A few months later, Warner Bros. debuted another exclusive trailer during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and released it online. Through this trailer, we were also given a first look at Tao Okamoto‘s role in the film, whose identity has yet to be unveiled until now.
According to comingsoon.net, DC All Access revealed in their latest episode that Okamoto is playing Mercy Graves, a character originally created for “Superman: The Animated Series”.
Mercy Graves is a fictional character voiced by Lisa Edelstein in 1996 on “Superman: The Animated Series”. She is the personal assistant and bodyguard of Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor. Similar to Harley Quinn and Livewire, Mercy Graves has since crossed over into comic books and is part of the DC Universe. She was later brought into DC Comics’ continuity and was a heavy influence on Cassidy Freeman’s “Smallville” character, Tess Mercer (which combined Mercy with the “Superman: The Movie” character, Valerie Perrine’s Eve Tessmacher).
Graves’ appearance in the film has been rumoured for some time, but DC Entertainment has finally confirmed that she will be portrayed by Okamoto, making it her first official live-action appearance.
This won’t be the first time Okamoto is portraying a role in a superhero film as she has portrayed the female lead in James Mangold “The Wolverine”. She also played Chiyo, a sharpshooter and the attendant of Hannibal Lecter’s aunt on the 3rd season of NBC’s “Hannibal“.
She will be teaming up with Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
The film also stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane will return to star their respective “Man of Steel” roles while Jason Momoa is expected to make a cameo appearance as Aquaman.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. It is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer, and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is slated for release on 25th March 2016.