For years now, DC Comics fans have made it clear that they want to see the Man of Steel battle Brainiac on screen. In theaters, the iconic hero has squared off with the likes of General Zod, Steppenwolf, and even Batman, but is James Gunn finally going to pit Kal-El against the deadly Collector of Worlds in Superman: Legacy?
If a new rumour is to be believed, yes!
While we’re taking these claims with a pinch of salt for now, one of social media’s many scoopers appears to have unearthed some of the first major plot details for DC Studios’ upcoming reboot. As you can see below, it sounds like the Middle East will indeed be integral to this story and that Superman finds himself pulled into the global spotlight after attempting to retrieve missing Kryptonian technology which could hold the answers to his past.
We’re guessing Supes is either mistaken for a terrorist or believed to be an American super-weapon. Either way, it should give Gunn the opportunity to delve into the sort of worldwide consequences the emergence a being like this would have on global politics.
Still, the fact it’s supposedly Brainiac pulling the strings is what we know will excite you most, and we may be just a couple of years away from his long-awaited big screen debut. If this rumour is false, Gunn will be quick to debunk it; however, if he stays quiet - as he has with the Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman situation - this leaker is likely on to something.
In the comics, Brainiac is commonly depicted as a superintelligent android from the planet Colu who is obsessed with collecting all knowledge in the known universe. The villain was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, and debuted in 1958’s Action Comics #242
Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman's journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.
David Corenswet is playing the Man of Steel, while Rachel Brosnahan has been tapped to star as Lois Lane. other recent casting additions include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, and Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer.
Skyler Gisondo is rumoured to be playing Jimmy Olsen and we recently learned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell may be in the running for Jor-El.
Superman: Legacy is currently set to be released in theaters on July 11. 2025.