Kryptonian cousins Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) and Kal-El (Superman) are about to share the big screen for the first time in Superman: Legacy. While the characters have appeared together in the CW series Supergirl, they have appeared in separate film projects. Kara is slated to get her own film in 2027 called Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
In the 1984 film Supergirl, which stars Helen Slater, who would go on to play Kara’s adoptive mother in the television series Supergirl, it is referenced that Kara and Kal are cousins and that this iteration is connected to Christopher Reeve’s Superman. However, Reeves doesn’t appear in the film, though he was supposed to. Also, the connective tissue for the connected story is the appearance of Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen who appears as the character five times across five different films.
During The Flash movie, Kara takes the place of Kal-El, though a CGI version of Henry Cavill’s Superman does appear in the film. Still, scenes filmed by the actor were cut. The Flash also establishes that the characters are cousins, though, like the 1984 film, there is no interaction between the two.
Superman: Legacy and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow will establish them in more detail. The recent casting of Milly Alcock as Kara for James Gunn’s DC Universe has made us want to review what we know about the films.
Admittedly, there is not much to go off, and information will continue to come out as the release dates are near. Let’s explore what we know so far about Superman: Legacy and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.
Characters And Cast
So far, the cast for Superman: Legacy stands as follows:
- David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman
- Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane
- Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl
- Edi Gathegi as Michael Holt/Mister Terrific
- Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern
- Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason/Metamorpho
- María Gabriela de Faría as Angela Spica/Engineer
- Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor
- Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher
- Skyler Gisono as Jimmy Olsen
- Milly Alcock as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl
The only two characters that have not been cast so far are Krypto the Superdog and Perry White.
The Authority will be introduced in the film before getting their own spin-off.
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow
- Milly Alcock as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl
Krypto will also appear in this film.
It is unknown whether the following characters will appear in either of the films:
- Martha Kent
- Jonathan Kent
- Lara Van-El
- Alura In-Ze
- Samuel Lane
- Dru Zod
- Maxwell Lord (will be referenced)
There is not much information on the crew of either film outside of James Gunn directing, writing and producing Superman: Legacy. Peter Safran will co-produce.
The only crew member we know so far for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow is Ana Nogueira, who will be the screenwriter. No director or producers are attached as of writing.
We know that Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow will be adapted from Tom King’s recent comic series of the same name. It will see Kara being raised much differently to her cousin, who is loving adoptive human parents raised, whereas the Girl of Steel is raised on a surviving chunk of Krypton (possibly Argo City) while everyone else perishes around her. Though, it appears though it is not confirmed that Kara will be older than Kal like in the Supergirl series.
As of writing, we are still determining the storyline for Superman: Legacy. However, we know small pieces of information, such as we will not see the origin of Superman as we would in another project. The film will centre on Clark’s quest to reunite his Kryptonian heritage with his Earth heritage.
When it was announced that Superman: Legacy had been greenlit, it was also announced that the film would be released on July 11, 2025. Afterwards, James Gunn said the film would enter principle photography in January 2024. However, when Hollywood shut down due to the Writers’ and the SAG-AFTA strikes, production was halted, with the start date pushed back to March 2024.
Finally, there is no release or start date for Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow. To get a start date and release date, it needs to have a director and producer attached. Thereafter, James Gunn might be a producer on the film in an executive capacity like Kevin Feige does on the MCU films. We’ll have to wait and see.