James Gunn Denies Superman Middle East Terrorism Rumors

Rumors also offer details about The Authority and Brainiac.

Rumors also offer details about The Authority and Brainiac.

James Gunn Denies Superman Middle East Terrorism Rumors

James Gunn denies the rumors that Superman: Legacy features a plot involving the Middle East and terrorism.

A couple of days ago saw ViewerAnon on Twitter offer up details about what he was told about Superman: Legacy.

“Superman’s early in his career and isn’t widely known. His big public reveal happens in the Middle East, where terrorists have gotten ahold of Kryptonian tech,” ViewerAnon tweeted in addition to details about The Authority and Brainiac.

James Gunn posted a picture of his production office on Sunday where a fan questioned Gunn on Instagram, “Please tell us the ‘terrorist threat in the Middle East’ storyline rumour isn’t true.”

Gunn shot down the rumor and replied, “It isn’t true.”

Update: Scooper KC Walsh is offering “clarification.”

“So for clarification the plot does not center on ‘the Middle East,’ it’s merely a location to represent a conflict zone that is the catalyst to the movies events, it’s not something you keep revisiting n the location itself is unimportant,” states his tweet.

A fan replied, “So do you think James is just debunking the ‘terrorist’ part?

“Yes and that the Middle East is center to the plot, I don’t think the location is really relevant,” said Walsh.

Update #2: YouTuber Grace Randolph says the Middle East is still in the movie.

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Via James Gunn Instagram

Did James Gunn rewrite Superman: Legacy?

As I previously mentioned, the Middle East is obviously a sensitive topic right now, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Gunn actually changed things.

I know multiple scoopers have said Superman: Legacy involves the Middle East, including YouTuber Grace Randolph, I believe, who also suggested that Gunn could have been rewriting the script as he has been quiet for a few weeks.

Regardless of whether or not the rumor is true, James Gunn confirms he won’t be using the Middle East terrorism plot in the movie, which is also really similar to what Dwayne Johnson did with Black Adam and even Zack Snyder in Batman vs. Superman.

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Fan art

A political commentary?

A while back Randolph also said Gunn’s DCU would be a political commentary involving the trial of Amanda Waller and the story would mirror the present political climate, so Gunn featuring a Middle Eastern terrorist plot in Superman: Legacy doesn’t sound too farfetched.

On a side note, that picture Gunn shared above also happens to feature Superman wearing the trunks so maybe we’ll see David Corenswet back in the classic costume.

Superman: Legacy has a July 11, 2025 release date also starring Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, with Isabela Merced playing Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi playing Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion plays Green Lantern Guy Gardner and María Gabriela de Faría playing The Engineer from The Authority described as a “villain.” A search is also said to be underway for Lex Luthor and Brainiac.

The film is described by DC as telling the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

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