I’ll be the first to admit that my love for Marvel is greater than that of my love for DC. Is it weird, then, that I’d much rather see “The Justice League” on the big screen than I do “The Avengers”? Perhaps. Maybe I need to rethink this comic love balance, because DC has slowly started to win me over the last couple of years.
It seems that DC is slowly starting to breathe life into its characters with major films based on their major players coming out and being announced. If they follow Marvel’s trend, we could be seeing a Justice League movie sooner rather than later.
With the infinite fantasies about this potential project running though my head, I feel it is necessary to pour my ideas into an article. It’s the noble thing to do, as I have great ideas.
First off is the matter of the cast. The following is the big 7 and their nemesis for my proposed movie. DC. Warner Bros…take notes.
Henry Cavill as Superman
The biggest casting question mark in this movie would have to be Cavill as Superman (the first of two actors who are actually playing who I’ve casted them as in announced movies). I had a choice when working out the cast. Do I replace Cavill with someone I’m more comfortable with, or do I leave him in the cast and see how it works? As you can see, I left him in. Having known virtually nothing about the guy (aside from the fact that he’s British and does, in fact, have the chin to do Supes justice), I decided to look him up. He plays a rather important role in the Showtime series “The Tudors”, which I something I’ve been meaning to watch for a while. After seeing him play the part, I have no real worries about Cavill as the Man of Steel. He’s a very good actor.
Cavill, coupled with the guidance of Zach Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer, could possibly bring the Superman franchise the live action movie it’s been waiting for since Superman II ended back in 1978. And if this is the case, then Cavill would be a welcome addition to the Justice League.
Jon Hamm as Batman
Jon Hamm is, quite possibly, the embodiment of everything cool. He can be incredibly dapper and knows how to be suave and charming. These are all traits that are typically seen in Bruce Wayne. All he’d need to do is add a bit more ego and mysteriousness to the role. I shouldn’t really have to convince anyone on this. Jon Hamm is a national treasure and I spit on your dreams if you say otherwise.
The only thing he’d need is a bit of action and combat training, which isn’t unheard of in the movie industry. Most of the time, he’d be using a stunt double (or so I’d imagine), but a little regimented work and training schedule and Hamm IS the Batman.
Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern
Reynolds was the second person on this list that I put (or left, in this case) in a role. A lot of people rolled their eyes when he was cast as Lantern in the first place, but I was a bit excited. I have a lot of faith in Reynolds’s dramatic and comedic acting, although it’s his comedic acting that would make me want to see him in a separate role. He’d be a perfect Flash, however I’m going to give his turn as Hal Jordan a shot. The movie looks interesting enough and I’m excited to see what Reynolds brings to the Justice League. I mean…if The Avengers can have Robert Downey Jr., it’s only fair the Justice League gets to keep Ryan Reynolds.
Hal himself is very thoughtful and competent as a hero, discovering his true prowess as a hero as time went on. That being said, he had an ego and got carried away with it on occasion. Reynolds plays the hot shot roles pretty well, but can also tone it down when necessary for serious scenes. Complete faith given to his performance. The movie itself is a toss up (though I’m amped about it regardless).
Charlize Theron as Wonder Woman
If someone was to give me two words to describe Wonder Woman, the two words I’d pick would undeniably be “Sexy” and “Powerful.” As a matter of fact, a discussion with one of my friends at work let to the conclusion that she’s, essentially, a super powered dominatrix with a penchant for JUSTICE. While, perhaps, not the most important choice, Wonder Woman’s actress was my last and most difficult choice to make. There are a lot of pretty actresses out there. There are a lot of GOOD pretty actresses out there. My choice of Charlize Theron for the role was made as I was watching Æon Flux. I think it was on TV, but I was so tired, I may have accidentally watched the DVD. Three things were evident as I watched it:
1. Charlize Theron looks good in fight scenes.
2. Charlize Theron looks good with black hair.
3. Charlize Theron looks good in skin tight getups.
Moral of the story is, despite Æon Flux doing it’s best to be a bad movie, Charlize Theron looks good. This isn’t to discredit her talent. She’s a fantastic actress as well, winning and being nominated for multiple awards for past roles. She has had a taste of the super power life in 2008’s Hancock, but she spent the first half of that movie being relatively normal (if not overly standoffish). It remains to be seen if she could handle her own movie AND an ensemble movie in the role of DC’s most iconic female hero…but I think she would be able to handle herself well.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as The Flash
My original idea was to be funny and cast Ryan Reynolds as everyone (seeing as he is rumored to be every superhero ever, it seems), but then I realized that movie would be to sexy for its shirt and moved on from that idea. When it came time to actually cast for The Flash, I enlisted some outside help. I was speaking to my friend Farko (that’s not his real name, but we’re going to roll with it for now) on Facebook and he gave me this nugget to chew on:
“The Flash would need someone energetic or twitchy, I would think.”
And then he suggested Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role and it clicked in my head. Gordon-Levitt’s turn as Arthur in Inception proved some things. He’s very good at the sophisticated and smooth look, but he’s also got the noble team player role down too. And if you’ve ever seen him in real life, he’s very energetic and friendly. In a lot of ways, he could pretty much play himself with a bit more seriousness tossed in for variety. In interviews, the man is very genuine and nice, which are traits Barry carries as The Flash.
The trick for the Flash’s movie is to pick out one of the three men to take the Flash mantle to base the movie on. This would, of course, have to be Barry Allen (Flash #2). His costume is most recognizable as The Flash to today’s generations. While Wally West had the same costume and is, quite possibly, more popular, his origins would be hard to delve into. It would involve a lot of references to DC’s Final Crisis, which would complicate matters if these movies were to be in their self contained universes. Adding to this idea is the fact that Barry Allen was in the original Justice League. Plus, I like Barry’s origin story better. Struck by a bolt of lightning that turns out to be him in the future? Oh yes. That is cool.
Billy Crudup as Martian Manhunter
When creating this cast list, my decision on who to play Martian Manhunter was made first and almost immediately (even before choosing to keep Cavill and Reynolds in their respective roles). Crudup has proven he can play an intelligent, stoic, otherworldly being perfectly in his portrayal of Dr. Manhattan (in “The Watchmen”, another DC property). The difference here is that Crudup, as J’onn J’onzz gets to show a more human characteristic in the character. While Manhattan was very “above” the human condition (for lack of better phrasing), Manhunter adapted to us humans over time and began to understand them. This added layer of humanity will most likely bring more relatablity to a superpowered fish out of water story. The next biggest point is that Crudup looks good digitally (which is what I imagine the scenes in which Manhunter is in alien form will be). The thing about this, though, is that J’onn is able to morph between human form and alien form at will. We’ll actually get to see Crudup’s real face way more often than in Watchmen, which is a plus. Working without digital pom-poms on you all day is a lot easier than with.
Nobody as Aquaman
Aquaman is dumb. The only time his dumb-ness is acceptable is when he is portrayed as dumb (overly jolly, they’d have you believe) in the cartoons. The image I have painted in my mind’s eye has room for comedy. It doesn’t have room for fools
Instead, I propose:
Daniel Craig as Hawkman
I was debating for a while over who would fill Aquaman’s spot. My internal debate came down to Hawkman and one other hero. I couldn’t choose, so I decided I’d write about both in the article. As soon as I get that done, my realization sensors kick in and I decide Hawkman is the choice that needs to be made.
Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about Hawkman (at least in comparison to the other heroes on this list). I did some reading and his origin story (at least the one I read about) seems like an interesting idea. The basic premise is that Hawkman (archeologist Carter Hall) is the reincarnation of Egyptian Prince Khufu. Khufu and his lover, Chay-ara (later reincarnated as Carter’s lover Shiera Saunders, Hawkgirl), would be murdered by Hath-Set with a Nth Metal dagger (the same metal that makes up their wings. Because of the metal, they would constantly be forced to reincarnate, become lovers, and be murdered by a reincarnation of Hath-Set.
That’s a pretty cool idea if I do say so myself. I’ve heard Hawkman’s story has gotten muddled over the years, but a simple origins story with both Hawkman and Hawkgirl defeating Hath-Set (thus breaking the curse cycle) would make for a good movie. I keep playing an opening sequence in my head starting with Khufu and traveling forward in time little by little, showing Carter and Shiera being murdered by Hath-Set at various points in history…until finally stopping on Carter investigating the tomb of his original incarnation. I think, if given a bit of a suit redesign (more modern…less nipple) and the right actor, Hawkman could shine as a great superhero film. Daniel Craig, I think, could play Carter (and the various incarnations from the opening sequence I have in mind) well. He’s the adventurous type in his movies (I mean…Bond? Come on!) and he’s a good actor in his own right. If I’m being honest, the guy could probably make Aquaman presentable.
This entire list (save for Reynolds and Cavill…and, potentially, Crudup…because what is he doing right now?) is fantasy, obviously. I’d hope they’d take the parts, but there’s a good probability they wouldn’t. But that’s OK. This is my imagination and anything is possible in this realm.
Now it looks like we just need a plot and a villain. I can do that.