Batman V Superman: Tao Okamoto Officially Confirmed As Mercy Graves


Via DC Entertainment’s DC All Access trailer breakdown for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have official confirmation that Tao Okamoto’s character is indeed Mercy Graves.  For months, it was only speculated that the actress was playing Lex Luthor’s closest confidant and bodyguard.  However, with DC’s newest video, this casting is no longer hypothetical.  The revelation comes at 2:21 in the video.

Created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, the character of Mercedes “Mercy” Graves III made her first appearance in 1996 in Superman: The Animated Series.  In the show, Mercy Graves is the personal assistant and bodyguard of Lex Luthor.  Originally created solely for television, the character soon became popular and crossed over into comics.  Traditionally, it’s been the other way around, with comics being the source material.

In other animated television shows, Mercy Graves made appearances in The Batman and Young Justice.  In the realm of animated feature films, the character appeared in Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006) and Superman Doomsday (2007).  In live-action, the character was to appear in the canceled Superman Lives movie.  Later, in the television series Smallville, a character based on an amalgam of Mercy Graves and Eve Teschmacher, from the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise, named Tess Mercer was introduced.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a United States release date of March 25, 2016.  It will be directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio from a story by David Goyer and Zack Snyder, and will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Holly Hunter as a United States Senator, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, and Callan Mulvey, Scoot McNairy, and Jena Malone in unspecified roles.

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