5.21.2007

Something Different (3)

More demotivational posters are in the works. . .hopefully I'll get them posted within the week. Ere then I have some other things which need to be posted. A poem which I found which I think a few of you will appreciate, a drinking song which I wrote which I know many of you will get a kick out of, and one or two other things. Enjoy, and (as always) comment.

So my friends and I were talking about comic-books-made-into-movies and decided that a Justice League offering should be in the wings somewhere. Thus we started talking about a possible plot, characters, and who we would cast in various roles, trying to be as true to the look, feel, and attitude of the DC characters as we possibly could (despite the fact that hollywood seems to care less about accuracy and more about star power). After much debate and revision (and without total consensus) we came to a basic roster of the seven main founders and a few supporting or secondary members. My friends insist that I publish this online, if for nothing else than to prove that we had the idea first :) If you have ideas for other actors for other J.L. members or villains, or even other suggestions for who we have already mentioned, post 'em here. Not that anyone would ever be able to afford bringing all these people together for one flick, but maybe if they wanted to collaborate just for the fun of it. . .


Superman – Brandon Routh. He did a great job in Superman Returns, he's got the look and mannerisms down, and I'm all for consistency wherever we can get it.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0746125/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman


Batman – Christian Bale. Absolutely one of the best Batmans ever. Again, he has the look, mannerisms, and consistency. I couldn't pick anyone else for the Dark Knight.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000288/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman


Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) – Viggo Mortenson. A little bit older, a little grizzled, quiet, and thoroughly hardcore. The kind of guy who doesn't talk often, but when he does, people listen. And yeah, some people will point out that John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or even Kyle Rayner were more involved with the J.L. than Jordan, but Jordan is still the consummate Lantern in my book.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0001557/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Jordan


Martian Manhunter – The Rock. Some of you will immediately groan at bringing The Rock into this, but just stop and consider for a moment. All he's really got to do is stand there with his arms folded and look muscular and intimidating (which The Rock does quite well), mutter a few lines of subdued but profound dialogue (which he does well), and toss the bad guys around like rag dolls (which, well, you get the idea). A little green paint and we're good to go. http://imdb.com/name/nm0425005/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_Manhunter


Flash – Paul Walker. The one thread linking all of Paul Walker's movies is that he loves playing a smart-alec who can't help but shoot his mouth off, even if it's the dumbest possible thing one could do in a situation.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0908094/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flash


Hawkgirl – Mariska Hargitay. This one was harder to place, since traditionally Hawkgirl was never the tall, rail-thin shape of so many actresses. We needed someone shorter and more buff, and I think Hargitay fills the role nicely, and her role on Law & Order: SVU proves she can be pretty badass when necessary.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0002127/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkgirl


Wonder Woman – Eva Green. The new Bond Girl, in my humble opinion, has the face, hair, and body to make a fine Amazonian princess, and I'd love to see her in a role where she gets to kick as much butt as Daniel Craig.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1200692/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Woman


Green Arrow – Jamie Hyneman. If you ever watch the Mythbusters episode where they are trying to figure out if it's possible to split an arrow with another arrow, Robin Hood style, watch when Jamie fires a couple arrows and imagine him with a green hat. He's got the muscles, the dry sense of humor, and, most importantly, the moustache.

http://imdb.com/name/nm1367178/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Arrow


Hawkman – Vin Diesel. Big. Muscled. Brutal. Not going to get an invite to the MENSA ball. But Hawkman's perfectly comfortable with a large and messy weapon in each hand, which Vin Diesel has played in Riddick and other movies. Kind of like The Rock, in that he's not going to get many lines, but the fight sequences wouldn't be the same without him.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0004874/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkman


Aquaman – Daniel Craig. Buff and blond are the two big visual requirements for Aquaman. Matthew McConaughey was considered for the role, but he's just too smiley. Craig better represents Aquaman's somber and sober outlook on life.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185819/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquaman


Black Canary – Uma Thurman. Uma would essentially be reprising her role from Kill Bill, just fighting hand-to-hand instead of with a sword. And the physical resemblance is perfect.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000235/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Canary


Zatana – Kate Beckinsale. Tall, dark, magical, and not afraid to walk around in a corset and top-hat. Enough said.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000295/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zatanna


Blue Beetle – Jason Statham – Statham has proven his on-screen hand-to-hand ability in the Transporter movies, and the Beetle is essentially the DC version of Spider-Man, so this works out wonderfully.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0005458/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Beetle


Oracle – Nikki Cox. A cute redhead to sit in a wheelchair and find more fine-detail information on any subject than actually exists either online or off.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0185178/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_%28comics%29#Oracle


Elongated Man – Matthew McConaughey. Elastic Man is, by nature, nearly indestructible, which gives him a carefree outlook on life. McConaughey is charming and smiley and flirtatious enough to perfectly portray this happy-go-lucky hero.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0000190/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elongated_Man


Green Lantern (John Stewart) – Keenan Ivory Wayans. I have reservations about tagging a Wayans brother to play a character as introspective and thoughtful as Stewart, but I think Keenan has what it takes, and his look is perfect for the role. Just gotta keep him low-key and pensive.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0005540/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stewart_%28comics%29


Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) – Colin Farrell. A self-proclaimed bad boy thug to play a self-proclaimed bad boy thug, Gardner always relied on his fists to do his talking for him, and Farrell can carry his Devil-may-care attitude like second skin.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0268199/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Lantern_%28Guy_Gardner%29


Captain Marvel – Dean Cain. I know I'm going to be immediately vilified by every female Lois and Clark fanatic for downgrading Cain from Superman to DC's second-string superman clone, but I like Routh's S-man better, and Cain fits Marvel's image better, anyway. And he's got experience in tights and a cape.

http://imdb.com/name/nm0001002/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Marvel_%28DC_Comics%29


After each profile I've included a link to the actor's profile on the Internet Movie DataBase and a link to a Wikipedia article of the character so you can hopefully see what made us choose who we did. Like I said above, feel free to chime in with alternate suggestions, other characters and actors for them, and villains.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps add a character to the Justice League, one whose super powers consist of having half the courage and twice the sensitivity to pain of a normal man, while at the same time being completely indestructible. He could have any of a variety of names: The Impervious Pushover, Vic-Tim, Scape Man, Pain Sponge, etc. His role would be to be so utterly pathetic that the Legion of Doom cannot help itself from seeking to destroy him. The Justice League defends him, thus keeping the rest of the world from harm. He could be played by Carrot Top or that guy who tries to sell the book on how to cheat the government in the question mark suit.

And thus I earn my dime.

Hannah said...

I would love if they made a JL movie. I completely agree with Christian Bale as the best Batman. He is. I think of all the people you 'cast' the only one I'd kinda argue is Matthew McConaughey as Elongated Man. I'm not sure I can see him doing that role, but I don't know who I would put there.

Anonymous said...

As you know, I'm impressed and greatly amuzed by the JL cast. It was fun working/talking on that one.

Steve

Cade - Your hunble servant said...

Ah!...I'm sorry to say, that I would be extremely dis-inclined to see this film with this cast.

Your friends are weirdoes. :)

Granted, I would have a hard time coming up with an alternative cast as I'm not familiar some of the characters (Zatana? Fishnets and top-hats?). So in that sense, who am I to judge?

Some other points:

1: There is a JLA film in the works so your wish is granted.

2: I personally would cast unknowns (relatively) for the heroes and some more recognizable faces for the villains.

3: I would trim down the number of characters considerably as millions of people means paltry character development (the un-doing of the X-men films).

4: Routh-yes he was amazing, Bale-yes he was the best, BUT: totally different universes tone-wise. You could never connect these three franchises and make it work. I would cast new actors for the roles of Superman and Batman for JLA, and let the characters individual stories remain as they are--seperate, and un-connected.

5: You did surprise me with excellent casting choices on three accounts--Eva Green as Wonderwoman is a wonderful choice (no pun intended). Daniel Craig and Jason Statham just happen to be amazing character actors who also happen to be my top choices for another dream cast for another potential movie adaptation (which one? you'll just have to see my blog).

An enjoyable read John. More dream casts?

Home Away from Home. said...

Hi There,
Just me. Faithful reader popped in to see if you posted anything new. Hope you're ok.
-patty

Lys said...

I'm not sure I agree with your choice of Batman. I think Adam West has more experience and charisma for the part.