The last we heard about David S. Goyer’s Superman prequel project Krypton was that Syfy had ordered up a pilot. The next step was casting someone to play Kal-El’s granddad, since the series takes place two generations before the baby superhero would be stowed safely in a rocket ship and launched off the unstable title planet. Now, as TV Line reports, that casting has been accomplished in the person of Cameron Cuffe, the up-and-coming British actor who recently starred in Stephen Frears’ feature Florence Foster Jenkins.
We’ll have more on Cuffe and Krypton in our superhero series news round-up below. Oh, and remember when a recent Supergirl promo name-dropped Gotham? Yeah, an executive producer weighs in on the possibilities for a crossover.
And in continuing DC TV news, a new Gotham promo heralds the season’s big bad villain, The Mad Hatter, as played by Benedict Samuel. This preview also includes the first look at his henchmen Tweedledee and Tweedledum. And in the lone bit of Marvel TV news, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. officially confirmed the comic book character identity of the agency’s new director.
Check all of the latest superhero series news out below.
Cameron Cuffe Lands the Lead in ‘Krypton’
Cuffe will star opposite Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod a bit of a star-crossed romance, since Campbell’s character is a member of General Zod’s clan. The cast is also expected to include Seg-El’s father and grandfather, as well as Lyta’s mother, Alura. We’ll keep an ear out for any future super casting on this in-development series.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Confirms the New Director’s Comic Book Identity
On a recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jason O’Mara guest starred as the new director of the agency. But thanks to EW and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, we have confirmation that O’Mara’s character is in fact Jeffrey Mace, a.k.a. the Patriot. In the Marvel comics, Mace was a creation of writer Ray Gill and artist Bill Everett who debuted in The Human Torch # 4 in early 1941. Originally a reporter, he threw on a costume after seeing Captain America in action; he later joined the World War II team the Liberty Legion and even became the third Captain America. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he refers to himself both as a former superhero and as an Inhuman, so we’ll see how his arc pans out the rest of this season.
Here’s what Whedon and Tancharoen had to say about his character:
“We are excited to have the Patriot joining our show, a character who has existed in Marvel Comics for 70 years. Jason O’Mara brings a perfect balance of charm, mystery, heroism and humor.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
‘Gotham’ Promo Introduces the Season 3 Villain: The Mad Hatter
And as a bonus, here’s a look at Tweedledee and Tweedledum (via CBR):
‘Supergirl’ Exec on That Gotham Reference
“We have this beautiful history with DC, and I like that we get to borrow from this amazing, wonderful canon that we have. I feel like we have our hands full with the crossover we’re shooting right now. I think people will be satisfied with how much crossover they’re getting this season.”
So it looks like the closest thing we’ll get to a Gotham crossover is the arrival of Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer, who’s a Metropolis cop who has a romantic relationship with Batwoman in the pages of DC Comics.