Riverdale Actor to Star In DC Superhero Movie, The Wonder Twins

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Wonder Twins KJ Apa

While Warner Bros. work through the details of its merger with Discovery, the company’s cache of DC projects continues to expand in multiple universes. Much of this is taking place outside of the DCEU, with HBO Max confirming development for projects centered on lesser-known characters that haven’t gotten their time in the spotlight, including the long-standing Wonder Twins.

Only a couple of months ago, news revealed that Black Adam writer Adam Sztykiel was set to write and direct the Wonder Twins’ first leading appearance, following his work with Dwayne Johnson on Black Adam. As DC trends toward utilizing younger new heroes such as Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, along with reports of an Aqualad project being in the works, this dynamic duo seems to fit in perfectly with what’s on the way.

As is the case with both Batgirl and Dead Boy Detectives before it, there is no timeframe for when The Wonder Twins will premiere on HBO Max. This one appears to be even further behind in development, as there are no official announcements regarding who will actually star in the film - that is, until now.

DC Finds its Wonder Twins

KJ Apa, Isabel May
KJ Apa, Isabel May

The Wrap revealed Warner Bros. has tapped KJ Apa and Isabel May to play the titular heroes Zan and Jayna in The Wonder Twins, which is set for release on HBO Max.

Apa is known for his time as Archie Andrews on Riverdale, while May's biggest credits come on the CBS series Young Sheldon. The Wonder Twins features Black Adam writer Adam Sztykiel as its writer and director, and production is set to begin this summer.

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New Kids on the DC/HBO Max Block

Both Apa and May are just getting started with their acting careers, with the biggest credits for both of them coming in the currently running Riverdale (which also stars Peacemaker's Lochlyn Munro) and 1883. Now, they'll look to team up in their first project together as they give life to a fan-favorite duo in DC's Wonder Twins.

As for the characters themselves, Zan and Jayna are a set of alien siblings with transformational abilities, which are activated, appropriately, when they say "Wonder Twin power, activate!" They've seen minimal screen time in other DC-based projects like Tom Welling's Smallville and The Flash from the Arrowverse, but this will be their first opportunity to take on their own solo story.

At the moment, Wonder Twins' connection to any other DC projects in the pipeline is a mystery, but getting actors with the star power of Apa and May will help no matter what decision comes on that front. Now, as Warner Bros. looks to begin filming sometime this summer, fans wait to find out more news on who will join these two both in front of the camera and behind it.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.