James Gunn Casts Anthony Carrigan As Metamorpho In ‘Superman: Legacy’

Ever-expanding cast of superheroes.

Ever-expanding cast of superheroes.

James Gunn Casts Anthony Carrigan As Metamorpho In 'Superman: Legacy'

Superman: Legacy adds to its ever-expanding cast as James Gunn has cast Anthony Carrigan as the DC superhero Metamorpho, aka archeologist-turned-hero Rex Mason.

DC fans might recognize Carrigan as he played the villain Victor Zsasz on Gotham, and the 40-year-old actor is also known for the Barry TV series.

Since James Gunn is ditching Comic Con this year, the Superman: Legacy casting announcements have been going out through the trades, where Anthony Carrigan spoke about getting cast in the DCU.

“It’ll certainly be a bit of a jump,” Carrigan told Variety of playing Metamorpho whose powers include the ability to reshape parts or the whole of his body including stretching, bouncing, elongating, and reforming himself like rubber or plastic. “I’m excited just to shake things up. Noho Hank is such a specific character, and I’m excited to play someone completely different and surprise people with just being unrecognizable.”

Carrigan added, “I was able to find things that I just love about the character — he’s so low key incredible, I’m surprised that more people haven’t heard of him. I think he’s one of the coolest characters out there, so to get to bring him to light is something really special and it’s also really, really unique.”

Anthony Carrigan also spoke with Deadline.

“I’m gobsmacked,” Carrigan said about getting cast in Superman: Legacy. “I think it’s just such an exciting new chapter, and such an exciting new chapter for DC. I think this movie has the potential to just really knock everyone’s socks off, and with James Gun at the helm, I think it’s just going to be so much fun.”

Carrigan added, “I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m honored to be playing this part, and I’m playing a hero. So, on top of everything, that’s pretty rad.”

James Gunn also tweeted about the casting.

“I am unbelievably excited for Metamorpho (and this opportunity to work with Anthony Carrigan),” said Gunn.

Carrigan also spoke with THR.

“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 said. “I remember seeing Metamorpho and I think he had like a giant like hammer for a hand and I was like, that guy’s badass. Noted. We’ll store that one away.” 

Carrigan also said that playing the character is meaningful as a member of the alopecia community.

“This character from what I’ve learned of the source material, he didn’t like the way he looked, and I can really relate to that,” he added. “You know, when he got his powers he thought it was a curse. That’s something that I really felt as well. In my case, I turned it around and saw it as a blessing. So I’m excited to bring that to the table with this character.”

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David Corenswet as Superman fan art

Superman: Legacy expands its cast

Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho joins the recent casting news of Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern Guy Gardner.

Superman: Legacy gets released on July 11, 2025, with David Corenswet playing the Man of Steel and Clark Kent, Rachel Brosnahan is playing Lois Lane, and it is said a search is underway for additional characters including Lex Luthor, with Bradley Cooper, Alexander Skarsgard, Bill Skarsgard, and Daniel Craig up to play Lex Luthor.

The film is officially described as telling the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice, and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

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