Anyone who’s watched can attest that has incredible range. During this single show, he managed to play countless versions of his character Castiel — from Lucifer to a power-hungry god-like version of the angel. Through it all, Collins put on a slew of performances that were so convincing that they gave fans nightmares. And with a ghost-hunting show like “Supernatural,” that’s not exactly an easy task.
There’s just something about Collins’ villains that scream abrupt unbridled chaos. His acting choices in these roles are wholly unique and wild to the fullest extent — making his characters unpredictably delightful. Now, instead of getting a few villainous arcs, Collins is playing Harvey Dent in the upcoming CW series “Gotham Knights.”
For anyone who needs to brush up on their DC Comics lore, Harvey Dent is none other than the iconic villain Two-Face. Casting Collins was a brilliant choice considering his villainous roles typically have a vibrant fuse. All in all, “Gotham Knights” is a profoundly dark and gritty take on the DC universe compared to most of the Arrowverse shows that have come before.
The CW invited Looper to a roundtable interview, where we asked Collins if “Supernatural” inspired his take on Two-Face and if he could tease the gritty, dark nature of the rest of the show and its villains.
Godstiel vibes meet Gotham
On whether or not “Supernatural” helped prepare him for his role as Two-Face, Misha Collins said, “I actually think the answer to that question is probably yes. I hadn’t thought about that before, but because in the ‘Supernatural’ universe, we had this conceit that characters could be possessed at any given point.” And sometimes he just ate a bunch of souls and got a bit agro.
“My vessel was possessed by other characters. So there were times when I had to, on a dime, kind of make a switch. There are times in ‘Gotham Knights’ later on in the season where I am struggling to keep my inner demons at bay, he explained. “And my split personality is coming to bear, and my split personality comes out, and on a dime, I have to switch from one character to the other.” That’s not to mention how abrupt those switches are.
“I think probably, yeah, I think my experience on Supernatural did… Well, maybe. I don’t know if it actually helped me, but it made me know that at least it was possible. Yeah, I think that you’re right,” Collins mused.
At the mention of “Gotham Knights” being grittier than most Arrowverse shows, Collins agreed. “I’ve actually been using the term gritty to describe the show because I think it also feels grounded and real. I don’t know; I keep using that phrase as well. I was confused reading the first couple of scripts,” he noted. Collins promised some supernatural-esque elements later on in the show, adding, “It’s in some ways, it’s a little bit of a commentary on corruption and a society that’s descending into madness.”