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Actor Giancarlo Esposito, known for his appearances in Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian, and The Boys, has revealed he has been in talks with DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn about joining the DCU.
A user on X (formerly Twitter), Mint Doom posted a clip of Esposito saying about his DCU talks during his recent convention appearance at Comic Con Panamá. "I had been talking to James Gunn about the possibility of being in a [DC] movie," Esposito enthused. "So who knows, it could happen soon."
Esposito has previously dabbled in some animated movies for DC, voicing Ra's al Ghul in Son of Batman and Black Spider in Batman: Assault on Arkham. He has gone on to voice Lex Luthor in eight episodes of the Harley Quinn adult animated series.
At a convention in 2022, Esposito shared that he has been in talks with Marvel Studios about potentially starring in the MCU. When asked at the convention which character he would like to play, Esposito expressed a particular interest in portraying Professor X. Since then, Esposito has described what his take on Professor X would be like, noting, "I'd play that character with force, grace, and a calm. Someone who controls the chaos, but someone who also has the ability to uplift and inspire."
James Gunn's Vision for the DCU
Written and directed by James Gunn, Superman: Legacy will be the first film in the DCU's opening chapter, titled "Gods and Monsters." Other films in the revamped DCU overseen by James Gunn and Peter Safran include The Authority, The Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow and Swamp Thing. Five streaming series have also been announced: Creature Commandos, Waller, Lanterns, Paradise Lost and Booster Gold. However, Gunn has confirmed "less than half" of the "Gods and Monsters" projects have been unveiled.
Gunn has recently noted that the DCU will distinguish itself from the MCU with its unique locations. "One of the things that I love about DC, that excites me about DC, is that, in a way, it's another alternate history," Gunn said. "It is Gotham City and Metropolis and Star City and Bludhaven, and all these different places in this other reality, and it makes it a little bit like Westeros in some ways."
Gunn added, "I love it in that way. I love that we get to create true world-building in DC. It isn't just 'we're throwing some superheroes on Earth.' I think right now, that's one of the key differences."
Source: Mint Doom, via X