James Gunn’s ‘Superman: Legacy’ Adds Maria Gabriela De Faria As Villain The Engineer

James Gunn is filling out the already large cast of Superman: Legacy, with attention now turning to the villain squad the Man of Steel will battle against. Deadline confirms that Gunn has cast Venezuelan actress Maria Gabriela de Faria in the role of Angela Spica aka The Engineer, a villain who first appeared in the pages of The Authority.  The character will be part of a larger team of baddies, but the other members are unclear at this point.

De Faria joins a cast led by David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman, with 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.

This will be the biggest role of De Faria’s career. Her first major exposure was in the short-lived comic book series Deadly Class, and since she has landed roles on Fox sitcoms Animal Control and The Moodys.

The Engineer was created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch and introduced in 1999’s The Authority #1. Her powers stem from nanotechnology built into her body.

Gunn recently confirmed that Superman: Legacy will continue with its original July 11th 2025 release date, even after the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes caused a delay in production. The film is the launch title in Gunn’s rebooted DCU, which takes the place of the defunct Snyderverse created by Zack Snyder. In this version of Superman, the Kryptonian hero will seek to reconcile his heritage with his human upbringing.

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