10/18/2007

Justice League: The Movie...

Editor's Note: Let me start by saying that this is another one of those posts that makes me look like a massive comic book geek. Lucky for me, I'm OK with that.

According to Variety, a Justice League movie has been in the works for a while, but is now moving aggressively ahead. This is probably due to the impending writers' guild strike. According to SuperHeroHype.com, director George Miller had a ton of casting sessions this week with a lot of young Hollywood showing up to audition. Editor's Note: My favorite part of this story is Adam Brody auditioning for the roll of The Flash.

So, since I know that Hollywood will probably only get the casting on this movie half right, I thought it might be fun to cast it myself. Here's who I would put into each of the costumes...


  • Superman- Let's face facts people, the chances of Warner Bros. letting Brandon Routh fill the red boots in anything other than a sequel to Superman Returns are slim to none. So, if I can't have the new man of steel, I'll have to cast one myself. So, I say the job goes to Tom Welling. He already knows the character, and it would lend some continuity to the film. But, as a deal breaker, he's got to leave Kristin Kreuk in Smallville...


  • Batman- Remember when I wrote the thing about there being no chance of Warner Bros. letting Brandon Routh be in this movie? Yeah... There's even less of a chance of them letting Christian Bale in. That's why, in my version, Gerard Butler will don the cape and cowl. Who's tougher than King Leonidas: a guy who almost single handedly fought off a whole army? Besides, he's got everything The Dark Knight needs: raspy voice, muscles, his own utility belt...

  • Wonder Woman- The only live action depiction of Wonder Woman so far has been Lynda Carter. But, we're going to need someone a lot younger. So, even though I know it may be a bit of easy casting, I'm going to go with Scarlett Johansson. She's an incredible actress and, just a guess here, I think she could probably kick my butt (which isn't saying much). And she kind of owes America one for The Island. Plus, it greatly increases the chance of a street cred lending Woody Allen cameo...

  • The Flash- David Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins, is directing a Flash stand alone movie and Ryan Reynolds is the heavy favorite to wear the red and yellow. But, word is that they're looking to cast young for this part. Oh well, I'm going to go with Neil Patrick Harris. Now, before you stone me to death with all of your old Doogie Howser, M.D. DVDs, watch one episode of How I Met Your Mother. Thank me later...


  • Green Lantern- Also new to the silver screen, the Green Lantern holds the potential for the greatest visuals of the whole bunch. Rumor is they want to go with the John Stewart incarnation (there have been more than one in the comics). Every one of the Green Lanterns has such a great characterization, but Stewart could be the most interesting, as he deals with a lot of inner conflict due to some events in his past. I thought about this one for a while and I think I have the perfect guy. Leonard Roberts has demonstrated on Heroes that he can pull off the superhero thing. I think that he would fit in with the other tights really well...

  • Aquaman- First off, go ahead and forget about the whole Entourage, Adrian Grenier version. That was a joke. At first I was thinking Paul Walker, but I'm not sure anyone would take him seriously. (Well, as serious as anyone can take Aquaman.) So, I'm going with Kevin McKidd. I mean, have you seen Journeyman? This guy is a star in the making! I think he could actually make Aquaman into a serious character. Or at least, have a better shot than anyone else...

  • Martian Manhunter- Otherworldly... Detached... And CGIed up, this part has to be done right to not stick out like a sore thumb. (Just look at what Andy Serkis added to LOTR.) So I'm going with Damian Lewis. His performance in NBC's new show, Life, is exactly what I picture for thiis part: someone who understands humanity only from an observational point of view. Because knowing through watching is a lot different than knowing through being a part of...
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