First Look: David Corenswet Dons The Cape As DC’s New Superman
— 7 May 2024

First Look: David Corenswet Dons The Cape As DC’s New Superman

— 7 May 2024
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

David Corenswet has rather large boots to fill as Clark Kent / Kal-El / the eponymous Man of Steel in James Gunn’s forthcoming Superman: Legacy. But based on the first-look image unveiled today, it seems the Philadelphia native will wear them just fine — along with the tights, red cape, and iconic logo.

Corenswet, 29, was announced as Henry Cavill’s successor last year alongside Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs Maisel); the latter of whom has been tapped for the equally coveted gig of portraying Daily Planet reporter and canonical love interest, Lois Lane, after beating out the likes of Emma Mackey and Phoebe Dynevor.

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First Look: David Corenswet Dons The Cape As DC's New Superman

Other since confirmed cast members include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl; Edi Gathegi as Michael Holt / Mr Terrific; Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner / Green Lantern; Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason / Metamorpho; María Gabriela de Faría as Angela Spica / The Engineer; Nicholas Hoult as key villain Lex Luthor; Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher; Wendell Pierce as Perry White; and Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen.

Pruitt Taylor Vince, Neva Howell, and Milly Alcock will also appear as Superman’s adopted father Jonathan Kent, adopted mother Martha Kent, and biological cousin Kara Sor-El / Supergirl, respectively.

But who exactly is David Corenswet? And aside from the prerequisite height (6’4″), piercing blue eyes, all-American aesthetic, and more recently, jacked physique, what are his credentials for taking on such an iconic mantle?

While the name might not sound familiar, the Julliard graduate has appeared in a handful of projects you will have definitely comes across — if not directly then certainly via pop cultural osmosis. Whether he made an impression upon you, however, is another matter entirely.

The new Superman was cast as Reed in the seventh episode of House of Cards season 6, before working his way into decidedly meatier main roles in two of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix hits: The Politician, in which he played ex-boyfriend and rival student body president candidate River Barkley, and Hollywood, in which he played WWII veteran turned rent boy turned actor Jack Costello.

It wasn’t until he brought veteran narcotics task force investigator David McDougall to life in HBO’s We Own This City that we really got to experiencing his acting chops. The gritty crime drama co-created by David Simon (The Wire) and based on real-life tales of corruption within the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force served as the perfect launch platform for the next stage of Corenswet’s career.

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DC Studios co-heads James Gunn and Peter Safran has previously indicated Superman: Legacy will mark the “true beginning” of the rebooted DCU.

“It’s not an origin story. It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing,” noted Safran.

“Superman represents truth, justice, and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old fashioned.”

Gunn added: “With our stories, we want to take it away from good guy vs bad guy.”

“There are really good — almost saintly — people and Superman is among them. There are really terrible villains like Gorilla Grodd or the Joker. And then there’s everybody in between them, so there are all these shades of grey which allow us to tell complex stories.”

Parallel to all this, Gunn and Safran are also developing a DCU Batman based on Grant Morrison‘s run of the ongoing mythology, The Brave & The Bold, featuring Batman’s son with Talia al Ghul: Damian Wayne — the lethal protégé raised by the League of Assassins from birth who eventually takes on the mantle of Robin.

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“So this is the introduction of the DCU’s Batman. It is not Robert Pattinson. It is not Ben Affleck. This is a story of Damian Wayne, who is Batman’s actual son, who we didn’t know existed for the first eight to 10 years of his life,” explained James Gunn.

Hence why from this point forward, projects such as The Batman Part II and Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie A Deux will be referred to as the “DC Elseworlds.”

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“This is obviously a feature film, and it’s going to feature other members of the extended Bat-Family. Just because we feel like they’ve been left out of the Batman stories in the theatre for far too long,” said Peter Safran.

The Brave & The Bold will apparently be helmed by The Flash director Andy Muschietti. Which is… rather concerning given the end product’s quality.

Superman: Legacy starring David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan — has locked in a release date: July 11th of 2025. Check out the official synopsis below:

The film explores Clark Kent / Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his adoptive human family in Smallville, Kansas.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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