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Superman: Legacy Adds Another Classic DC Character To Its Roster

The DC train keeps chugging along as DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran continue rounding out the cast of "Superman: Legacy." Just a mere day after announcing three cast members, including Nathan Fillion as a Green Lantern, the highly-anticipated new Man of Steel adventure has added Anthony Carrigan to its ever-growing list of stars. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carrigan will bring Metamorpho to live-action, joining an already stacked roster of DC characters for "Superman: Legacy," which includes Superman (David Corenswet), Lois Lane (Rachen Brosnahan), Hawkgirl (Isabela Merced), Mister Terrific (Edi Gathegi), and Guy Gardner (Fillion). Carrigan is coming off HBO's award-winning series "Barry," playing mafia member NoHo Hank and earning three Emmy nominations in the process. 

First appearing in 1965's "The Brave and the Bold" #57, archaeologist Rex Mason came into contact with an ancient meteor, allowing him to transform parts of his body into different elements. As Metamorpho, he became a superhero, detective, and founding member of The Outsiders. A relatively obscure character within DC Comics, Metamorpho couldn't be in better hands with Gunn, who's proven he's the best in the business at making comic-book characters household names.

Superman: Legacy's cast won't distract from its leads

Anthony Carrigan's casting as Metamorpho is just the latest, with, presumably, more announcements to come as James Gunn rounds out the first installment of his DCU. However, "Superman: Legacy" is starting to feel a little bloated, as the project went from having no cast members to casting Superman, Lois Lane, and four other superheroes — all of which have been Justice League members at one point — in the span of two weeks. 

It's natural to worry that including so many DC characters in one movie may take away from Superman's screen time in his own story. However, Gunn reassures fans that he isn't getting ahead of himself with "Superman: Legacy," saying that every addition to the cast helps build Superman's story, not take away from it. "I've never used one movie to set up another movie," the director wrote on Threads. "The characters are there because they help to tell Superman's story better, not so we can set up separate projects in the franchise. Superman and Lois are the very clear protagonists." 

It's understandable for DC fans to feel worried about "Superman: Legacy" stacking so many superheroes in its cast. Before this latest attempt at a cinematic universe, the DCEU tried to bite off more than it could chew, introducing numerous superheroes as fast as possible to get to a Justice League movie, and we all know how that turned out. While Gunn seems like the man who will break DC's theatrical curse, some fans will undoubtedly be worried until they see Superman in all his glory safely on the big screen.