SUPERMAN Director James Gunn Confirms He’ll Miss Comic-Con; Reveals Some Specific (Surprising) Inspirations

DC Studios unveiled its DCU slate, titled “Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters,” at the end of last January. James Gunn has since kept fans up to date on his social media platforms, but last year’s WGA strikes definitely slowed down the DCU’s momentum (delaying work on the likes of Waller and Lanterns, for example). 

Fans are eager for another update, with the hope being that DC Studios might steal the show at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by sharing a first look at SUPERMAN along with more casting announcements and future projects.

While that may indeed happen, it sounds like Gunn won’t be part of it. 

Asked by a fan on Threads if he’s excited about the annual event, the filmmaker simply responded with, “I will be shooting.” Remember, Gunn recently suggested that Comic-Con and some sort of online presentation aren’t his only options for a DCU slate update, so he may have something else planned.

In other news, the filmmaker has asked for his SUPERMAN inspirations beyond just Richard Donner’s work. These are the images he chose to share, so read into them as you will…

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“He’s a big old galoot. He is a farm boy from Kansas who is very idealistic,” Gunn previously said of his approach to the Man of Tomorrow. “His greatest weakness is that he’ll never kill anybody, [and] doesn’t want to hurt a living soul. And I like that sort of innate goodness about Superman as his defining characteristic.”

Fellow DC Studios co-CEO Peter Safran added, “[The reboot] focuses on Superman balancing his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. Superman represents truth, justice, and the American way. He is kind in a world that thinks of kindness as old-fashioned.”

SUPERMAN 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, Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, and Wendell Pierce as Perry White.

SUPERMAN is currently set to be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.