James Gunn is continuing to cook! It has been revealed that Engineer, one of the members of The Authority, will be in Superman: Legacy. Also, the character will be played by María Gabriela de Faría.
From Deadline, here’s what their article reported:
María Gabriela de Faría, the Venezuelan actress best known for roles in Fox comedies Animal Control and The Moodys, has landed a breakout part on the film side, joining the cast of James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy.
Her character is Angela Spica aka The Engineer. Part of the Warner/DC flick’s villain team, Angie’s powers stem from nanotechnology built into her body. Created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, she’s the second DC character to bear the name of The Engineer and was first introduced in The Authority vol.1 #1 in 1999.
The first title in a revamped DC slate, marking Gunn’s first directorial effort as co-head of DC Studios, Superman: Legacy will follow Superman as he looks to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned. Others in the ensemble, as previously announced, include David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Rex Mason/Metamorpho.
It has slipped my mind that James Gunn was setting up The Authority, and having Engineer be the villain is such an interesting choice. Engineer isn’t a villain of Superman, but if you read the comics, the match-up is pretty damn good. I honestly can’t wait to see how everything plays out because this is great.
Here’s a summary of Engineer from DC:
Angela “Angie” Spica was born in Queens, the youngest child of seven. Her family wasn’t rich but they were happy, her father was a bus driver and her mother worked in a launderette.
From a young age Angie was obsessed with superheroes. While dreaming of becoming a superhero, Angie became the smartest child in her school, she was building circuit-boards while other children in her class were still playing with toys.
After the first Engineer was killed, Angela “Angie” Spica’s home computer filled up with all his nanotechnology notes and started linking it to her work in human-machine fusion. Spica had known him in real life, but she didn’t know he was the Engineer until then. She distilled an incalculable number of intelligent devices into nine pints of liquid machinery and replaced her blood with it. This nanotechnology gives her vast mechanical abilities: the liquid metal covers her body at will, allows her to fly and to create many things, such as radio-telepathy bugs, weaponry, rocket engines, replacement lungs to cope with unfamiliar atmospheres and even additional copies of herself.
Superman: Legacy is set to release on July 11, 2025.