Now that the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, actors are now able to freely share details about their projects. In a recent interview with io9, David Harbour discussed his role as Eric Frankenstein in Creature Commandos, the forthcoming animated series that marks the inaugural project within the new DC Universe.
David Harbour expressed admiration for the character of Frankenstein, both in literature and within the Creature Commandos series. “The most interesting thing to me about Frankenstein’s monster in general is that he was created to be this sort of erudite, intellectual, romantic, brilliant person, and he winds up being a monster,” Harbour said. “I mean, that complexity can make for some pretty ripe comedy and also pathos—that a guy who considers himself one thing, is viewed by others as something very different. That’s the broadest, most mysterious way I can put it, because all I know is the scripts are really good. What we recorded is really great. I’ve seen the art, James is a genius. I think it’s going to be really fun and really exciting, and it opens up a whole new door to the DC Universe of how these characters will occupy the world. I like the concept of a live action and cartoon back and forth.”
In the upcoming DC Universe, consistency across various media formats will be maintained, ensuring that actors portray their roles consistently. Consequently, if Eric Frankenstein transitions to live-action, David Harbour will continue to portray the character. The method of bringing the character to life, whether through CGI or prosthetics, remains uncertain, but Harbour is down for it no matter what. “I’m definitely down for it,” Harbour said. “I just love telling great stories that people love. I’m just happy to get back to work.“
Alongside David Harbour, the ensemble cast of Creature Commandos features Frank Grillo as Rick Flag Sr., Indira Varma as The Bride, Maria Bakalova as Princess Ilana Rostovic, Alan Tudyk as Dr. Phosphorus, Zoe Chao as Nina Mazursky, Steve Agee as John Economos, and Sean Gunn as Weasel.
The inaugural installment of the DCU is named “Gods and Monsters.” Peter Safran, co-head of DC Studios, revealed, “As we craft the plan for DC Studios, we are thrilled to share with fans the first 10 stories they can expect from the unified DC Universe featuring some of our most well-known characters as well as the next generation of marquee characters.” He added: “Chapter 1 tells cohesive stories that highlight love, compassion, and the innate goodness of the human spirit, all designed to minimize audience confusion and maximize audience engagement across platforms.”
Creature Commandos is anticipated to debut on Max in the upcoming year.