As the ancient proverb* states, when one Superman falls another rises…
After Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn literally pulled the red cape out from beneath the feet of Henry Cavill (who had only days prior quit his day job as The Witcher to return as Krypton’s prodigal son Kal-El) it was anyone’s guess who was going to be picked to fill the boots.
Everyone, meet David Corenswet, the latest in a line of raven-haired, blue eyed men with an impossibly chiselled jaw and officially the new face of DC’s most noble hero in Gunn’s upcoming Superman: Legacy.
Corenswet will be joined by The Marvellous Miss Maisel star (and niece of the late Kate Spade) Rachel Brosnahan who will be playing Lois Lane, who had been previously performed (and brilliantly, I might add) by Amy Adams.
The announcement cements (or laments, depending on your stance regarding Cavill’s casting) the new, post Snyder, chapter for Warner Bros beleaguered attempts to create a suitable rival for Marvel Studios. From sad Batflecks and behind the scenes drama with cast members and former directors, it’s beginning to feel like the DCU is the Macbeth of the superhero genre: don’t say the name Joss Whedon on set or the ceiling will cave in.
Imagine being able to say that you caused BEN AFFLECK, the man who from like 2004 – 2015 was maybe the most miserable man alive, to have the worst experience of his career, that's Joss Whedon's power https://t.co/QIP9NnbnDh
— Sylvian (#1 Skinners of the Flower Marink Fan) (@TheAlexSylvian) March 16, 2023
According to the Deadline, Corenswet – who has previously starred as an up-and-coming actor cum male escort in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood alongside Samara Weaving and in cult horror work Pearl – underwent numerous auditions before it was narrowed down to a select few who were then tested in full make-up and costume.
Which is another detail – what will the new Superman costume look like? Under Snyder, the familiar Superman red cape and blue suit were made to look more robust and combat ready as per their origins back on Krypton. The director even introduced the famous black and silver edition for his OG version the Justice League. But hardcore fans pointed out that the iconic red jocks were missing…
Will Gunn bring back Superman’s underwear? Who can say.