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James Gunn's Superman Movie Villain May Borrow A Plot Twist From... The Boys?

All eyes are on James Gunn's "Superman," which is shaping up to be an intriguing interpretation of DC Comics' Man of Steel mythos. Production on the film is currently underway, with leaks from Gunn's movie currently making social media explode. Plot details remain relatively slim, but a new set photo might point to a key reveal that could take its cue from "The Boys" comic book.

In the image, viewers see Kal-El (David Corenswet) being arrested while wearing his Superman duds. But while it's great to see Frank Grillo as Rick Flag, all eyes are on the mysterious masked figure, who could potentially be revealed as a character that many casual fans might not be familiar with. A rumor has suggested that Gunn's "Superman" film will feature an evil clone of the Man of Steel, with signs pointing to Ultraman being the villain in question. In the comics, Ultraman is an evil, alternate reality version of the Man of Steel, and is different than Bizarro, who is a duplicate of Superman.

The mysterious masked character in the dark suit has a similar, almost 1:1 look to "The Boys'" Black Noir. In the comics, Black Noir is revealed to be a clone of Homelander, who is ostensibly the evil Superman of "The Boys" universe. Is it possible that the upcoming DC film will take a cue from "The Boys" and have the mysterious figure (who notably sports a stylized "U" on their chest) revealed as an evil Superman clone? It's a fascinating idea — especially considering the Prime Video adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic didn't use that twist.

What that Boys-inspired twist could mean for Superman

Only speculation and reports suggest that James Gunn's "Superman" will have a devious clone of the titular character, so it should all be taken with a grain of salt for now. Rumors have long posited that Ultraman is in the flick, and with the mysterious, black-clad figure boasting that stylized "U" on their chest, it seems likely they were correct. If this is the case, it would be pretty interesting to see Gunn take on that iconic "Boys" plot twist.

"The Boys" TV show rejected the huge Homelander reveal, changing the adapted storyline's endgame from the source material. In the comics, it's Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) who is responsible for Homelander's (Antony Starr) downfall. In the Prime Video adaptation, Black Noir was unmasked in Season 3, confidently throwing away the idea that there's a Homelander clone hiding underneath the mask. Black Noir is killed by Homelander following the reveal, with Season 4 introducing audiences to a "new" Noir (still played by Mitchell).

If Gunn does unmask the mysterious character in the "Superman" set photos to reveal Ultraman, it would be a huge deal. It would be a mind-boggling scene to show the villain shed his black suit in favor of Superman's classic clothes, fooling everyone and making them think the Man of Steel isn't as altruistic as he seems. Could it be that Ultraman has been on Earth for years, waiting to destroy Kal-El? And is it possible that the image of Superman being arrested is in relation to a crime that the villain committed while disguised as him? We'll find out when James Gunn's "Superman" arrives in theaters on July 11, 2025.