Meet David Corenswet, the brand new Superman

We’ve a brand new Man of Metal. David Corenswet has been solid as the subsequent Superman in DC’s “Superman: Legacy.” DC Studios Co-CEO James Gunn, who’s directing the “Superman” relaunch, confirmed the news on Tuesday. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan may also painting Lois Lane. “They don’t seem to be solely each unbelievable actors but additionally great individuals,” stated Gunn.

In choosing Corenswet, Gunn has centered the all-important 2025 movie round a relative unknown. However even when Corenswet’s identify would not ring a bell, you could have seen the 29-year-old’s face.

Selecting his personal journey 

Corenswet grew up in Philadelphia, and his father was a New York actor. “I did not have a dream of being an actor, despite the fact that my dad was a theater actor for a few years,” he informed MTV Information. However Corenswet auditioned for his first play in Philadelphia when he was 9 years previous, and he was solid in a manufacturing of “All My Sons.” 

“I began placing all these hours in as a younger actor in Philadelphia after which doing musicals at my college,” he informed MTV, and he stated to C Journal that his “dad was largely chargeable for taking me to all my theater gigs once I was a child.” He wears a New York subway token from the Eighties in honor of his father and as luck allure. Corenswet’s grandfather additionally reportedly got here up with the thought for “Select Your Personal Journey” books.

Corenswet studied performing at New York’s Juilliard Faculty, graduating in 2016. Beginning in 2014, he starred in a collection of net comedy sketches known as “Moe & Jerryweather,” which he additionally created with Adam Langdon. “It is enjoyable to acknowledge that only a few years in the past I used to be the foolish child making the foolish issues with very small foolish toys — and I nonetheless am,” he informed Refinery29. 

Corenswet appeared in a 2015 episode of the MTV present “One Unhealthy Selection” and a 2017 episode of “Elementary.” He additionally starred in a pilot for a Rob Reiner present that wasn’t picked as much as collection. However considered one of his first main roles was within the 2018 political thriller “Affairs of State,” wherein he starred as a congressional aide. He exhibited a “star-making mixture of conventional beauty and a compelling deadpan voice” within the film, Forbes stated on the time, evaluating him to a younger Armie Hammer. From there, Corenswet popped up on exhibits like “Intuition” and “Home of Playing cards.” Within the latter collection’ ultimate season, he performed Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) faculty boyfriend in a flashback. 

Breaking out

Corenswet’s breakout position got here in 2019 with Ryan Murphy’s Netflix collection “The Politician,” the place he performed River Barkley, the opponent and ex-boyfriend of Ben Platt’s character. Murphy shortly solid Corenswet once more as a lead, aspiring actor Jack Castello, in his 2020 Netflix collection, “Hollywood.” Corenswet additionally produced that present set in Forties Hollywood. “It was the primary position that I used to be ever provided with out an audition, which is superior,” he informed Selection, and Murphy stated to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is “that unicorn on this enterprise,” as he “seems like an old-time film star and he can act, too.” Additionally in 2020, Corenswet had a job within the Jenny Slate movie “The Sunlit Evening.” 

The yr 2022 was a giant one for Corenswet, as he performed investigator David McDougall in HBO’s “We Personal This Metropolis,” starred within the Netflix romantic dramedy “Look Each Methods” and portrayed the projectionist within the A24 horror movie “Pearl” reverse Mia Goth. On high of “Superman: Legacy,” his upcoming tasks embrace a sequel to “Tornado” starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Glen Powell and the Apple TV+ collection “Girl within the Lake” starring Natalie Portman. Corenswet informed V Journal he additionally aspires to get behind the digicam, following within the footsteps of actors turned administrators like Olivia Wilde and Bradley Cooper. 

From the second Corenswet burst onto the scene, there was on-line chatter that he could be good as Superman, partially as a result of he seems precisely like a younger model of Henry Cavill, the earlier Superman. Platt’s character even tells Corenswet in “The Politician,” “You appear to be Superman.”

And the actor hasn’t been shy about his curiosity within the position. “My pie-in-the-sky ambition is certainly to play Superman,” he informed Leisure Weekly in 2019. “I might like to see someone do an upbeat, throwback [take on Superman]. I really like the Henry Cavill darkish and gritty take, however I might like to see the subsequent one be very vibrant and optimistic.” This appears to suit with Gunn’s imaginative and prescient for the character, because the director previously said Superman needs to be “someone that you just need to give a hug.”

Corenswet reportedly beat out Tom Brittney and Nicholas Hoult for the lead position in “Superman: Legacy,” which could not be extra vital to the way forward for DC. Will probably be the primary movie in a rebooted shared universe that may search to get audiences again on board with the superhero model following a number of field workplace failures, most just lately “The Flash.” So is Corenswet the savior DC wants to assist deliver the studio again to life quicker than a dashing bullet? The stress’s on.