Wed. Feb 21st, 2024


Nicholas Hoult, Emma Mackey and more are expected to test for the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane in James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy.

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While we still have several movies from the old DCEU ahead of us, James Gunn will officially launch the new DC Universe with Superman: Legacy. With pre-production well underway, it’s time to decide who should step into the cape and tights as our new Superman. Deadline has revealed the handful of actors who are expected to test for Clark Kent and Lois Lane in Superman: Legacy.

Insiders tell Deadline that the in-person tests will take place over Father’s Day weekend or the Monday or Tuesday after. Nicholas Hoult (The Great), David Corenswet (Pearl), and Tom Brittney (Grantchester) are expected to test for Clark Kent, while Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) are testing for Lois Lane. Deadline notes that some of the test deals for Superman: Legacy are still being negotiated, but they understand that these are the actors set to audition.

James Gunn will write and direct Superman: Legacy, and he has promised that the tone of the movie will be different from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Co-chair of DC Studios Peter Safran has also teased that Superman: Legacy will not be an origin story and will focus 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.” While fans were obviously disappointed when Henry Cavill was dismissed from the role so soon after his brief return in Black Adam, I am excited for someone new to take on the character and to see what James Gunn can do with the Man of Steel. Superman: Legacy will hit theaters on July 11, 2025.

Do any of the actors set to test for Clark Kent and Lois Lane in Superman: Legacy strike your interest? If not, who do you see playing the iconic characters in the new movie?

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.