Exclusive: Batman/Superman To Feature Mercy Graves: Lex Luthor's Amazonian Bodyguard
Cosmic Book News has been tipped off from the same source that gave us the Bryan Cranson cast as Lex Luthor news that the new Batman/Superman movie set to star Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill will feature the DC Comics character Mercy Graves.
We have no other information in regards to how the character will be used in the movie, but Mercy Graves first appeared in Superman: The Animated Series back in 1996, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, as the bodyguard and chauffeur of Lex Luthor.
Mercy Graves' first comic book appearance was in Detective Comics #735, in the Batman storyline "No Man's Land," where another female bodyguard for Lex Luthor was also introduced by the name of Hope.
The storyline revealed the duo went toe-to-toe with Superman, with it coming out in later issues of Justice League: Cry For Justice that Mercy Graves is a member of the Amazons, the all-female warrior nation that Wonder Woman belongs to.
We can speculate that David Goyer and Zack Snyder will continue with their theme of using strong female roles in the DC movies much the same they did with the Faora, played by Antje Traue, considered a breakout performance by many in Man of Steel.
Obviously the potential use of Amazons in the Batman/Superman movies begs the questions whether or not Wonder Woman will make an appearance or cameo. David Goyer recently stated he would like to do a Wonder Woman film.
The character Mercy was also featured in episodes of Smallville as Lex Luthor's "#2," which was more an amalgam of many different DC comic book characters with Tess Mercer.
The sequel to "Man of Steel" goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.