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James Gunn’s Superman Fills Out Daily Planet Newsroom

James Gunn is filling out the Daily Planet newsroom.

Mikaela Hoover and Christopher MacDonald have joined the cast of Gunn’s Superman, the inaugural movie of DC Studios.

The feature is currently in production in Atlanta with David Corenswet starring as Clark Kent/Superman, and Rachel Brosnahan playing Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane.

The duo will have company on the news desk. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Saturday Night Live alum Beck Bennett had joined the production to play Steve Lombardo, a blowhard and self-serving reporter who in the comics serves as a foil to boy scout reporter Kent.

Sources tell THR that Hoover is playing Cat Grant, who in the comics was a gossip columnist who had her eyes set on Kent. The character, created by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, has appeared in several TV shows, most notably in CW’s Supergirl in which she was played by Calista Flockhart.

McDonald is playing Ron Troupe, one of the best reporters in the newsroom. In the comics, the character, created by Ordway and Tom Grummett, ended up having a son with Lois Lane’s sister, Lucy Lane.

Superman, which has a release date of July 11, 2025, also has Nicholas Hoult as villain Lex Luthor.

The movie will feature classic members of Superman’s supporting characters, such as Jimmy Olsen (Skyler Gisondo), Eve Teschmacher (Sara Sampaio) and Daily Planet editor in chief Perry White (Wendell Pierce).

It will also feature a variety of DC heroes. Edi Gathegi is playing Mister Terrific, Anthony Carrigan is Metamorpho, Isabela Merced is Hawkgirl, Nathan Fillion is Guy Gardner and María Gabriela de Faría is playing The Engineer.

Hoover has appeared in in bit parts in several Gunn productions, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad and The Belko Experiment, among them. She also appeared in Netflix romcom Love Hard. She is repped by Buchwald, Luber Roklin and Felker Toczek. 

MacDonald is a newcomer to the screen.

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