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Titans Casts Lex Luthor's Bodyguard, Mercy Graves

DC Universe's Titans reportedly further expand its cast in Season 2 with the addition of Mercy Graves, the formidable bodyguard of iconic villain Lex Luthor.

According to Deadline, Doctor Who and Jekyll and Hyde actress Natalie Gumede will play the role, described by the streaming service as "the ruthless, cunning, right hand and bodyguard to the notorious Lex Luthor – serving her boss with unquestioned loyalty. Her connection to the Luthors runs deep, as Mercy has been a friend of the family and in Lex’s life since they were young.”

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Gumede is only the latest addition for the second season of the live-action drama, following the casting of Esai Morales as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, Chella Man as Joseph Wilson/Jericho, Iain Glen as Bruce Wayne, Chelsea T. Zhang as Rose Wilson/Ravager and Joshua Orpin as Superboy.

Introduced in 1996 on Superman: The Animated Series, Mercy was the former leader of a female gang of thieves who became Lex Luthor's personal bodyguard and chauffeur after she stole his briefcase. She's a highly trained hand-to-hand combatant who's trusted with Lex's personal security, and with carrying out his dirty work.

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The character, who was introduced in 1999 into DC comics continuity, has also appeared on Young Justice and The Batman, and in the animated movies Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Superman: Doomsday, The Death of Superman and Reign of the Superman. Mercy is played by Rhona Mitra on Supergirl, and was portrayed by Tao Okamoto in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In addition to Jekyll and Hyde, and the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, Gumede's credits include Coronation Street and Free Rein.

Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans Season 1 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, with Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd.

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