calling bullshit on a preemptive basis for the next 9 months easily.
DocSpock - 11/27/2023, 10:12 PM
@GeneralZod -

You got that right man.

LSHF - 11/27/2023, 10:23 PM
@DocSpock - Not the Klickbait King!
GeneralChaos - 11/28/2023, 10:22 AM
@GeneralZod - Are you kidding? This site will fill the gap with rumors about what's to come in 2025 and beyond.
KaptainKhaos - 11/27/2023, 8:51 PM
James Gunn is a member here and is tired of all the Twitterbot spam posts 🤣
HulkisHoly - 11/28/2023, 9:33 AM
@KaptainKhaos -

Tufasrox - 11/27/2023, 9:04 PM
This is the last set of comic book movies I'm excited for. I've lost faith in the MSHEU. Might get a semi for Deadpool but after that blah.
PartyKiller - 11/27/2023, 9:04 PM
With the MCU dead, WB has no more Marvel gold to chase. After Superman Legacy fails, WB will abandon it's dream of having their own MCU and they'll shift focus Barbie and other IPs that are less of a headache.

Most of Gunn's Pedoverse slate will never be made.
GhostDog - 11/27/2023, 9:04 PM
Josh and MyTimeToShineHello reading this as they prep their next rumored casting posts
bobevanz - 11/27/2023, 9:11 PM
@GhostDog - and the toast, and rpk lol the legion of fools
braunermegda - 11/27/2023, 9:05 PM
Wow, so hopefully now the rumours articles on this shithole will drop to zero
Reeds2Much - 11/27/2023, 9:09 PM
A Clue For How To Tell If A Casting Rumor Is True

The person shows up in the movie.
bobevanz - 11/27/2023, 9:10 PM
Time for some real content right?

vectorsigma - 11/27/2023, 9:11 PM
Marvel is in trouble if they continue their mediocre outputs. It is DCs time now with Gunn leading
Pukasdcmarvel - 11/27/2023, 9:15 PM
Who's the artist for the image used for the article??
AnthonyVonGeek - 11/27/2023, 9:31 PM
Or…. Gunn can just ignore “internet fan rumors” and focus on the quality of his projects 🤷‍♂️
marvel72 - 11/27/2023, 9:35 PM
I can't wait to see Swamp Thing, Lanterns,Superman:Legacy, Peacemaker Season 2 and The Brave And The Bold

Maybe Creature Commandos.
Forthas - 11/27/2023, 10:17 PM
Most of these films and shows will never happen.
AmazingFILMporg - 11/27/2023, 10:57 PM
@Forthas -

Gunn is going to pivot like feige is doing.

Gunns slate will flop hard and I really hope he realizes that. He needs to stick to the A team. Wonder woman, Batman and Superman first.💁
Forthas - 11/27/2023, 11:02 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - I think Gunn drinks his own Kool Aid. He probably believes it was his genius that made the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise a success when it was the strength of the Marvel brand. I think he is in for a rude awakening. The Suicide Squad was a hint at what is to come.
AmazingFILMporg - 11/27/2023, 11:16 PM
@Forthas -

Holy [frick]😐......

Discovery wb is doing a lot worse than I thought 😬...

God damn😳
Forthas - 11/27/2023, 11:20 PM


I can't believe he is not trying to get some other company to bail him out. It seems like he is on a ticking clock countdown and has to deliver by 2027!
AmazingFILMporg - 11/27/2023, 11:30 PM
@Forthas -

Only 3 years until 2027 and no way he turns the ship around that fast. Literally has zero franchises.

DC is a gamble.

Harry Potter head is unknown.

Matrix is done.

Loony tunes is gone.

The IP they have is enormous but none of it's set up to succeed by 2027.

He is [frick]ed😬
Forthas - 11/27/2023, 11:43 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - I agree he can't turn things around based on the talent ...or lack of that he has surrounded himself with. Too bad Chris Nolan left WB or they would have had Barbie AND Oppenheimer money.
CorndogBurglar - 11/28/2023, 7:51 AM
@Forthas - It tool both, man. Sure, it was Marvel's success that got people interested in watching a movie with a talking racoon and tree. But let's not pretend that it wasn't a good movie due to Gunn.
Forthas - 11/28/2023, 8:07 AM
@CorndogBurglar - I did not think the movie was as good as people made it out to be. I would not call it a classic. It was a fun entertaining film. But it clashed with everything I wanted from Marvel. It also introduced the slapstick comedy that infected both Marvel and DC and everyone is paying the price for it.
CorndogBurglar - 11/28/2023, 9:03 AM
@Forthas - Thats Marvel's fault though. Not Gunn's. Guardians should be a somewhat goofy/comical film.

Marvel should have had the common sense to know that not all of their movies should be like that. Each character should have their own tone.
Forthas - 11/28/2023, 11:13 AM
@CorndogBurglar - That is Marvels fault for not course correcting. Is it not interesting that NONE of the Guardian of the Galaxy films ever reached one billion dollars in a franchise that recently was averaging that per film.
CorndogBurglar - 11/28/2023, 2:19 PM
@Forthas - I wouldn't say so. Not every MCU film was hitting a billion. I think that's a common misconception. Out of 33 movies, 10 have made over a billion. And those are spread over all 3 phases. 3 or 4 are from phase 3. A few from Phase 2. And 1 from phase 1.

Guardians is actually of the more consistently high tickets selling franchises marvel had. All 3 of their movies bade between $773 million and $870 million.

All 3 of the Guardians movies out-performed about half of all Marvel's movies. That's very respectable.

In fact, out of the 10 movies that were hitting a billion, 5 of them were the Avengers films. (I count Civil War as an Avengers film, because let's face it, it is.) 2 were Spider-Man films, one was Captain Marvel (which they made everyone think was a must-watch movie leading into End Game), Iron Man 3 (the final film in the most popular character's series), and Black Panther.

So really, only 5 movies outside of Avengers made over a billion.

Guardians earnings are very, very good.
DTor91 - 11/27/2023, 11:08 PM
Dude, this is the second article I see with this…..you’re posting on a comic movie site. You have at least a century’s worth of art of these iconic characters to pull from for the header.

Why are you using AI?
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