Superman: Legacy May Easily Repeat One Of DCU’s Biggest Mistakes
By turning what was supposed to be a Superman solo movie into a crossover, James Gunn may be falling into the same trap as Zack Snyder once did.
When the second installment of the then-new DCU, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, hit theaters in 2016, it was met with a rather cold reception for a number of reasons.
One of them was that due to the controversial decision to make only the second part of the cinematic universe a crossover with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor and Doomsday, the story that had great potential turned into an incoherent mess.
So when it was announced that the DCU was being rebooted under James Gunn and that he would be directing the first film in the new chapter, Superman: Legacy, fans expected a different approach to avoid the mistakes of the past.
However, with a series of recent updates regarding the cast of the upcoming film, it is becoming more and more likely that Gunn may be stepping on the same rake.
At first, it didn't seem that bad, as it was just announced that in addition to Superman and Lois Lane, the yet to be cast Lex Luthor will also appear in the film.
But apparently the director decided to outdo Zack Snyder and make not even the second, but the first "new" DCU movie a crossover.
In addition to the aforementioned characters, Superman: Legacy will feature Edi Gathegi's Mister Terrific, Isabela Merced's Hawkgirl, Nathan Fillion's Green Lantern, Anthony Carrigan's Metamorpho, and the list may not even be complete as the full cast has yet to be announced.
While all of the actors are great, that was also the case with Dawn of Justice, and such a decision could backfire spectacularly once again.
For now, it seems that instead of a fleshed-out standalone movie about Man of Steel, we may see yet another character mashup with constant homages, references, and setups for future movies that may not leave enough room for a compelling story.
With all that in mind, it might be better to keep your expectations in check, lest you be sorely disappointed later.
Superman: Legacy is scheduled for release on July 11, 2025.