Art by Prentis Rollins (2017, Commissioned by Tim Board)

Jul 12, 2023

DCU Hawkgirl: Isabela Merced

Big Announcement from DCU James Gunn!

   There was big news in Hawkworld today: in a surprise announcement, we found out that Isabela Merced was cast as Hawkgirl for James Gunn's Superman Legacy. The Superman movie is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025, which means we have a two-year wait before we see the first Hawkgirl to soar across the movie screen.
   We have no details on what her role will be in the movie. Two other heroes were also announced with Hawkgirl: Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific and Nathan Fillion as GL Guy Gardner. This seems like a completely random, mishmash group of heroes who have all never been on the same team before, and how they come into Superman's story is anyone's guess. We'll have to wait for more details to come out as the release date gets closer. But James Gunn confirmed it himself on Instagram yesterday. 

   Meanwhile, who is Isabela Merced? She is a 22-year-old American from Cleveland, Ohio. She has been active in TV and movie roles since 2013 and has had roles in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019), Rosaline (2022), and many other roles. Also, she is scheduled to appear in three movies next year; Madame Web, Turtles All the Way Down, and an untitled Alien movie. You can check out her Wikipedia page here. 

   Merced herself posted the news on her Instagram. She posted Jim Lee's art of Kendra Saunders. Kendra is Hispanic in the comics and Merced's mother is Peruvian, so it appears that Kendra will be the role she will take on. 

Here are some articles on the announcement:
Superman: Legacy's Isabela Merced Breaks Silence on Hawkgirl Casting 
James Gunn casts Guy Gardner, Hawkgirl, and Mr Terrific for Superman: Legacy 
Superman: Legacy Chooses Its Hawkgirl and Mister Terrific—and a Green Lantern 
James Gunn Breaks Silence on Superman: Legacy Casting Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and Mister Terrific 
SUPERMAN: LEGACY Adds Isabela Merced As Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi As Mr. Terrific & Nathan Fillion As Guy Gardner  

   Lots of fans are talking about it over on Hawkworld Facebook as well! Come join the discussion and let us know what you think of this casting announcement!

Isabela Merced is Hawkgirl!

   As I did after the announcement of Aldis Hodge as Hawkman in the Black Adam movie, I will update this article and put the most recent news on the top, so we can travel together through the next two years as we watch Isabela Merced become Hawkgirl! Exciting times are ahead! Stay tuned! 

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