Actor Scoot McNairy stars in Batman vs. Superman, this much we know. His casting was announced and there are photos of him on set filming scenes from the movie. What we don’t know is who he plays in the film. We’ve heard reports that McNairy is playing everyone from The Flash to Metallo to Jimmy Olsen. It turns out none of those are true, because now we actually know McNairy’s top secret Batman vs. Superman role. And?…

If you’re looking for some major character in the DC Comics universe, you’re going to be disappointed. McNairy doesn’t play any major Justice League character, and in fact doesn’t really play anyone of consequence. His role is important, but the character isn’t.


According to Latino Review: “McNairy’s wheelchair-bound character will be brought in to testify against Superman to the U.S. Senate, but also becomes a victim of Lex Luthor’s campaign against the Man of Steel. One of Luthor’s schemes in the movie involves turning McNairy’s character into a human bomb of sorts, radicalizing him, in an attempt to get him close to Superman and to hurt him.”

Based on the paparazzi photos we’ve seen so far, we know that McNairy was injured during Superman’s battle with Zod at the end of Man of Steel and lost his legs (McNairy was wearing greenscreen socks pulled up to his knees). You can see McNairy briefly in the Batman vs. Superman trailer here:

That’s him on the right in the Senate room when Superman is called to answer for the destruction of Metropolis. If Lex Luthor is trying to turn him into a human bomb, that seems like an inordinate amount of effort to go through to hurt Superman. If he’s making a bomb, wouldn’t he have access to Kryptonite? And if he has Kryptonite, why doesn’t he just create some other weapon that doesn’t include “radicalizing” another person?

Whatever Lex Luthor’s grand scheme is will become far more clear when Batman vs. Superman opens in theaters on March 25.