Giancarlo Esposito says he’s spoken to James Gunn about a DC role

The Mandalorian
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The Mandalorian actor Giancarlo Esposito has revealed he’s in talks over a DC role.

While speaking at Comic Con Panama over the weekend, Esposito addressed the continuing speculation that he would appear in a superhero movie – with an unexpected admission.

"I have been talking to James Gunn about the possibility of being in a movie – so who knows?" Esposito said.

A handful have already chimed in with fancasts in the replies. Among them are Superman villains Braniac and Lex Luthor. One has even suggested Justice League member Martian Manhunter, which we certainly wouldn’t be against.

The audience member in attendance – Twitter user @swshriv – also claims that Esposito is aware of him being fancast as the likes of Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Mr. Freeze. He also favors playing a hero over a villain – and knows that one day he will be hired for a Marvel and DC project.

James Gunn and co-CEO Peter Safran launched DC Studios’ grand plans to reboot the cinematic universe in January. Titled DCU Chapter One: Gods and Monsters, the first stage of the saga features five movies and five TV shows. Superman: Legacy and new Batman movie The Brave and the Bold are headliners, while we’re also getting a Green Lantern and Wonder Woman TV series, plus a Supergirl movie. 

Where Esposito would fit in, then, is anyone’s guess, but maybe we should let the Breaking Bad actor cook?

For more, check out all the new superhero movies flying your way and our guide on how to watch the DC movies in order. It's slightly more complicated than you think.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.