Jason O'Mara, who is known for voicing the DC comic book character Batman in several movie adaptations produced by Warner Bros., has joined the team of ABC's superhero series, "Agents of SHIELD." Marvel recently confirmed that O'Mara will replace Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new director of SHIELD.
As reported by Cosmic Book News, Jeph Loeb, the executive producer of the show and Marvel's Head of Television, said: "Bringing Jason into the mix as the New Director of SHIELD forces everyone, particularly Coulson, to reevaluate their role in the Agency. Jason has both the physical presence and acting dynamics that will connect with and challenge even the most loyal agent."
Though there has been no official confirmation, several recent rumours surfacing on the internet suggest that O'Mara might play an earlier version of Nick Fury.
Fury was the original director of SHIELD before he went into solitary confinement and Coulson took over his job. However, the Fury (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) seen in "SHIELD" is based on Marvel's Ultimate storyline and is significantly different in appearance from the original Nick Fury, who first appeared in the 1960s in Marvel comic books.
However, several other speculations state that O'Mara, who has also lent his voice for the Dark Knight in WB's upcoming animated movie "Justice League Dark," will be portraying an entirely new character who will be introduced in Season 4. O'Mara's other prominent roles were in TV series like "Complications" and "The Good Wife."
Fans will get to see the final outcome only when Season 4 of "SHIELD" is aired on Sept. 20 on ABC.