SUPERMAN: LEGACY Casts Leads David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan as DCU Clark Kent and Lois Lane

We officially have our new Superman and Lois Lane. According to Deadline, and confirmed by James Gunn, David Corenswet has been cast as Superman, a.k.a Clark Kent, in the DCU’s upcoming Superman: Legacy. Rachel Brosnahan will play the journalist Lois Lane, who is also Superman’s romantic interest in the DC Comics universe.

Superman: Legacy is the first in a slate of new DC movies that will be a part of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DCU. Gunn and Safran hope to bring a new, unified perspective to the DC cinematic world. And all eyes will be on Superman to lead the charge. So, of course, the question of casting Superman: Legacy was a major one for fans.

Who Has Been Cast as Superman and Lois Lane in Superman: Legacy?

Since the announcement of the Superman: Legacy movie, there has been a lot of intense speculation on who might be cast to don the red cloak. Rumors swirled intently as to who would be the next Superman, but Gunn and Safran cautioned patience as they went through a thorough casting and audition process. And ultimately, our new DCU Superman is a bit of an unknown. Clark Kent will be played by David Corenswet in Superman: Legacy. Corenswet has acted in Pearl, The Politician, and We Own This City, but it seems Superman: Legacy will be his first leading role in a major studio movie. Honestly, that feels like a fitting origin for Superman.

James Gunn DCU new movie Superman Legacy casts leads David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan
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Rachel Brosnahan, meanwhile, starred in Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a number of years. Many have cheered her on for the role of Lois Lane. And, marvelously, it happened. Other actresses in the running were Phoebe Dynevor and Emma Mackey. But it is Brosnahan who has ultimately been cast as our favorite intrepid reporter in Superman: Legacy.

What Roles Will Clark Kent and Lois Lane Play in Superman: Legacy?

Superman: Legacy will not be a Superman origin story, but instead, it will “[tell] the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas.” Gunn once described his ideal DCU Superman as someone who was huggable. And honestly, looking at the casting of David Corenswet as Superman, it feels like Gunn achieved exactly that. Warner Bros. additionally shared of our Man of Steel that, “[Superman] is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.” We can totally envision Corenswet embodying this kind of Superman.

As for Lois Lane—Rachel Brosnahan’s casting is actually the first indicative piece of information we have about the character. None of Superman: Legacy‘s descriptions to date mention Lois Lane’s role in the DCU’s world. But we hope to learn more soon.

One way or another, thanks to this exciting Superman: Legacy casting news, we can imagine how our new DCU world will look just a little more clearly. And so far, we like what we’re seeing of Gunn and Safran’s vision.

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