HOT RUMOR: Callan Mulvey Playing KGBeast In ‘Batman v Superman’

I find it odd that people still ask me about this one considering it’s been previously speculated. Callan Mulvey is indeed rumored to be playing Luthor’s Russian right hand man Anatoli Knyazev aka the KGBeast based on what I’m hearing from sources.

Devin Faraci first reported we will be seeing Knyazev in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

At any rate, one of Luthor’s agents has a name, and that name is Anatoli Knyazev. Hardcore fans will recognize that as the name of the KGBeast, a Batman villain introduced in 1988’s classic Ten Nights of the Beast storyline. In that story the Beast, an enhanced agent of the KGB, came to the US to kill ten targets, and he did it with extreme measures, including poisoning an entire 200 person dinner party to get one guy. He battled Batman to a standstill, and at one point when entangled in the Batrope the KGBeast cut off his own hand to escape.

As Devin also stated, we won’t be getting the comic book version of KGBeast. Knyazev is the badass that reportedly keeps tabs on the metahumans in the movie. Having Knyazev is I think a very cool easter egg and throwback.

I absolutely loved Ten Nights Of The Beast when it first dropped in comic book stores. I still own the original four issues to this very day. Batman #417-420. From the Mike Zeck covers, to the tight plotting, in my opinion I thought KGBeast was Batman’s toughest foe who matched him in both brains and brawn. That is until Bane came along just a few years later. KGBeast became a bum that Bane smacked around in prison in Vengeance of Bane.

Umberto Gonzalez

Umberto Gonzalez

Umberto Gonzalez has been covering the fanboy beat & breaking scoops for 14 years with numerous Hollywood trade, newspaper, & magazine mentions to his credit.