X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga DTDVD

X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga DTDVD

My ideal cast for an ACCURATE adaptation of the classic X-Men storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga".

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By FlixMentallo21 - 5/2/2011
According to most conversation here, DC always trumps Marvel in the direct-to-DVD animation market in terms of quality. While some of Marvel's animated features are fine, I think they could do a whole lot better. A while back, I came up with an idea for a potential salesbuster Marvel animated feature, but never found a proper outlet to share it with. I figured, eh, this will do. The movie would be an adaptation of the legendary X-Men storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga", by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.



Unlike most of the previous animated features, this would be a real treat for a few reasons:
1. It would be a period piece, taking place in the exact years the story was published (1979-80).
2. It would be straight-on accurate to the original story.
3. It would be done in the signature art style of (drum roll please).....the DC Animated Universe!!!


I feel that this would be something different and exciting for most Marvel fans, young and old alike.

In addition to the aforementioned features, for once a Marvel animated film would have a (somewhat) big-name cast (like what DC has managed to pull in recent years for their films). Here are the voice cast members, each my own idea:

The Good Guys

*For the first three, I thought hey, if DC managed to get Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy and Susan Eisenberg to reprise their roles, why not get three original cast members of the 1992 X-Men cartoon. I consider them the definitive voices.

Professor X-Cedric Smith


Wolverine-Cal Dodd


Beast-George Buza


Now for some newbies

Cyclops-Noah Wylie

I've seen this guy only in those "Librarian" movies, and I thought he could bring a lot of emotion to Cyke, who is pretty emotional throughout the story (hey, he has the love of his life on the line!)

Jean Grey-Mira Sorvino

Her role as Daisy Buchanan in that TV movie version of The Great Gatsby is what inspired this choice, as she really could bring so much of that tragic figure to, well, the tragic star of the story.

Storm-Gina Torres

She's been doing a lot of DC for some time, so this would be her first Marvel role. I really like her acting as well, and she'd make a good Storm.

Nightcrawler-Liam O'Brien

I liked the way he did Kurt in the dearly-departed Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon series.

Colossus-Michael Adamthwaite

He did a pretty good take on the guy in X-Men: Evolution.

Angel-Justin Bruening

If this guy's going to be Steve Trevor on the new Wonder Woman show, then why not let him do a Marvel bit to balance it out?

Kitty Pryde-Miranda Cosgrove

I'm surprised she never got cast in a CBM, animated or not. She'd make a great Kitty Pryde.

Dazzler-Mandy Moore

I just thought, a singing actress is perfect for Dazzler. In fact, in a scene where she first comes onstage, she'd be singing Donna Summer's "Last Dance", as sort of a foreshadowing. Also, no one's ever heard her speak jive.

Now, on to the bad guys!

Emma Frost-Lauren Cohan

If you've been watching the current season of Chuck, then you'll know why I picked her.

Sebastian Shaw-Jon Hamm

The heck with Superman, this guy is a perfect Shaw. Mad Men proves it.

Harry Leland-Christopher Lloyd

He can bring some good elder statesmen aura to this role.

Donald Pierce-Tim Curry

I hate to typecast, but he's just too good not to play this role.

Mastermind-Tim Roth

His role on "Lie To Me" is what inspired this pick.

And finally, the alien characters

Lilandra-Sigourney Weaver

I just thought, the woman who fought aliens playing an alien! Oh, the irony! But seriously, she'd bring some compassion to Lilandra in this story.

Gladiator-Kevin Sorbo

Believe it or not, it wasn't his role as Hercules or any other tough guy that inspired this pick!

And finally, Kelsey Grammer as Uatu the Watcher

He has a really good voice for the Watcher, in my opinion.

And to close, the additional voices:
-Richard Doyle as Senator Robert Kelley, Supreme Intelligence, and Lilandra's advisor
-Corey Burton as Dr. John Grey, Smasher, and the Recorder
-Pat Musick as Elaine Grey and Hussar
-Diedrich Bader as Hellfire Club Guard and Skrull Representative
-Carlos Alazraqui as Banshee and HC Guard
-Tara Platt as HC maid and Manta
-Quinton Flynn as Havok, Silver Surfer, and Starbolt
-Grey DeLisle as Polaris, the Skrull Empress, and Oracle
-Susan Blakeslee as Moira McTaggert
-Dee Bradley Baker as Multiple Man, Kree Representative and Earthquake
-Josh Keaton as Spider-Man
-Beau Weaver as Mr. Fantastic
-Gregg Berger as the Thing
-Tom Kane as Dr. Strange and Mentor
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acvno86 - 5/2/2011, 10:59 PM
Nice cast! The Cyclops and Beast choices stood out for me.
WeekendAvenger - 5/3/2011, 3:54 AM
I'd rather see Jim Ward and Steve Blum reprise the roles of Professor X and Wolverine, but great cast other than that! No one is better for Beast.
manymade1 - 5/3/2011, 8:29 AM
Don't know about Adamthwaite as Colossus, other than that great job.
RoadDogXXIV - 5/3/2011, 10:14 AM
Not a bad fancast.

Tom Kane/Jim Ward as Professor X. Unless Cedric Smith is still willing to do the voice.

I don't know about Cal Dodd reprising his role as Wolverine, seeing as Steve Blum is here to stay.

George Buza I don't mind.

I saw Noah Wyle in previews of Falling Skies, and so far I'm impressed. So I second the vote for him to voice Cyclops.

Nice shot of Mira Sorvino, by the way. She still rocks the cleavage to this day and age. Would she be good as Jean? Sure, why not?

Gina would be tops as Storm.

I've always wanted to see Miranda in some CBM. Hello, she was in School of Rock? She'd be excellent as Squirrle Girl, but she'd make for an excellent Shadowcat.

Mandy Moore's a terrific singer. Watch Tangled. And I think she'd be good at voicing Dazzler among all other things.

Ooh, I love that you chose Bela from Supernatural for Emma Frost! You got my seal of approval!

Not sure about Doc as one of the members of the Hellfire Club. But that's me though.

Sweet sauce, you have Tim Curry! Thumbs up!

Good choice for Mastermind.

Sigourney's a hell of a great pick for Lilandra. If she was younger, she'd rock a live-action version.

Carlos Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Grey DeLisle, and Tom Kane are among my favorite voice actors. They're even the best working to date!

I love your Nightcrawler, Colossus, Angel, Sebastian Shaw, Gladiator, Watcher, Robert Kelly, and the other choices.
Rhys - 5/3/2011, 10:47 AM
Awesome idea!!! Having it be in the style of the DCAU is stupid though, but everything else is Sweet!!!
FlixMentallo21 - 1/31/2012, 8:10 PM
@Rhys
Why is it a stupid idea? Explain. NOW.

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