HBO Max has cast Riverdale’s KJ Apa and 1883’s Isabel May as Zan and Jayna, respectively, in the upcoming live-action DC comedy The Wonder Twins.
As reported by Deadline, Apa and May will play alien siblings from the planet Exxor. In the past, Zan was a shapeshifter and Jayna was able to take the forms of various animals.
KJ Apa in Riverdale and Isabel May in 1883
They made their debut on The All-New Super Friends Hour, and would continue on to appear in The World’s Greatest Super Friends, Super Friends, Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show, Smallville, Teen Titans Go!, and The Flash.
The siblings were informally trained by other DC superheroes and a comic from 1977 by E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ramona Fradon revealed they were “orphaned during a plague and adopted by the alien Exorians.”
They would continue their journey by heading to Earth after they discover Grax is bent on destroying it. Zan and Jayna’s goal was to warn the Justice League and they eventually make a life among humans as Swedish exchange students who attend Gotham City High School. Oh, and they also travel with a space-monkey sidekick named Gleek.
Black Adam and Rampage co-writer Adam Sztykiel is writing and directing The Wonder Twins, and production is set to begin this summer in Atlanta.
Alongside Riverdale, Apa has starred in Songbird, The Hate U Give, A Dog’s Purpose, and I Still Believe. May has also starred in Alexa & Kate and Young Sheldon.
If you want to learn more about The Wonder Twins, be sure to check out the reboot comic that was released in 2019. In our review, we said, “This series retains the campy charm of these two teen heroes while sprucing them up for a contemporary audience. This first issue manages to be both sweetly innocent and self-aware at the same time.”
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