“Titans” Season 2: Natalie Gumede Cast as Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor’s Bodyguard/Assistant

Only a few hours ago, we were discussing how fans of DC Universe‘s live-action Titans series are still in the dark about what to expect from the show’s second season (or when exactly the show will premiere, for that matter). Until now, we’ve relied on the cast’s love of social media to get us through – but now, we have some real news: Natalie Gumede (Doctor Who Christmas Special, Jekyll & Hyde) is joining the DC Universe original series in the recurring role of Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor’s more-than-formidable bodyguard and ruthless right hand.

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Gumede’s Mercy Graves is the ruthless, cunning, right hand and bodyguard to the notorious Lex Luthor – serving her boss with unquestioned loyalty. Her connection to the Luthors runs deep, as Mercy has been a friend of the family and in Lex’s life since they were young. Interestingly enough, the character’s origin story doesn’t begin in the comics – Mercy Graves first appeared in a 1996 episode of Superman: The Animated Series.

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So let’s see: we have Joshua Orpin (The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories) confirmed as Conner Kent/Superboy – with Krypto riding shotgun – and now Gumede’s Mercy Graves in play. With Metropolis in play in the video below (the season finale teaser for “The Boy of Steel”) and a “Kryptonian” of questionable parentage (avoding spoilers here) walking around, one question must be asked.

When are we getting Lex Luthor… and Superman?

Orpin’s Conner Kent/Superboy and Krypto were first teased at the end of the first-season finale of Titans, which begins in a lab in Metropolis – or at least what used to be a lab. Now a scene of utter destruction and chaos – with alarms at full blast and bodies of doctors and scientists strewn everywhere – there appears to be only one survivor.

As the mysterious “man” makes his way through the lab, a tattoo on his shoulder is revealed:

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Yup, that’s right Young Justice fans: Superboy has entered the game – and he’s not alone! So what’s that he’s looking for in that lab anyway? What any any scared, lonely kid would look for…their dog:

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Orpin’s Conner Kent/Superboy is the angsty teenager of steel searching for purpose and the truth about his past. While looking for answers, he crashes into the world of the Titans where he finds an unlikely home and surrogate family as well as revelations that carry more complications than he ever bargained for.

DC Universe’s ‘Titans’ Season 2

Here’s a look at some more new faces joining DC Universe’s Titans season 2, set to premiere (hopefully) in late 2019:

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● After decades of fighting crime as Batman, Iain Glen‘s (Game of Thrones) billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.

● Esai Morales’ (Ozark) Slade Wilson is known for being DC’s deadliest assassin. While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.

● Daughter of the deadly assassin Deathstroke, Chelsea T. Zhang‘s (Andi Mack) Rose Wilson was forced to undergo the same procedure that granted her father nearly superhuman abilities, becoming a weapon known as Ravager. Ever resentful, she seeks out the Titans not only for their protection but to get back at her father. Knowing how dangerous it is to be the offspring of their deadliest foe, the Titans take her in but that doesn’t necessarily mean they trust her.

● Mute after his father failed to rescue him from having his vocal cords severed by assassins, Chella Man‘s (YouTube influencer/activist) Jericho has the unique ability to possess anyone just by making eye contact.

DC Universe’s Titans stars Brenton Thwaites (Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin), Anna Diop (Koriand’r / Kory Anders / Starfire), Teagan Croft (Rachel Roth / Raven), Ryan Potter (Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy), Minka Kelly (Dawn Granger / Dove), Alan Ritchson (Hank Hall / Hawk), Curran Walters (Jason Todd / Robin), and Conor Leslie (Donna Troy / Wonder Girl).

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