Superman: Legacy Director James Gunn Reveals Surprising Use of Practical Effects in Upcoming Film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Superman fans eagerly anticipate the release of the upcoming film, “Superman: Legacy,” which is set to hit screens next year. However, there is speculation about how much the movie will rely on computer-generated imagery (CGI) versus practical effects. James Gunn, the movie’s director, offered an unexpected and humorous response when asked about this during an interaction on the social media platform Threads.

In response to the query about the role of CGI and practical effects in “Superman: Legacy,” Gunn surprised fans with the statement, “Legacy is only practical effects.” Rather than dismiss the comment as a joke, many followers embraced the humor, even wondering if lead actor David Corenswet could actually fly, which would certainly be an impressive addition to his resume.

Gunn later clarified his statement in a more serious tone, explaining that he had misunderstood the question. He confirmed that the film would indeed feature a combination of practical effects and CGI, similar to his previous works. Gunn also emphasized that there would be no visible wires in the movie, perhaps alluding to past Superman adaptations where the wires supporting the actors were sometimes noticeable.

Regarding the budget allocation for major productions like “Superman: Legacy,” Gunn provided additional insight, stating that it is common to spend half the production budget on the first two acts and the remaining half on the third act, especially in spectacle films. While practical effects can be more costly than CGI, it is expected that the third act of “Superman: Legacy” will heavily feature visual effects.

In addition to Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman, the cast includes Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, and Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho. “Superman: Legacy” is scheduled to be released on July 11th, 2025.

As fans eagerly await the film’s premiere, the question remains: should “Superman: Legacy” focus more on practical effects or rely heavily on CGI? Only time will tell if the combination of both will create a visually stunning cinematic experience.