In three weeks, two days, and a handful of hours, I will be sitting in the movie theater waiting for the lights to go down and Batman vs Superman to begin.
Excitement levels for that day have been steadily rising for a while — to put it in context, I'm (slightly) more excited than if I won a month's supply of crunchy peanut butter, but less excited than if DC announced an R-rated, live-action Killing Joke — but they just went through the roof with the news that DC has cast two key players in their extended universe.
First up, Doomsday will be voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, who is no stranger to the world of superheroes. Downes voiced Glorian in Avengers Assemble, Cham Syndulla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, various characters in Thundercats, Abomination, and Mister Fantastic in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Gentleman Ghost in Justice League Unlimited.
Check out Downes in action as Cham Syndulla in Rebels:
Long story short, you don't know his face, but you've almost certainly heard his voice. Next up is the news that DC has cast Mera, the aquatic Goddess.
If for some reason you need a refresher, Mera is the wife of Aquaman, who we know will feature (probably briefly) in Batman vs Superman, played by the quite handsome and slightly well-built Jason Momoa.
Mera's story arc in DC's New 52 comics is actually quite interesting: Mera and her husband find themselves outcast from Atlantis (which could explain their presence in this movie and Justice League, far from home) and Mera finds herself succumbing to the dark forces of anger, hate, and vengeance.
The Machete Kills and Magic Mike XXL actress Amber Heard will reportedly take a well-deserved break from being Johnny Depp's wife to play Mera in Justice League: Part One and Part Two — talks are currently ongoing with nothing confirmed just yet.
Right now nobody seems quite sure how Aquaman fits into DC's Extended Universe, but with the casting of Mera and the possibility of borrowing the New 52's "outcast from Atlantis" arc, it seems like the aquatic God might not be the butt of every fanboy joke for much longer.
You might even say he'll be swimming in praise, but then you'd have made a terrible pun. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hits US theaters on March 25th. Will you be there to witness the beginning of DC's reign?