We are now on round two of rumors for the impending Justice League film, the latest rumor being that Joseph Gordon Levitt will play Batman.
I’ll let that just sink in.
Now back to subject. While I’m a big fan of JGL, I would be devastated if DC threw away casting on him, especially as Batman. Considering is major role in Rises, it would be weird to either cast him as the new Bruce Wayne or to have a Justice League movie without Bruce Wayne. Casting him in this roll would scream of desperation, and DC’s repeated willingness to bend over backwards for Christopher Nolan.
This being said, I have devised a list of people I wouldn’t mind seeing in the rolls of my icons.
Superman is an obvious no brainer. For better or worse (probably for worse) Man of Steel is coming. Additionally Snyder has mentioned that their will most likely be a tie in between the Man of Steel movie and the Justice League film, this makes it pretty much a guarantee that Cavill will star as Superman. Whether MoS is good or not, DC has invested in Cavill and this direction for Superman.
Batman is perhaps the hardest of the bunch to cast. We’ve had some great and terrible Bat-actors over the years, some have inspired a franchise, others have ended it. DC needs to not only cast a strong Batman, but must make it clear that this isn’t Christopher Nolan’s Batman. While this will disappoint all comicfans, most comic fans would rather not see that Batman in a Justice League movie anyway. While my suggestion is terrible, and should most likely be thrown out, I promised a suggestion for everyone. So here it goes: Colin Ferrell has continually proved that he can play diverse rolls (last year he was a scrawny moron boss in Horrible Bosses and then a ripped vampire in Fright Night). He can bring the muscle and the seriousness that Batman needs, and if needed can add some dark humor in there as well.
Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is perhaps the easiest to cast in my mind. However, in my mind Amazonians live on a tropical island and thus aren’t perfectly white. Enter Gina Torres. While most might scoff at the idea of having a toned WW, I think it would be the perfect choice. Especially when Torres has already proven that she can do the kickass female. Not to mention her voice acting as Wonder Woman means she is very familiar with the character. In my mind, it’s a win-win situation.
Green Lantern. While my thoughts on the movie are unwaveringly optimistic, I recognize that the movie was a mess and a commercial disaster. That being said, I don’t blame Ryan Reynolds for that fact. While I would be fine if he was cast as Green Lantern, I think DC needs to separate themselves from that film as much as possible. It’s already been suggested somewhere but I, like most nerds, would die if Nathan Fillion was cast as Green Lantern. He’s cocky, womanizing, and hilarious. All the perfect components of Hal. Not to mention he has proven himself to understand the character, as he made a fantastic performance in both Emerald Knights and JL Doom.
Flash. Flash is a little trickier. He’s the average joe of the group. While having super powers, he’s the most well grounded of the founding 7. Barry needs to be smart, witty, and lightly serious. He needs to be the everyman of the team. While I think Ryan Reynolds would have made the best Barry Allen, it’s probably safe to say that he won’t be involved with DC’s plans in the future. My next choice would be Bradley Cooper. A talented actor, who knows how to be serious and fun all at the same time.
Now we move on to the hard part of decision making process. While Aquaman is needed, he needs to be handled VERY delicately. And needs an actor that will bring in the fans. While I know he is dedicated to his work across the pond, Chris Hemsworth has the build and fan base that would launch Aquaman out of the depths of social satire. Other than that, I’m at a loss for an actor that could pull of Aquaman.
I also will state that I’m personally in favor of J’onn J’onzz as the seventh member. He is the heart of the Justice League, and lets face it, he’s a badass. While the alien should be CGI, the detective John Jones should be played by Idris Elba. Because he’s a badass (I also recognize his work across the pond may conflict).
If DC wanted to go the Cyborg route I’d go for the guy in the Blindside. I’m not ashamed to type cast him as a football player.
Well those are my thoughts on how to cast the Justice League movie. Who would you cast and why? What do you think of my choices? Let me know!
Until the next time,