Former ‘Minority Report’ star will be a series regular in season 2 as Citizen Steel
Even before its first season ended, casting reports indicated that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow would be adding two new heroes to the Waverider crew in season 2. Now we now that one of them will be Citizen Steel, a character with a long family legacy.
Actor Nick Zano, who was last seen as the lead in FOX’s Minority Report, will play Dr. Nate Heywood next season on Legends of Tomorrow. Described as “a historian whose grandfather was Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America,” producers are apparently playing coy on whether Heywood will become a superhero himself (but c’mon, we know he will).
In the comics, Steel/Commander Steel was a short-lived Golden Age World War II hero with steel implants that gave him superhuman strength. In 1984, the mantle was passed to his grandson, Henry Heywood III, who was killed in battle as a member of the Justice League Detroit.
A second grandson, Nathan Heywood, was introduced in 2007 as a member of the relaunched Justice Society of America. A former athlete-turned-amputee, Heywood accidentally gained the Steel powers when the villain Reichsmark spat metallic blood on him.
The original casting call for the role on Legends of Tomorrow described Heywood thusly: “a male in his late-20s to mid-30s is being sought to play a guy who grew up in the shadow of his World War II hero grandfather and has used a Han Solo-like facade to conceal his insecurity — until, that is, the development of super powers enables him to love up to his family legacy.”
The other new team member was described as a “female member of an elite paramilitary team living in the 1940s. An African-American, she is scrutinized in her time for both her gender and race and thus has worked twice as hard to be a perfect soldier. That said, she blames herself for — and aims to avenge — the death of a team member for whom she had repressed feelings.” Most fans believe this description fits comic character Lady Blackhawk.