With James Gunn taking the helm for Superman: Legacy fans were wondering which of his friends were going to be showing up in the film. We don’t have any word on Michael Rooker or Shawn Gunn’s roles yet, but the movie has cast Nathan Fillion in a fan-favorite part.
According to Variety, Fillion has been cast as Green Lantern in Superman: Legacy, and not just any GL, but Guy Gardner. We don’t have any further details about Fillion’s version of Guy, but Gunn did tease that he could be getting his signature bowl cut from the comics, saying, ‘Giving my old pal Nate a bowl cut might have been my primary reason for casting him.’
Though fans are usually familiar with Jon Stewart or Hal Jordan as Green Lanterns, Guy Gardner was a prominent figure in the 80s. Not the most heroic Lantern, Guy is considered a hot-head jerk whose heart is in the right place. Knowing Fillion’s penchant for comedic characters, it’s very likely his Gardner will be played for laughs, but we’ll just have to wait and see how he plays out onscreen.
I guess it’s also worth noting that Fillion did play TDK in Gunn’s Suicide Squad which is already set in the DCU, but since he kept his helmet on the whole time, I’m sure not too many people will be irked that Fillion will also be playing Guy Gardner.
Besides Fillion, the film has also cast other heroes including Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) as Hawkgirl and Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) as Mr. Terrific; the movie has also cast Anthony Carrigan (Barry) as the shapeshifter Metamorpho. They’ll all be joining a cast which includes Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane and David Corenswet as Superman/Clark Kent.
Superman: Legacy is slated for a release in theaters on July 11, 2025.