Brandon Routh To Lead Netflix's Magic: The Gathering Animated Series

The former Superman Returns and Legends of Tomorrow star is now a Planeswalker.


Netflix is going big on game-related animated series with shows like Castlevania, Dota: Dragon's Blood, and Dragon's Dogma. Next up is an animated series based on the popular collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, and actor Brandon Routh is set to star, according to Collider.

The information comes directly from Magic: The Gathering maker Wizards of the Coast via its Tuesday Magic Showcase 2021 event. The series will tell the story of Routh's character, Gideon Jura, and Jace Beleren. According to MTG lore, Gideon and Jace are Planeswalkers, who are powerful magic users in the Magic: The Gathering universe. Gideon is a major player in the world of Magic and played a large role in the novel War of the Spark: Ravinica by Greg Weismann.

We'll learn "how they met," said Wizard' principal designer for franchise development, Daniel Ketchum. "We'll get to see them road-trip through the multiverse, right some wrongs. We'll also see where their relationship goes sour." A prequel novel is also on the way according to Ketchum. While the series will have plenty of material for veteran Magic players, Ketchum says that newcomers won't feel left out.

While plot details are light, the show is pretty far into development. Ketchum said during the segment that all scripts are locked in, all roles cast, and that much of the first season's voiceover is already recorded. Routh is best known for his roles in Superman/Clark Kent in Superman Returns, Todd Ingram in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Ray Palmer/The Atom across many of DC's shows, including Legends of Tomorrow.

Magic: The Gathering is set to hit Netflix sometime in late 2022.

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