New Superman Casting Shockingly Revealed Ahead of Comic-Con 2023

Jack Black reveals he is James Gunn's Superman, and James Gunn has commented.
Jack Black as Superman

Jack Black reveals he is James Gunn’s Superman, and James Gunn has commented.

Before getting into it, this is obviously a joke just meant to spread some joy to the world. Jack Black has graced the world with a video of him as Superman, and everyone is thankful for it. In the post, Jack Black receives a call from the Co-Chair of DC Studios, James Gunn, where he appears to give in to Gunn wanting him to be the new Man of Steel in Superman: Legacy. Viewers are elated with Black’s award-worthy performance in full costume and complete with special effects. Black even gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how he accomplished this visual masterpiece with the help of his father. Watch this amazing work of cinema below.

Jack Black is Superman

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Honestly, Jack Black as Superman would work. The overwhelmingly positive reaction is proof the world is ready for it. As of writing, there are over 395 thousand likes and it only continues to grow. The attention to Jack Black’s post, regardless of how much seriousness anyone wants to put into it, has put the idea out there. And people do seem eager and ready for such a fun take on the character. While it is unlikely Jack Black will star in Superman: Legacy, it may have got James Gunn to reveal when the news of the casting will be shared with the world. See James Gunn’s comment on Jack Black’s video below.

James Gunn May Have Revealed When Casting Will Be Announced

Superman James Gunn

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This is speculation. While there is little reason to put any weight into this situation, other than that of pure entertainment and joy, it could be an avenue of truth. Gunn and Safran have talked about the importance of Superman: Legacy to the new DCU.

“(This) is really the launch of the DCU. The first two projects are an amuse-bouche for what’s coming up with Superman: Legacy. James is currently writing it. We’re hoping that he will direct it. It’s not an origin story. It focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. Superman represents truth, justice and the American way. He is kindness in a world that thinks of kindness as old fashioned.”

Peter Safran

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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 gray which allow us to tell complex stories.

James Gunn

Considering Shazam: Fury of the Gods is about to release, and The Flash movie is premiering in just over a month at CinemaCon, it does not seem likely we will be hearing much major news about DCU projects until afterward. And what better place to break big news than the biggest pop culture event in the world, San Diego Comic-Con? But time will tell.

Superman: Legacy is set to release in theaters on July 11, 2025.


What do you think about casting Jack Black as Superman? Did his Instagram post convince you he is the best choice for the role? Is this actually the direction Safran and Gunn intend to go? Let us know your thoughts and theories about this and all things DCU on social media!

Source: Jack Black’s Instagram

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