The older Obsidian will be played by ‘Aliens’ actor Lance Henriksen
With less than a month to go before the Season 2 premiere, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has added yet another new face. But this time it’s not necessarily another new character — rather it’s a younger version of a previously cast character. Producers announced in August that legendary genre actor Lance Henriksen will play Obsidian in the new season. Now it’s been announced that actor Dan Payne will play a younger version of the same character.
Obsidian is usually portrayed as a younger character in the DC Comics world, so fans were a little taken aback when Henriksen’s casting was announced. Of course, Legends of Tomorrow is a show all about time travel, so having an older version of a beloved character makes a fair amount of sense. According to a new report from TVLine, though, it will be Payne’s younger version that we’ll actually meet first.
Obsidian was introduced in the pages of DC Comics in 1983, as the son of original Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott. He has the ability to merge with his own shadow, enveloping his enemies and revealing to them the darker side of their nature.
The character will appear on Legends this year as a member of the Justice Society of America, the World War II era super-team that is expected to play a large role in this season’s story arc.
Payne is a Canadian actor with a long string of television and movie appearances. He previously dabbled in the DC world in his role as Dollar Bill in Scott Snyder’s big screen Watchmen adaptation and had a minor role in Star Trek Beyond earlier this summer.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return for its second season starting on Thursday, October 13 at 8/7 on The CW.