First appearing in Superman and Superman II, the character created by Richard Donner and Mario Puzo is portrayed in the comics as Lex Luthor’s assistant turned love interest and right hand. Sampaio steps into a role previously inhabited by Valerie Perrine in the Christopher Reeve-led Superman flicks, and by Andrea Brooks on The CW’s Supergirl.
Portraying Luthor, as we were first to tell you, is Nicholas Hoult. David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan star as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. Also in the ensemble are Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason/Metamorpho, and María Gabriela de Faría as Angela Spica/The Engineer.
The first title in a revamped DC slate, the James Gunn-directed Superman: Legacy follows Superman as he looks to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned. Gunn also penned the script, drawing on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. DC Studios co-boss Peter Safran produces the pic slated for release on July 11, 2025.
A Portuguese actress and model well known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, Sampaio most recently starred alongside Monica Barbaro, Diego Boneta and more in Paramount+’s rom-com At Midnight, helmed by Jonah Feingold. Other past credits include dramedy The Clapper with Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried and Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama Billions. Sampaio is repped by Brave Artists Management and Yorn, Levine, Barnes.