SUPERMAN Set Photos Appear To Confirm The Movie Will Feature An Alien Villain - Possible SPOILERS

SUPERMAN Set Photos Appear To Confirm The Movie Will Feature An Alien Villain - Possible SPOILERS

The latest round of Superman set photos aren't quite as exciting as the previous batch, but they do appear to confirm that a spaceship will land outside The Daily Planet. Find more details right here...

By JoshWilding - Jun 22, 2024 09:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Superman: Legacy

The transformation of Cleveland into Metropolis for Superman appears to be complete, with an entire street now featuring stores and bars boasting various nods to the wider DC Universe. 

We've also caught sight of newspapers with David Coresnwet's Man of Steel doing his thing as the city's protector. In recent days, debris has slowly been added to the street and we're hearing that cameras will start rolling on Monday (meaning we're likely to get a first look at Superman and the cast in action next week).

Surprisingly, we may even get to see the reboot's big bad. 

While Nicholas Hoult will play Lex Luthor, it's still unclear whether he'll don a Power Suit to go toe-to-toe with the Kryptonian. The first teaser image for the movie featured a bizarre alien globe in the background many fans believe could be Warworld, the ship which belongs to Mongul. 

Now, a large set of stairs has been erected on the street, with the idea clearly being to show someone or something emerging from a ship which will be added with VFX down the line. That's evident from the fact the steps are metal and a fan mentioning that there are lights within what looks to be a doorway. 

The question is, why is this ship landing outside The Daily Planet and what is that going to mean for Clark Kent/Kal-El's secret identity?

DC Studios and James Gunn have been so careful up until this point that we'd imagine they'll go to great lengths to stop any leaks so only time will tell how much we eventually see. However, the presence of an alien ship does seem to suggest rumours about Ultraman were false.

Take a closer look at the latest Superman set photos below and let us know what you think in the comments section.  

Superman 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.

The cast includes 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.

Supporting characters include Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Wendell Pierce as Perry White, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Pa Kent, Neva Howell as Ma Kent, Beck Bennett as Steve Lombard, Mikaela Hoover as Cat Grant, Christopher MacDonald as Ron Troupe, and Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor.

Milly Alcock is also expected to make a cameo appearance as Supergirl before taking flight in her own movie, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

Superman is currently set to be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 9:12 AM
I'd be so hyped to see Mongul. I wouldn't mind seeing Clark tassel with a mid level villain maybe midway through the film like Metallo or Parasite too.
lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 9:13 AM
maybe that is why his suit looks battered as Mongul is arriving for the last act.
bkmeijer1 - 6/22/2024, 10:14 AM
@lazlodaytona - think Mongul would be a pretty cool endgame villain for Chapter 1, so I'm kinda hoping they're saving him for JL
lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 10:23 AM
@bkmeijer1 - can't disagree
Apophis71 - 6/22/2024, 10:59 AM
@lazlodaytona - Would be cool to have Warmoon ominously in orbit above Earth and a pod this size sets down outside the Daily planet and an 8 foot tall Mongul steps out although does feel a tad too big of a villain for a fist film and likely better left for a Justice league one instead.
soberchimera - 6/22/2024, 12:05 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Naw, Mongul has always been more of a Superman antagonist in the comics than a JL one. They literally just had a massive Warworld Saga in Action Comics.
Mrtoke - 6/22/2024, 1:02 PM
@lazlodaytona - incorporate warworld or leave him out.
bkmeijer1 - 6/22/2024, 1:08 PM
@soberchimera - that is true. Think he poses a threat to the whole Earth so, so it's easy to scale him up to a JL villain.

And I rather see them use Mongal or villain of his stature first instead of jumping straight into Crisis or Darkseid.
soberchimera - 6/22/2024, 2:34 PM
@bkmeijer1 - I think Despero fits the bill better for a JL level threat for a first film, or they could do Crime Syndicate and save money on casting.
bkmeijer1 - 6/22/2024, 4:05 PM
@soberchimera - I like those choices a lot too. Crisis on Two Earths could be fun
lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 7:39 PM
@Apophis71 - I'd be ok with it if they had Mongul here, then save Brainiac for JL1, similar to what JLU season 1 did with their season finales, and then Darkseid for JL2.

Down the road Emperor Joker who conned Mxy into giving him 90% of his power and dominating the crap out of the JL....especially torturing Batman and Superman has to figure out a way to best the Joker with his powers lessened.

Down the road the Sinestro Corps War and so on. Eventually Doomsday will need to be addressed but I hope they show him dominating the rest of the JL before Supes arrives for them to kill each other.

there are SO many storylines available the new DCU could have a two-decade slate of great film and television.
lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 7:48 PM
Oh, and the Elite, Crime Syndicate, Zod and a few other Kryptonians, City of Kandor, the 4 other Superman after Supe's death (especially Hankshaw), Bizzaro, Silver Banshee, Black Adam and Shazam!, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Flashpoint, Hal Jordan killing almost the entire Corps, Batman's use of tech (can't remember what they're called), Superman meets Supergirl, Young Justice, hopefully Amazo like how they treated him in JL/JLU, Vandall Savage, Toyman, and so on and so on and so on.....
lazlodaytona - 6/22/2024, 7:57 PM
@Mrtoke - why do you say that? Maybe Supes gets kidnapped at the end of the film being taken to Warworld and leave us on a cliffhanger.
Could give Supergirl's film more room to breathe if Supe's isn't around to guide and over-protect her.
Mrtoke - 6/22/2024, 8:16 PM
@lazlodaytona - the existence of it would merely suffice
The1st - 6/24/2024, 8:30 AM
@bkmeijer1 - They could always just tease him for a few moments towards the end, ala Darkseid and his infamous that is who I am moment from the OG Superman show...that would be dope. Interest to see what Gunn does in the kitchen though, it feels like a passion project.

bkmeijer1 - 6/24/2024, 9:39 AM
@The1st - think Gunn is gonna pull from that show's era, so I could see that happen
Apophis71 - 6/22/2024, 9:23 AM
@jerryblake - How? The guy in the cherry picker next to it is only a third the size of the opening of the 'tent' at most, lol. Could just be a landing pod from a far bigger spacecraft however if more talking about how much room to walk around in etc whilst travelling long distances in space but it seems a lot bigger than some versions in film/TV adaptions of the pod Superman was sent from Krypton in I think but impossible to say for certain till the CGI is added in post.
jerryblake - 6/22/2024, 9:50 AM
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Apophis71 - 6/22/2024, 10:00 AM
@jerryblake - I mean yeh, could see why for some characters it could be too small but it would be big enough for a landing pod for someone as big as say Darkseid (8'9") down to standard human size I'd say but we don't REALY know if that tent is the limit of the size of the full CGI craft or not.
RegularPoochie - 6/22/2024, 10:26 AM
@Apophis71 - you don't need a big fricking ship, it will ne more "terrifying" if the big bad just comes there wit some little ship, comes out and Superman gets his ass handed to him first, lmfao.
Apophis71 - 6/22/2024, 10:44 AM
@RegularPoochie - For a landing pod how big does it need to be however as much bigger there wouldn't be enough room to set down and allow room for action around it, lol. I mean it all realy depends on the narrative of a moment in a film and get that a HUGE ship is more 'scary' but for something filmed in an actual city location set that isn't likely to be where that would occur and if it was would be FULL CGI in the void not location set filming.

Bigger isn't always better and doesn't always fit a narrative is the point and the total height of that tent is likely at minimum 5 times that of Superman. There could also be a CGI ship 100 times the sizes of that just above the rooftops, or FAR bigger than that this is shown to descend from and only one of dozens of huge ships sending down landing pods, we just don't know yet.

I've oft seen BTS where you have a tent that size and it is only for the small part that extends down from the bottom of a much larger ship but all of the larger ship it is still attached to is added in post.
RegularPoochie - 6/22/2024, 2:07 PM
@Apophis71 - Yes, that's kinda my point. I just ment that the smaller åod makes the baddie more "scary" that he just comes down, beat Supes ass and leaves. Of course the full big final is much bigger in scale. They can use it like "oh her is Superman for the resque, because everybody knows how strong he is and the villain just murk him straight up.
Apophis71 - 6/22/2024, 7:48 PM
@RegularPoochie - Yup that sorta thing could work well :D
jerryblake - 6/22/2024, 9:16 AM
Realy small antagonist

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HermanM - 6/22/2024, 9:19 AM
I think Lex is just the big bad guy.
bkmeijer1 - 6/22/2024, 10:25 AM
@HermanM - yeah. Didn't Gunn even confirm that already?
Floke - 6/22/2024, 9:47 AM

Oh... Mongul? I read it wrong I guess
Superheroking - 6/22/2024, 10:10 AM
Only Josh the clown can use Appear and confirm in the same sentence
IAmAHoot - 6/22/2024, 10:29 AM
@Superheroking - Until you realize how many headlines, never mind sentences, have featured, "Comfirmed to Appear"...
bobevanz - 6/22/2024, 11:45 AM
@IAmAHoot - this is all reportedly confirmed
dagenspear - 6/23/2024, 5:15 AM
@Superheroking - LORD willing, insulting isn't right.
JobinJ - 6/22/2024, 10:18 AM basically Darkseid

I hope and I think they are steering this towards an eventual KINGDOM COME scenario/movie....which would be epic.
soberchimera - 6/22/2024, 12:02 PM
@JobinJ - Yeah, Mongul is basically Diet Darkseid, that being said, still better than seeing Zod again.
Mrtoke - 6/22/2024, 1:09 PM
@soberchimera - diet darkseid? lol that's a good one fr
TheJester187 - 6/22/2024, 2:46 PM
@soberchimera - & Mongul will be a reoccurring character. He’ll get his ass whooped and go off earth saying he will be back lol I’m sure they will use him in Lanterns & etc.
Origame - 6/22/2024, 10:22 AM
Let me get this straight, a death laser from the sky in the first promo image wasn't enough to confirm aliens, but a blue and black slip n slide on the set is?
Th3Batman - 6/22/2024, 10:29 AM
@Origame - Yes. Now I know for sure aliens will be in it.
clintthahamster - 6/22/2024, 10:29 AM
[shows picture of a blue bouncy house with a ramp that's covered by a filthy tarp]

TheVisionary25 - 6/22/2024, 10:34 AM
@clintthahamster - my favorite is the guy believing that the blue canopy will be removed in post…

Well I hope so man though it would be funny to see some guy come out of that in the final film.
clintthahamster - 6/22/2024, 11:00 AM
@TheVisionary25 - "Don't mind the tarp, we're renovating the cockpit and it's a whole thing. ANYHOO, let me show you where I keep the kryptonite."
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