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Bruce Campbell Is Still Up for Playing Superman in a Kingdom Come Movie


If James Gunn and Peter Safran plan on making a live-action adaptation of DC’s Kingdom Come comic book series, B-movie legend Bruce Campbell wants the two to give him a call. Originally published in 1996, the Kingdom Come comics, from Mark Waid and Alex Ross, are set in an alternate future with the members of the Justice League now decades older. The retired superheroes, including an older Superman, band together when a new wave of “superheroes” start to blur the line between what makes them better than the supervillains they thwart.


Officially, a live-action adaptation of Kingdom Come hasn’t been made, though Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) took some inspiration from the older Superman when he reprised the role for an appearance in the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. After Gunn and Safran were hired to steer the ship at DC Studios, the former would go on to share artwork from the Kingdom Come comic books, teasing that he was “making plans” for the DCU using the comic as inspiration. That has obviously fueled speculation that a Kingdom Come project is in early development, though it hasn’t been officially announced as of now.

With all of that said, one fan took to Twitter to insist that Campbell play Superman in a Kingdom Come adaptation. The groovy one himself took notice and retweeted the post, adding with his own caption, “DM-ing my number.” That clearly shows that Campbell wants his name in the hat if Gunn and Safran are looking to cast an older Superman for the teased Kingdom Come project. The post has a lot of fans feeling stoked about the possibility.

It’s not the first time Campbell has teased his interest in playing that role. Back in 2019, there were similarly fans requesting Campbell take on the role of the Man of Steel in his golden years. Campbell shared an image of himself at the time and tweeted in response to the fantasy casting, “I’m ready for Geezer Superman.”

Related: Superman: Legacy Director James Gunn Discusses the Challenges of Rebooting the DC Icon


What Will Happen Next for the Man of Steel on the Big Screen?

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We’ll have to wait and see what happens with the Kingdom Come project. It would presumably be a DC Elseworlds story, meaning it would take place outside of the main DCU continuity, similar to The Batman and Joker. What we know is that Gunn is currently working on Superman: Legacy, a movie that will reboot that Man of Steel for the DCU with a new actor playing the role. That actor has not yet been announced.

Gunn has also said that a separate Superman project is in the works written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and produced by J.J. Abrams. While Gunn hasn’t seen a script just yet, he has said that he won’t be shelving the film just because he’s working on Superman: Legacy. It would just be treated as a DC Elseworlds story.

In any case, Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on July 11, 2025.




This story originally appeared on Movieweb

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