Taking to social media, James Gunn has officially announced that he will be taking the helm on the forthcoming ‘Superman: Legacy’ movie.

The newly founded DC Studios co-chief will also pen the script.

Gunn followed his initial announcement with the following announcement;

“It has been a long road to this point. I was offered Superman years ago – I initially said no because I didn’t have a way in that felt unique and fun and emotional that gave Superman the dignity he deserved.

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Then a bit less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centring around Superman’s heritage – how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.”

The story will follow a younger Superman in his early days and at a point with Clark Kent early in his career – which is why Henry Cavill isn’t returning to the role. Gunn has been working on the script for some time, well before the new slate was announced in late January.