KJ Apa And Isabel May To Activate Their Powers As HBO Max’s ‘The Wonder Twins’

by Erik Amaya

Riverdale‘s KJ Apa will literally be a tall drink of water.

Deadline reports The CW star and 1883‘s Isabel May will headline HBO Max’s upcoming film adaptation, The Wonder Twins. Black Adam co-writer Adam Sztykiel will write and direct the film with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing.

Created by Norman Maurer for The All-New Super Friends Hour, Zan (Apa in the film) and Jayna (May) are two aliens from the planet Exxor who could shape-shift into any animal (Jayna) or state of water (Zan). Like Wendy and Marvin before them, they were self-insert characters for the viewers at home. But thanks to their powers, they could participate more directly in Super Friends adventures. Also along for their run was the Gleek the space monkey, who took his cues from Speed Racer‘s Chim-Chim and other trouble-making animal sidekicks. The character appeared in the Super Friends comics of the time and eventually entered mainstream DC Comics continuity in the 1990s, although appearances were often sporadic. The pair resurfaced in a celebrated Wonder Twins comic book by Mark Russell and Stephen Byrn in 2019. It is unclear if the film will be based on that run, but we imagine it will influence Sztykiel’s script to some extent.

It is also unclear how quickly the project will go into production, but with DC Entertainment still intending to deliver two DC branded films per year to HBO Max, it is possible this will be fast-tracked for a 2023 release. The swiftness in casting — word of the film only broke back in Mid-February — definitely suggests a certain priority in shooting quickly; no doubt occurring while Apa is on break from Riverdale.

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