Anthony Carrigan is officially set to make his DC Universe debut as Metamorpho in Superman: Legacy. During a recent interview, the actor expressed his excitement for the role and how he feels connected to the outcast DC hero.
Many DC Universe fans were shocked when it was announced that Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Carrigan would be joining Superman: Legacy as such an obscure hero in Metamorpho. Yet looks can be deceiving, as Carrigan recently teased the depth he hopes to bring to the character along with how badly he’s been wanting to work with Legacy writer-director James Gunn.
“I can’t give away any of those details, but I can just reiterate that I’m so grateful to be part of it. I’ve been wanting to work with James Gunn for such a long time, and this opportunity is the coolest that you could possibly get. I’m so, so grateful.”
Concerning his transformation from bad guy to hero, Carrigan says he’s grateful for the chance, but no matter the nature of the role, he’s constantly searching for ways to ensure his characters aren’t one-dimensional.
“It’s very refreshing to be playing a superhero, finally, but I don’t think it quite matters to me. My favorite game is to, no matter what I’m given, try to find the opposites… See what’s possible in terms of stretching a character in different directions. With all of my characters, I really try to find some sense of authenticity and truth in what I can relate to about the character. With Metamorpho, this is a character who was almost cursed with his powers and thought that he was freakish in terms of what he looked like, and that’s something I could totally relate to because of my alopecia.”
“Alopecia is an interesting experience to go through because it, more than anything, rocks your world when it comes to your identity. You go from someone who moves throughout the world in a way that everyone looks at you and you are who you are, and then all of a sudden, things start to change on your head and on your face. People stop looking at you, and they start looking at your condition, and that is a really alienating, very dehumanizing thing.”
“Villains don’t really accept themselves all that much. Superheroes tend to. There’s this concept of acknowledging one’s journey and leading with love as opposed to bitterness and wishing that you could change.”
It’s certainly powerful to hear how much Anthony Carrigan cares for a character like Metamorpho. While not the biggest name in the DC Universe, it’s a hero that means a lot to so many people, and it certainly seems as though Superman: Legacy is going to honor the character’s history in the comics. Now here’s to hoping James Gunn puts a Terrifics project into production so Carrigan can really STRETCH his acting chops!
What to expect from Superman’s DC Universe debut
Superman: Legacy is a much-anticipated project, given that Clark Kent has been an integral part of the DC Universe for over 80 years, with various iterations and adaptations across different media. The movie promises to explore the character’s origins and his struggles to balance his dual identities as Clark and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world. The choice to focus on the early years of his career is a bold move that could potentially breathe new life into the character and appeal to a younger generation of fans.
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Superman: Legacy is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!