The internet is buzzing with news that Giancarlo Esposito has met with James Gunn to discuss the possibility of playing a DCU character. Who could it be? The internet has a few very good guesses.
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In a scene swarming with A-listers known more for hype than heart, 65-year-old actor Giancarlo Esposito brings a different kind of star power. He’s got that authentic swag, not just in front of the camera but also when he’s mingling with the fandom at a comic convention down in LA. This isn’t some Hollywood façade; Esposito is the real deal—doling out unscheduled hugs like they’re going out of style.
But don’t get it twisted. The Mandalorian star is not just riding the wave of his past glories in the Star Wars or Breaking Bad universes. No, he’s got his eyes set on a new frontier, and this time it’s the DC Universe. While X-Men fans have fantasized about him stepping into the Marvel roles of Charles Xavier or Magneto, a seismic shift in the rumour mill suggests something else entirely: a rendezvous with director James Gunn to join the upcoming DCU flick Superman: Legacy.
Queried on the subject at a con, Esposito gave a response shrouded in mystique yet tinged with promise: “James Gunn and I have been in talks. Something could be on the horizon.”
That’s great news for fans, right? But who could he possibly play?
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As you can expect, this is the kind of ambiguous affirmation that fuels fan theories to infinity and beyond. When you consider the expansive roster of the DCU, you get a smorgasbord of roles Giancarlo Esposito could potentially sink his thespian teeth into.
Could he manifest as Commissioner James Gordon or flip the script and bring dark gravitas to Two-Face? Or might he breathe life into the enigmatic Brainiac, adding yet another layer to his complex persona? But hold up, with a new Green Lantern project in the works, could Giancarlo Esposito join the Corps?
Anything is possible.
While Esposito himself has hinted at veering away from his villainous niche, expressing in prior interviews a craving for roles with a more virtuous arc, fans believe he could be the DCU’s Lex Luthor. And he would be the perfect actor to bring back the classic villain in the traditional way (sorry, Jesse). After all, Lex Luthor has been racially ambiguous before. Think Superman: The Animated Series.
Of course, there are also speculations of him portraying newsroom stalwart Perry White or even voicing Martian Manhunter through CGI wizardry. Again, anything is possible.
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Is it official?
No. While everything’s still hovering in the realm of “What if?”, there’s no denying the tantalizing gravity Esposito brings. Whether he suits up as a classic villain, a CGI-rendered alien, or throws a curveball by snagging a role like Alfred, his potential addition is akin to dropping a hypebeast sneaker in a world of knock-offs. Giancarlo Esposito’s prospective entry in the DCU is the sneakerhead equivalent of scoring a limited-edition Air Jordan drop. It’s monumental, coveted, and sure to shift the culture.
We are collectively holding our breath for the official word.
Tell us, do you think Giancarlo Esposito would be great as the DCU’s Lex Luthor?