LEGACY Director James Gunn Shares Photo From Production Office Revealing Key Source Of Inspiration

DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn remains hard at work developing Superman: Legacy, a reboot which will introduce fans to a new Man of Steel and the DCU. After Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the DCEU will be no more, but how better to relaunch this franchise than with DC Comics’ most iconic superhero?

Today, the filmmaker has taken to Instagram to share a new look inside his production office. As you can see, Gunn’s wall is plastered with panels and cover art from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale’s Superman for All Seasons, a comic released to widespread critical acclaim in 1998. 

There are lots of great shots depicting Superman taking flight along with some atmospheric shots of Kal-El transforming back into Clark Kent and generally just protecting Metropolis. 

Comprised of four issues taking place over Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, each instalment was narrated by a different character (Jonathan Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and Lana Lang) and it was also named as a key source of inspiration for the Smallville TV series. 

“Just received this stunningly gorgeous Absolute edition of Superman for All Seasons, one of my favorite Superman stories [and] a huge influence on Legacy ([and] a strangely perfect bookend with All-Star Superman),” Gunn said back in September. “The late, great Tim Sales artwork [and] Bjarne Hansen’s watercolor work have never looked better – nor have Clark [and] Ma [and] Pa. Jeph Loeb’s elegant, confident story still sings.”

It’s hard to say exactly what, if anything, Gunn plans to directly adapt from this story, though the pictures he’s selected for his wall may offer at least a few hints. Regardless, we’re guessing its tone and approach to the Man of Tomorrow (along with what we saw in All-Star Superman) will be what he focuses on bringing to his upcoming reboot.

Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

David Corenswet is playing the Man of Steel, while Rachel Brosnahan has been tapped to star as Lois Lane. other recent casting additions include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, and Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer.

Skyler Gisondo is rumoured to be playing Jimmy Olsen and we recently learned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell may be in the running for Jor-El.

Superman: Legacy is currently set to be released in theaters on July 11. 2025.