‘Superman: Legacy’ Casting Updates Reveal Potential Lex Luthor Candidates

As the casting process for Warner Bros. Discovery’s Superman: Legacy unfolds, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed new details about the recent auditions for the DC Universe movie.

Last weekend, the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank hosted closed-door Superman: Legacy screen tests under the watchful eye of James Gunn. The director and writer had three actor pairings in the running for the roles of Clark Kent and Lois Lane: Nicholas Hoult and Rachel Brosnahan, Tom Brittney and Phoebe Dynevor, and David Corenswet and Emma Mackey.

On the second day of auditions, Hoult, Brittney, and Corenswet tested for the part of Superman. Interestingly, only Mackey returned to portray Lois Lane. Despite the speculation this might trigger, THR warns against assuming that Mackey is a frontrunner for Lois.

Post casting for Clark Kent and Lois Lane, the focus will swiftly shift to Lex Luthor. According to the trade, Alexander Skarsgard and Bill Skarsgard are currently on the shortlist for the Superman villain. The question still lingers as to whether Hoult, who was originally in the running for Lex before setting his sights on Superman, will re-enter the race for the villainous role.

Superman’s DC Universe Future

Superman: Legacy is a much-anticipated project, given that Clark Kent has been an integral part of the DC Universe for over 80 years, with various iterations and adaptations across different media. The movie promises to explore the character’s origins and his struggles to balance his dual identities as Clark Kent and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world.

James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.

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