Despite only being a week from release, we still don’t know who Scoot McNairy’ is playing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman villain Metallo, Justice League founder Green Lantern and, most recently, a French magazine listing him as Jimmy Olsen, Superman’s best pal, have all been reported.
With the movie’s New York premiere this Sunday, Flickering Myth has seen the red carpet talent list – the notes distributed to the press so they know what to ask the actors about as they walk past. Scoot McNairy is listed as “Wallace Keefe”.
Who? Nobody in Batman or Superman lore shares the Wallace Keefe name. The closest resemblance we could find was in Batman #107 from April 1957 in its story ‘Robin Falls in Love!’, where Ben Keefe is a jewel thief masquerading as a press photographer.
This directly disproves that McNairy is playing Jimmy Olsen, but not another rumour. Latino Review reported in February that his character is an anonymous pawn in Lex Luther’s plan, and was left handicapped after Superman and Zod’s fight in Metropolis at the end of Man of Steel. Luthor is said to use this man’s hatred of Superman to “weaponise” him and use him as a “human bomb”.
ComicBook.com theorised from this description that McNairy was playing a character from the comics called Jose Delgado, who also goes by the name Gangbuster. Following an accident where he protected Lois Lane and lost the ability to walk, he was given a metallic suit that gave him enhanced abilities – however it was soon revealed that Luthor was controlling the suit for his own will and used Gangbuster as his own personal weapon.
As for who, exactly, Wallace Keefe is, we’ll have to wait until the movie is released.
UPDATE: Here’s a clip featuring McNairy alongside Holly Hunter’s Senator Finch and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel…
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 is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) and Christina Wren (Carrie Farris) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as The Flash, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth, Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch, Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) as Mercy Graves, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Martha Wayne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Thomas Wayne, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Wallace Keefe and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) and Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.