As if the character roster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice couldn't get any larger, another name has been confirmed, KGBeast.
Last month Comicbook.com reported that KGBeast had been linked to the upcoming DC film via dressing room marked "Knyazev." That is the surname of Anatoli Knyazev -- codename: KGBeast.
Knyazev in recent years has been featured in the Suicide Squad series, Batman: Assault On Arkham, and served as Ollie's Russian informant on Arrow.
Today Badass Digest confirmed the reports of the cameo with the following:
Yes! Lex Luthor has many agents making his dark agenda a reality, an agenda that includes keeping an eye on all metahumans, mainly a woman who walks the streets today but who is seen in pictures from the 1800s. A wonder woman, you might say. At any rate, one of Luthor's agents has a name, and that name is Anatoli Knyazev. Hardcore fans will recognize that as the name of the KGBeast, a Batman villain introduced in 1988's classic Ten Nights of the Beast storyline. In that story the Beast, an enhanced agent of the KGB, came to the US to kill ten targets, and he did it with extreme measures, including poisoning an entire 200 person dinner party to get one guy. He battled Batman to a standstill, and at one point when entangled in the Batrope the KGBeast cut off his own hand to escape. He of course put a cybernetic gun on the stump, as you do.
You won't see this version of KGBeast in the movie, but the character name is there - in the script at least - for those who care to pick up on these little easter eggs.
With Dawn of Justice being used to establish the DC cinematic universe, could KGBeast appear in a future DC feature film installment?
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.