James Gunn’s “Superman: Legacy” Cast Shaping Up With Nathan Fillion Joining in a Key Role
Nathan Fillion, welcome to Metropolis.
Fillion has now joined the cast of James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy as Guy Gardner, a member of the Green Lantern Corps in the comics. Fillion and Gunn have collaborated a bunch, including in Gunn’s final Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3. We haven’t seen any members of the Green Lantern Corps since the Ryan Reynolds-led Green Lantern, which came out in 2011 and didn’t live up to expectations.
Fillion joins newly minted cast members Isabela Merced, Edi Gathegi, and Anthony Carrigan. Merced has joined the cast as Hawkgirl, a fearless, winged hero. A version of Hawkgirl was initially slated to appear in a sequel to Black Adam alongside Dwayne Johnson, but with James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new-look DC Studios, those plans are off, and a new vision, which is being launched with Superman: Legacy, will now feature this version played by Merced. Gathegi will play Mr. Terrific, the hyper-intelligent superhero who draws his powers from his ingenious inventions. This is the first time Mr. Terrific has made an appearance on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter scooped that Barry standout Anthony Carrigan will be playing DC hero Metamorpho, also known as the archeologist Rex Mason. Metamorpho can transmute elements of his body into numerous forms.
“I like comic books, but I’m not a diehard, but I did when all my hair fell out, go through the kind of pantheon of all of these bald superheroes and supervillains and made note of all of them,” Carrigan told THR. “I remember seeing Metamorpho, and I think he had like a giant hammer for a hand, and I was like, that guy’s badass. Noted. We’ll store that one away.”
All of the above characters, hardly as well known as the likes of Superman, Batman, and the rest of the pantheon, are exactly the types of superheroes that Gunn loves to deploy, whether it’s the cosmic misfits in Marvel’s Guardians trilogy or the roster of oddballs in DC Studios’ The Suicide Squad, the man loves a lesser-known superhero.
The stars of the film are David Corenswet as Clark Kent and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane. Gunn is reintroducing a younger Superman, the first refresh on the most iconic character in the DC canon since Henry Cavill starred in Zack Snyder’s 2013 Man of Steel. Gunn’s story will focus on Superman’s early years as he tries to figure out how to balance his life as a Daily Planet reporter in goofy glasses alongside being the most powerful person on the planet.
Casting has only just begun, but these major pieces are in place, and pre-production is in full swing. We’ll keep you updated when we learn more.
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Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 02: Nathan Fillion attends the Warner Bros. premiere of “The Suicide Squad” at Regency Village Theatre on August 02, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)