Final December, it was introduced that Henry Cavill’s time as Superman had come to an finish in favor of DC Studios co-head James Gunn helming a reboot centered on the Man of Metal. That challenge, now often known as Superman: Legacy, is at the moment within the subsequent part of casting, and we could be taught within the coming weeks who will play the brand new variations of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Legacy can also be anticipated to characteristic Lex Luthor however now there’s phrase that the upcoming DC film can even arrange an necessary DCU group.
Throughout the newest version of THR’s Coronary heart Imaginative and prescient e-newsletter, it’s talked about that after display screen assessments for the Clark and Lois roles are held over Father’s Day weekend, the Superman: Legacy group will deal with casting Lex Luthor and members of The Authority. Those that’ve been maintaining monitor of reports surrounding the brand new DC Universe continuity will keep in mind that The Authority is likely one of the films on the Chapter One slate, titled Gods and Monsters, and evidently Legacy will introduce some, if not all of its starring characters. What’s unclear, although, is that if the group is already absolutely established within the subsequent Superman film, or if these members can be working on their very own, after which they’ll come collectively in The Authority.
Created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch in 1999 for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, The Authority is a superhero group that was initially mainly comprised of characters from Ellis’ earlier Stormwatch group, together with Apollo, Midnighter and Jenny Sparks. These heroes are prepared to take extra drastic actions than your common superhero with regards to defending the world. Though The Authority tales initially passed off exterior of the primary DC Universe, sure members have been integrated into this actuality through the New 52 period by the relaunched Stormwatch comedian e-book collection, and the Authority group itself was reestablished just some years in the past within the pages of Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s “Superman: Warworld” arc in Motion Comics and Grant Morrison’s miniseries Superman and The Authority miniseries.
Given this group’s newly-established shut ties with Clark Kent/Kal-El within the comics, plus the truth that Superman: Legacy is taken into account to be the “true starting” of the DC Universe, it is smart that groundwork can be laid for The Authority on this reboot. What I’m inquisitive about, although, is how integral these characters can be to the plot. Will the Authority characters merely cameo in Legacy, or will they play supporting roles within the story. If it’s the latter, and we see an ideological conflict between Superman and The Authority, this sounds prefer it might be much like the 2012 animated film Superman vs. The Elite, which was primarily based off the “What’s So Humorous About Fact, Justice & the American Manner?” comedian e-book story.
As for Lex Luthor, it’s hardly stunning he’ll be included in Superman: Legacy given how he’s Superman’s arch-nemesis. All theatrically-released Superman-centric films other than Superman III and Man of Metal have featured the clever supervillain, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Legacy places its personal distinctive stamp on the character. Legacy’s Luthor isn’t the one upcoming live-action model of the character on the way in which although, as subsequent week, Superman & Lois is lastly bringing in Michael Cudlitz’s bearded Luthor.
Superman: Legacy hits theaters on July 11, 2025, however The Authority doesn’t have a launch date but. CinemaBlend will proceed passing alongside updates on how these tasks, and the opposite films and TV reveals which have been introduced for the DC Universe franchise, are progressing. Till then, revisit loads of previous cinematic and small display screen DC choices with a Max subscription.