James Gunn gives update on Superman casting, debunks Jacob Elordi rumor

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel
(Image credit: Warner Bros./DC)

James Gunn has responded to those Superman casting rumors – and it looks like Jacob Elordi may not be the frontrunner after all.

"My thoughts are no one has been cast as Superman yet," Gunn tweeted (opens in new tab) in response to a series of edited photos that feature Elordi as the Man of Steel. "Casting, as is almost always the case with me, will happen after the script is finished or close to finished, and it isn’t. We’ll announce a few things in not too long, but the casting of Superman won’t be one of them."

It was announced in December that Man of Steel 2, starring Henry Cavill, was canceled as part of James Gunn and Peter Safran's new plan for the DC Extended Universe. Gunn confirmed that he is indeed writing a new Superman movie, but one that will focus on an earlier part of the hero's life. Elordi, who is perhaps best known for playing sociopath and football star Nate Jacobs on HBO's Euphoria, was immediately fan-cast as a young Clark Kent. 

Gunn's tweet ended with a Merman emoji, implying that we may hear news about a new Aquaman movie – as it was speculated last year that Jason Momoa may be ditching the fins in favor of playing DC anti-hero Lobo. Wonder Woman 3 was also canceled by Gunn and Safran, though Gunn later confirmed that Wonder Woman would indeed be part of DC's new slate in some capacity.

For more, check out our list of all the new superhero movies flying your way in 2023 and beyond.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more. Her first collection of poetry, "FINAL GIRL," sold out of print. Her second collection, "Sad Sexy Catholic," is forthcoming in 2023.