FANCAST: The Justice League
Welcome dudes and dudettes!! After five previous DC Cinematic Universe fancasts I’ve finally come to the major team-up piece, joining the heroes together while introducing some new ones!
The sixth and final fancast of the main section of my DC Movie-verse and now it is time for the ultimate conclusion! Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and the rest of Earth’s greatest heroes united, including story and art…SuperDude style!
I highly suggest you read my other casts if you haven’t already, but it isn’t necessary just it may make this easier to understand.
MY DCCU FILMS:
FANCAST: The Batman
FANCAST: The Flash
FANCAST: Green Lantern: Redemption
FANCAST: World’s Finest
And now let’s go onto the cast:
MICHAEL TRUCCO – CLARK KENT/ KAL-EL/SUPERMAN
The Man Of Steel
Not much is known about this alien figure, except some information obtained through brief interviews (one in particular being from reporter Lois Lane several years ago). He is mysterious, wise, courageous, and has a strong moral code that makes him the hero he is (inspiration for his hero identity mainly comes from the original Bruce Timm animated version played by Tim Daly instead of darker modern interpretations).
Clark Kent is a bumbling geeky reporter, whose writing talent sadly does not match the quality of his quick typing. Only been with the Daily Planet for a few years, he has still made great contributions as well as great friends and allies, and recently got into an intimate relationship with Miss Lane.
However Clark Kent may be known by other names such as ‘Superman’ and ‘Kal-El’ as he hides his alien nature from his friends and protects them through a superhero identity.
Not formally established but Superman is recognised as one of the leaders of the Justice League, along with Batman.
I know some people feel mixed about my choice of Trucco as Superman but I just kept wanted the a bumbling well-built Clark Kent (think cross between Dean Cain and Christopher Reeve – bumbling, dorky, but also confident, average/normal, and quite a nice guy).
PATRICK DEMPSEY – BRUCE WAYNE/THE BATMAN
The Dark Knight
After being left an orphan, and raised by his butler, Bruce travelled the world in his younger years. Throughout his journey he trained himself to become a symbol of justice and vengeance, aka The Batman.
This Bruce is stern, strict, and courageous like all his other incarnations, although he does have a more sensitive and a understanding side like most of Batman’s animated versions. Although this doesn’t reduce his darker side as the Batman as he will be far more fear imposing and dark than before, but also more high-profile millionaire who is not possibly thought to be a vigilante in a bat costume. All this however doesn’t disregard the important detective side of Bruce Wayne which would be fully demonstrated (all at least to the lengths of something like ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ Video Game). The main reference to imagine my version of Batman is a combination of ‘Arkham Asylum’ (VG) and Michael Keaton.
I never used to be a fan of Dempsey as I only knew him from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ which I didn’t enjoy, but in the past few years I’ve seen quite a lot more of his work (e.g. Flypaper, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Made of Honor) and I actually really like his acting. Now none of what I’ve seen is a clear example that he would fit Batman, but I really think he has the range and ability to do it, while also bringing something new to the character. In my mind his portrayal would be something of a modern Michael Keaton version as previously mentioned.
MATT BOMER – HAL JORDAN/ GREEN LANTERN
Former Green Lantern and Ex-Test Pilot
Recently returning to becoming part of the GL Corps, Hal is also steadily building his charming cocky personality back as well.
I know obvious, but I recently got into the show ‘White Collar’ and I just think he’d be brilliant for Jordan. He has the look, the physique, and acting range to portray a troubled hero such as Hal Jordan.
JOEL McHALE – BARRY ALLEN/THE FLASH
Fastest Man Alive
Barry Allen, by day a witty forensic scientist and by night the scarlet speedster vigilante known as ‘the Flash’. Allen gains his power of speed (and the other abilities that come from that) from a lab accent involving a lightning storm and the chemicals of a science lab.
After his solo film Allen was struck with the tragedy that his father had killed himself in prison. Although this film takes place a while after ‘The Flash’ it is noticeable Allen is still troubled by this, with his humorous personality becoming cynical.
McHale’s part would be similar to Mark Ruffalo’s as Bruce Banner (in the Avengers), in the sense that it is strongly noticeable he is a troubled man with his development through the movie bringing him back to a more relaxed and accepting state.
I know many of you dislike McHale for Allen, but I have faith his acting would do the role justice. I won’t argue he’s a little old for the role but I’m sure he could pull off a little younger while also having the depth and humour of Barry.
STANA KATIC – DIANA OF THEMYSCIRA/WONDER WOMAN
Princess now turned superhero, Diana struggles to cope with this new land but with her commitment to justice and friendship of her team she stays to help the world (similar to Steve Rogers – 2012’s Avengers)
Although I’ve seen a lot of her small work, the most obvious inspiration for this choosing is her long time role on successful detective-show ‘Castle’. Although her role is not much similar to Diana, it does show her great range and attention to detail, and after watching various interviews it’s clear she is the type of actress that would put in full attention to getting into character.
JAMES MARSTERS – JOHN JONES (J’ONN J’ONZZ)/MARTIAN MANHUNTER
Last Survivor of Mars
Now living on Earth in double identity as Detective John Jones and the League’s Martian Manhunter, J’onzz first came to Earth after his race was attacked and killed. Leaving him as the only Martian alive he went to Earth to prevent another destruction, these events leading to the formation of the Justice League.
J’onzz would be the only way to defeat Amazo, as in the cartoon, but this ability would have great risk.
Marster’s is mostly known for his comicbook-genre roles as Spike in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and Brainiac/Brainiac 5 in ‘Smallivlle, and with just those I know he’d be great at a stern, logical character with emotional struggle like the Martian Manhunter. Although of course I’ve seen other of his works, even his music, but those more display just his range rather than inspiration.
ERIC MABIUS – ARTHUR CURRY/AQUAMAN
King of the Seven Seas
Originally raised above ground as human Curry later discovered his true heritage and power, eventually leading to him leaving to his own people of Atlantis. Although over several political challenges and battles, his people questioned his loyalty and the next following events lead to his return to the dry land and rise as hero Aquaman.
In the same way as Hawkeye in The Avengers, Aquaman wouldn’t have much significance as other characters but he would be presented as a rather badass superhero and his little time would just enhance impact. I just thought that was important to mention as I hope this film could change public opinion of the water superhero.
I’ve seen quite a lot of his acting and although nothing clearly displays his ability to play a role such as Aquaman I do believe he has the range and talent to act as this royal and challenged hero of two worlds.
JONNY LEE MILLER – AMAZO
Professor Ivo’s indestructible Android
Professor Ivo’s android, Amazo's special ability is to replicate the special abilities of various superheroes and supervillains he comes into contact with. Created as an enemy towards the Justice League by Lex Luthor (with the help of Ivo).
This incarnation would be greatly similar to that of Bruce TImm’s animated version, not only in appearance but also having a more internal struggle between intelligence and emotion, with more personal rather than simply being Luthor’s puppet.
He would be largely CGI, but motion capture would be used with Johnny Lee Miller (who would also provide his voice).
Occasionally Miller’s acting used to bother me, but ever since his theatre performance as Dr.Frankenstein/The Monster is Danny Boyle’s production of ‘Frankenstein’ I’ve began to love his acting more and more. Most recently people will know him for CBS’s Sherlock Holmes show ‘Elementary’, with his character’s robotic mannerisms being one of the reason’s I’ve chosen Miller for the role.
RACHEL McADAMS– LOIS LANE
Respected fearless reporter for the Daily Planet and Boyfriend of Clark Kent
Raised by a General, this reporter not only has massive skills in writing but also courage. Winner of various prizes for her articles, and now known for her ability to report some of Superman’s greatest triumphs.
Lois and Clarks relationship would has developed much from the first ‘Superman’ film and ‘World’s Finest’ becoming intimate and a comfortable couple.
Although at the beginning of ‘The Justice League, Lois does not know of Clark’s double identity, although she will discover it by the end of the film. Lois’s and Clark’s relationship in the film will be only a little more focused than Tony and Pepper’s in the Avengers.
I’ll admit this isn’t the most original choice, but I just can’t get the idea of McAdams as Lois out of my head. However I should say her Lois would not be anything like the character seen in ‘Superman Returns’ but a gutsy reporter that she is mostly seen as.
IAN McKELLEN– ALFRED PENNYWORTH
Loyal Butler of Wayne Manor
Alfred serves as Batman/Bruce Wayne’s loyal tireless valet, assistant, confidant, and surrogate father figure. McKellan will mostly be present as a voice in Batman’s communicator as Alfred remains at the Batcave to help with research, tactics, etc (similar to Jarvis in Iron Man/The Avengers).
I’ll be honest, originally I wanted Hugh Laurie but he would’ve been way too young for my Bruce Wayne who I didn’t want to change so Alfred had to be recast. I was thinking obvious choices like John Hurt and Malcolm McDowell, but I did want to go for someone a little more original even if it could be obvious, leading to Ian McKellen.
Now he is usually known for badass epic roles like Gandalf and Magneto in the CBM world so Alfred would seem a little of a down for him, however I’ve always actually seen Alfred as a little bit of a badass in his own right and anyhow McKellen must be getting a bit tired now at his age so a calm but main role might be a nice thing for him critically and personally.
Anyhow I think McKellen is a great choice for Alfred, as he has the ability to encompass all the other portrayals of Alfred, be faithful to the comics, and bring a sharp new twist to the character. And we all know McKellen is a badass anyhow.
KEIR GILCHRIST – JIMMY OLSEN
Intern Photographer at the Daily Planet
Jimmy Olsen is a young photographer, just entering the world of work. After his lucky internship Olsen has now gained a full-time (but cheap) job with the Daily Planet. Due to his ‘great’ photography skills have been assigned to the help of reporter team Lois and Clark.
Olsen would only be the film for a minute of two, due to much focus going on the actual team, but I thought his part was still worth mentioning.
I’ll admit I’ve only seen Keir Gilchrist in the film ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’, but I also wanted to explore a more realistic direction for Jimmy which I felt Gilchrist would fit wonderfully. Unlike previous incarnations Gilchrist would keep his black/brown hair for the role rather than dying it red.
TOBY STEPHENS – LEX LUTHOR
Intelligent scientist, mathematician, philosopher, and CEO of LexCorp
CEO of LexCorp, worldwide known businessmen, and now candidate for US Presidency. Lex is known as one of the world’s most powerful villains to the League but no evidence is ever recovered, hiding his dark side from the public as he builds their gracious opinions of him.
I’ve never seen Toby Stephens in a Luthor type role (or at least my version of Luthor), but I do think he definitely has the talent for to play a fantastic Luthor.
ROBERT LINDSAY– PROFESSOR IVO
A sinister professor with a strong fear of mortality, hired by Lex Luthor and has been made to produced weapons in various manners e.g androids and robots, and Ivo does so for unknown reasons but is hinted to do with technology he can’t obtain or money. Ivo would only appear in a human form, no mutations from serums or such like in the comics.
Most people who know of Lindsay probably remember his as the dad ‘Ben Harper’ from the British sitcom ‘My Family’ although apart from that he has a large theatre and dramatic background and from that acting I think he is just amazing and would be perfect for my version of Ivo.
- Unlike previous fancasts I’ll just give vague details to a plot.
- The story would take place roughly a year after the League’s formation, showing the team now becoming more of a family rather than simply a superhero force. This was because I felt if was an origin story then audiences would just find it too similar to The Avengers and get bored, while a story set after might be more interesting to follow while looking at different aspects of characters.
- Lex Luthor would be the secondary villain. His running for President with his hidden evil doings being the larger scale while less focus in the film, only the true power revealed when it is announce at the end that he wins the election.
- Amazo however would significantly be known as the main villain. He’d have massively more time and focus than Lex, but he is less of a villain in a sense as he is coming to terms to life and his great power.
- The main theme through the film would be double identities/two worlds, each character having struggles of their secrets while balancing themselves as a team, Lex’s hidden dark nature from the public, the League’s public controversy, and various other opposing elements.
- Like Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers/Avengers Assemble’ the film wouldn’t specifically focus on one character but each with their almost equal amount of focus, however there would be some more significant that others.
- The details of the story would roughly follow the animated Justice League episode "Tabula Rasa, Part 1 and 2", you may be able to view the episodes on Youtube.
DESIGN/ FAN ART:
Some you that view my DeviantArt page may know of this, but for those that haven’t I’ve basically created some fan art to represent the promotional material (e.g. posters) for my Justice League film:
SOUNDTRACK & SCORE:
Like my ‘World’s Finest’ fancast I’ve chosen to include some vague soundtrack/score ideas.
Kasabian – Club Foot (Album - Kasabian)
This song was just specifically a vision I had in my head as to how The Flash would be introduced into the movie, maybe even the first scene of the film. It was just basically a song I keep imagining in my head as something where I could see the Flash running and listening to it, and I just really want it in.
White Lies – Death (Album – Too Lose My Life...)
Either the actual song or simply the instrumental would play a part to the film, just the band’s great instrumental impact made me think one of their songs would be great for the film, perhaps specifically a fight sequence.
The Killers – Battle Born (Album – Battle Born)
This song is the main focus for me mentioning the soundtrack. This would be played as the lead in to the credits/the credits themselves, and I know it doesn’t have particular reference to the story I’ve suggested or the Justice League themes but it’s just so powerful and I think it’d work.
Also this is where I’ll mention that I hope The Killers would perhaps have more influence than this song, maybe if they like the idea of contributing maybe they would write a song for it. To be honest as long as Battle Born is included it’s fine, just they’re such a powerful band and I think they could almost become my version of what AC/DC are to Iron Man.
Star Trek XI – Enterprising Young Men (by composer Michael Giacchino)
This is more to mention the score, and I thought Michael Giacchino’s score for Star Trek was a good example. So either take this as an example of what I wish the film’s score to be like or simply a wish for Giacchino to score to the film with a new creative direction.
FILMS TIMELINE:This section will be updated after every fancast for my DC Universe.
FANCAST: The Batman
FANCAST: The Flash
FANCAST: Green Lantern: Redemption
FANCAST: World’s Finest
FANCAST: The Justice League
I hope you guys all like this, please comment and thanks for reading!!
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