Superman: Legacy Confirms DC’s Surprising New Man of Steel and Lois Lane

Henry Cavill’s Superman replacement has finally been revealed

David Corenswet – best known for his roles in HBO’s We Own This City and Netflix’s The Politician – will replace Henry Cavill as Superman.

Meanwhile, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan will play Lois Lane in the forthcoming film, titled Superman: Legacy.

David, 29, and 32-year-old Rachel reportedly won the roles over the likes of Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Dynevor and Emma Mackey.

The signings were apparently rushed through as an actors strike is rumoured to be kicking off on June 30.

In December, 40-year-old Henry announced he wouldn’t be returning to the Superman franchise.

The British actor had confirmed in October that he would be officially reprising the role after making a surprise cameo in the end credits of anti-hero movie Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson.

However, just as quickly as he returned, he bowed out again with new DC Studios bosses James and Peter Safran making the bold decision to find a new Superman for the next instalments.

Who Is David Corenswet? Meet the New Superman Actor

Meet the new Superman. David Corenswet has been cast as Clark Kent in Superman: Legacy.

Director James Gunn confirmed reports that Corenswet had been cast opposite Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane on Tuesday, June 27. “Accurate! (They are not only both incredible actors, but also wonderful people),”

The actor replaces Henry Cavill after Gunn, who is leading DC Studios with Peter Safran, decided to tell the story of a young Clark Kent.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the newest Superman actor.

Who Is David Corenswet?

Born in 1993, the Pennsylvania native already has more than 20 years of acting experience. He started acting as a child in local theater productions in Philly before he moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

What Movies and TV Shows Has David Corenswet Appeared In?

Ryan Murphy fans have seen Corenswet in both The Politician and Hollywood. He starred on HBO’s 2022 crime drama We Own This City.

His movie credits are just as impressive. He has appeared in Affairs of the State and Sunlit Night. In 2022, he starred opposite Lili Reinhart in the Netflix drama Look Both Ways before joining Mia Goth in A24’s Pearl. He’s also set to appear in the 2024 Twister sequel with Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell.

Is David Corenswet a Superman Fan?

Yes — and he’s long been aware of his Clark Kent-esque looks. “My pie-in-the-sky ambition is definitely to play Superman,” Corenswet told Entertainment Weekly in 2019. “I would love to see somebody do an upbeat, throwback [take on Superman]. I love the Henry Cavill dark and gritty take, but I would love to see the next one be very bright and optimistic.”

Is David Corenswet the Youngest Superman Actor?

No, Brandon Routh was 27 in 2006’s Superman Begins and Christopher Reeve was 26 when he first put the tights on in 1978. While he isn’t the youngest, Corenswet is a decade younger than his predecessor, Cavill.

Why Is David Corenswet Replacing Henry Cavill?

Cavill’s exit was determined in December 2022, seven months before Corenswet was cast. The British actor, who played Superman from 2013’s Man of Steel to 2022’s Black Adam, announced the news in a statement via Instagram.

“I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman,” Cavill wrote at the time. “After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life.”

He continued: “The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. … I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes.”

For his part, Gunn explained that the story was going in a different direction. “In the initial stages, our story will be focusing on an earlier part of Superman’s life, so the character will not be played by Henry Cavill,” he shared in a December 2022 statement. But we just had a great meeting with Henry and we’re big fans and we talked about a number of exciting possibilities to work together in the future.”

Look, there’s no denying that things are dire for DC fans right now. With The Flash currently flopping in theaters, the sting of the Batgirl cancelation still lingering, and the hierarchy of power unchanged by Black Adam, those who want to see DC characters enjoying success similar to the Marvelous competition don’t have much hope. And with parent company Warner Bros. experiencing even larger problems, there’s nothing but dark clouds on the horizon.

But, look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No… it’s Superman! According to Deadline, the new Man of Steel will be played by relative newcomer David Corenswet (Pearl, We Own This City). He’ll be joined by Rachel Brosnahan (Marvelous Ms. Maisel) after a months-long process to find the new Clark Kent and Lois Lane of the revamped DCU.

Gunn held screen tests with three sets of actors, one playing Clark Kent/Superman and the other playing Lois Lane. Each did several scenes together, in full costume and makeup, reveals THR, which also reveals that WB will next turn its attention to finding a new Lex Luthor, with both Alexander and Bill Skarsgard reportedly in the running. Deadline reports that the studio is also searching for Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen, but how quickly WB rounds out the rest of the cast will come down to whether SAG-AFTRA decides to go on strike at the end of June.

The most well-known of the duos who auditioned for Clark and Lois are Nicholas Hoult and Brosnahan. A veteran of high-concept blockbusters such as X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Renfeld, Hoult was originally brought in to try out for Luthor and it’s unclear whether he’s still in the running for the villain role now that WB has its Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Brosnahan has long been a favorite among fans who want to see her plucky take on the love of Superman’s life.

‘Superman Legacy’ is currently scheduled for release on 11 July 2025, with filming expected to take place next year. Further cast members – including who will play Lex Luthor and The Authority – will be brought in in due course.

‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ actress Rachel recently admitted she would “jump at the chance” to play Lois in the film.

Asked about the speculation linking her to the role, she said on ‘The View’: “I mean, look, take everything you read on the internet with a grain of salt, is my first piece of advice.

“But it would be extraordinary. I grew up watching Lois Lane, this incredibly talented journalist who is far from a damsel in distress. And I would jump at the chance if it arose.”

David will be the fourth actor to play Superman on the big screen, following in the footsteps of Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill.

Henry had been due to return for ‘Superman: Legacy’ after returning to the role for a cameo in ‘Black Adam’, but he announced in December he had been given the “sad news” that plans had changed.

In a statement shared on Instagram, he said: “I have just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran and it’s sad news, everyone. I will, after all, not be returning as Superman.

“After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life.

“The changing of the guard is something that happens, I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build.

“I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes.”

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