RoadDogXXIV's Fan Casts - Injustice: Gods Among Us
It's RoadDogXXIV here! Just in time for the new year! My first cast of 2014, dedicated to 2013's hottest fighting game featuring a huge line-up of DC's famous heroes and villains. Now containing the DLC's... or at least the ones that would fit into this story.
First things first, I'd appreciate if we got the ability to comment on past fancasts back. Some people didn't get to comment on my old fancasts, and probably never will because after a month, the comment box disappears. BOO! So for the new year, I'd appreciate this little resolution be accomplished.
Second, YES! Even though I wanted to get this done before the new year, sometimes it's best to get things done perfectly, and I believe that job's been done. But yes, this is my first fancast of the new year, and it's a revamp of my old Injustice: Gods Among Us fan cast from 2013. This time around, I addressed some of the casting snafus that people brought up the first time around, while adding in a few DLC's, save for Zod, Lobo and Scorpion, seeing as they wouldn't fit into the story (and Scorpion was a Mortal Kombat character).
Third, starting from now, all my casts will be set in my own cinematic universe rather than staying in tune with the current cinematic universe. It gives me more freedom to cast characters that may or may not be used in the latter universe.
Finally, I'm borrowing Robert Garlen's casting template. It was so much fun setting the collages up that way.
Okay, I'm done filibustering. Let's get this show on the road!
DIRECTOR: Directors are responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film under the overall control of the film producer. They often develop the vision for a film and carry out the vision, deciding how the film should look, in other words they make their vision come to life. They are responsible for turning the script into a sequence of shots. They also direct what tone it should have and what an audience should gain from the cinematic experience. Film directors are responsible for deciding camera angles, lens effects and lighting with the help of the cinematographer and set design with the production designer. They will often take part in hiring the cast and key crew members. They coordinate the actors' moves, or blocking and also may be involved in the writing, financing and editing of a film.
J.J. ABRAMS (Notable Works: Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek [2009 film], Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode VII): Back in 2004, a Superman reboot - Superman: Flyby - was being shopped around, and J.J. Abrams was campaigning on getting his shot to helm it. Unfortunately, it went across the likes of Brett Ratner and McG, and then it was shelved for Superman Returns. Flash forward to now, and J.J. Abrams has earned his stripes thanks to the Star Trek reboot in 2009, and it now lead to him being the new director for the upcoming seventh Star Wars film due 2015. I think Abrams should get another shot to direct a DC-oriented film, with the story of Injustice: Gods Among Us being the basis. Especially since after Star Wars: Into Darkness, he can nail the emotional aspect.
SCREENWRITERS: Screenwriters are responsible for researching the story, developing the narrative, writing the screenplay, and delivering it, in the required format, to Development Executives. Screenwriters therefore have great influence over the creative direction and emotional impact of the screenplay and, arguably, of the finished film. They either pitch original ideas to Producers in the hope that they will be optioned or sold, or screenwriters are commissioned by a producer to create a screenplay from a concept, true story, existing screen work or literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story.
DAMON LINDELOF (Star Trek [2009 film], Lost), J.J. ABRAMS (Alias, Super 8), ALEX KURTZMAN (Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek [2009 film]), ROBERTO ORCI (Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek [2009 film]), JUSTIN GREY (Dead Space: Downfall, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe), and JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Dead Space: Downfall, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe): Wherever J.J. Abrams goes, his screenwriting team follows. Much like Abrams himself, the trio of Damon Lindeloff, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci are also great at helming sci-fi tales based on a comic book (Transformers) or a TV series (Star Trek). I could see them easily adapting the Injustice: Gods Among Us story, with the game's writing consultants Justin Grey and Jimmy Palmiotti - comic writers themselves (they wrote for Jonah Hex) - lending their services as well.
COMPOSER: A film score (also sometimes called background music or incidental music) is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, which also usually includes dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question. Scores are written by one or more composers, under the guidance of the film's director and/or producer, and are then usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer.
STEVE JABLONSKY (Notable Works: Transformers [movie franchise], Gears of War [video game franchise], Battleship]: Star Wars: Episode VII will mark J.J. Abrams first film without Michael Giacchino backing him up with his compositions. One composer I would love to see Abrams work with would be Steve Jablonsky. His work on Transformers is career best, with the last three Gears of War soundtracks coming in at a photo finish. His pieces combine heroism, intensity, emotion, and wonder effortlessly, and it's something I could see working for a Justice League-centric movie like this.
BATMAN (BRUCE WAYNE): Batman is the superhero protector of Gotham City, a man dressed like a bat who fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere. In his secret identity he is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy. Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world's smartest men and greatest fighters. His physical prowess and technical ingenuity make him an incredibly dangerous opponent.
TAHMOH PENIKETT (Height: 6' 3"; Age: 38; Notable Works: Battlestar Galactica [2004 TV series], Dollhouse, Mortal Kombat Legacy): This choice will no doubt have a fare share of detractors and fans chomping at the bit. Nonetheless, I haven't been disappointed with Tahmoh Penikett's work, whether it was in the bold reimagining of Battlestar Galactica as Helo, the underrated sci-fi drama Dollhouse as Paul Ballard, or the gritty web series Mortal Kombat Legacy as Kurtis Stryker. But I think he'd really branch out if he were to play Batman. For those of you nervous, I would check out the short The Hostage where Penikett plays a character that has the persona (slightly), stance, and voice of Batman. Also, his characters that I mentioned make hard choices or find the easy way out effortlessly, just like Bats. He even played a playboy in Titan Maximum, although that was a silly TV series. I'm placing my chips down that Ben Affleck would succeed in the role of Bats for Batman vs. Superman, but for my alternate cinematic universe, Penikett is my go-to guy.
WONDER WOMAN (DIANA OF THEMYSCIRA/DIANA PRINCE): Wonder Woman is an Amazon warrior princess and one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC Universe. The daughter of Hippolyta, she was given power by the Gods to fight against evil in all its forms. Although she was raised entirely by women on the island of Themyscira, she was sent as an ambassador to the world of man, spreading their idealistic message of strength and love. Wonder Woman fights crime and acts as a positive role model for women everywhere. Her equipment includes the Lasso of Truth, magic gauntlets, and an invisible jet. In the secret identity she has adopted to become closer to humanity, she is Diana Prince, a government agent for the Department of Metahuman Affairs.
KATRINA LAW (Height 5' 8"; Age: 28; Notable Works: Legend of the Seeker, Spartacus [TV series]): The casting of Gal Gadot as the big screen's first Wonder Woman has many a fanboy up in arms. While I'm placing my chips down that she'll do the role justice (like Ben Affleck for Batman), for my altenate universe, I'm casting the lovely and talented Spartacus star Katrina Law for my alternate cinematic universe. Fellow CBM.com user ager reminded me that the role is typecasting at its finest, since Katrina's role in said TV show as Mira is similar to Wondy. Of course, I haven't seen any examples so far. That being said, Katrina has plenty going for her to make her eligible to play a role like this: a nice tall figure, slightly bigger breasts than Gadot, Greek ancestry (so I'm told by tweeeeenkies3), and activeness in karate and dance; and I'm told she was part of Varsity Track team, Varsity Soccer Team, Varsity Cheerleading Squad and even the Varsity Weightlifting Team while she was in high school. A resume like that pretty much convinced me to go with this pick. And there's the fact that Gina Carano - a frequent fan favorite and another actress who campaigned for the role - wouldn't deliver her lines with passion and emotion as Katrina Law can.
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN): Barry Allen is the fastest man alive and the second speedster known as The Flash. In his secret identity he is a police officer working in Central City as a forensics specialist. His legacy is the Flash Family, he was inspired by Jay Garrick of the Justice Society and has been succeeded by Kid Flash (Wally West) and Impulse (Bart Allen). Barry's running generates the Speed Force, an enigmatic source of energy that all other speedsters tap into throughout time. There is an ever-present danger that as fast as he runs, he might lose himself as he approaches speeds closer to light, but his lightning rod is his wife Iris West.
BEN McKENZIE (Height: 5' 8"; Age: 35; Notable Works: The O.C., Southland, Batman: Year One): I can probably agree with everyone that Ben McKenzie's VA performance as Batman in Year One was a crushing disappointment (that's what I heard on a website containing all voice clips of certain characters). However, a better role for him to play would be that of Barry Allen. Which is funny, since his fellow O.C. co-star Adam Brody would've taken on the role for the now-defunct Justice League: Mortal. Nonetheless, Ben has Barry's blonde hair, knows his way around light (The O.C.) and dark (Southland) material, plays a law enforcer in the latter show, looks a tad like the character, and sounds close to how Michael Rosenbaum performed in Justice League: Doom. Plus, I wanted to cast someone that wasn't overused like Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper (now Rocket Raccoon), or Ryan Gosling.
P.S. - This was suggested by someone around here. Whoever that person is, make your presence known and I'll give you credit.
HARLEY QUINN (HARLEEN QUINZEL): Harley Quinn is a flamboyant super-villain and an adversary of Batman usually recognized as the Joker's girlfriend, although she has had her own strong solo career. Born Harleen Quinzel, she had been working as a psychologist at Arkham Asylum where she was assigned to the Joker and fell in love with him. This led to her adopting her own costumed persona, adapting the word harlequin, to assist him escape and cause further mayhem. Their relationship is passionate and continuously off-on, with Harley's best friend Poison Ivy constantly encouraging her to break up with for good. However, Harley's love for the Joker eventually brings her back to his side with the Joker himself demonstrating a keen need for her despite himself. When not with the Joker, she has been working mostly on her own in Gotham City, sometimes teaming up with her other friends. Her special abilities include an enhanced physiology due to chemical experimentation, giving her increased strength, agility and durability.
DIORA BAIRD (Height: 5' 7"; Age: 30; Notable Works: Bachelor Party Vegas, Hot Tamale, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days): I'm sure everyone is familiar with Diora Baird's (nude) body of work. Even if the film is shit (Hot Tamale), you're guaranteed to see her glorious body in full (unlike Kate Upton, Baird has amazing DD breasts, coupled with a slim figure). However, I find her acting talents to be underrated, and a role she would truly find a bigger audience in would be Harley Quinn. Baird can play sultry (Bachelor Party Vegas), quirky (Hot Tamale), ditzy (Accepted), bad-ass (The Black Keys' "Holwin' for You" music video) or emotional (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days). She even collaborated with J.J. Abrams in Star Trek in 2009, even though it was in a deleted scene, as an alien who Kirk consorted with. And who wouldn't want to see her in Harley's slinky outfit from Injustice: Gods Among Us?
SOLOMON GRUNDY: Solomon Grundy is an immortal zombie super-villain from the 19th Century with several origins. Originally murdered in the mysterious Slaughter Swamp, he resurrects and regenerates there every time he is killed again in his zombie form. This cycle of reincarnation also gives him different abilities every time, so over the years he has varied drastically in strength and intelligence.
ROBERT MAILLET (Height: 6' 9"; Age: 44; Notable Works: 300, Sherlock Holmes [2009 film], Pacific Rim, Hercules [2014 film]): Simply put, Robert Maillet is a beast. I thought of him as Doomsday at one point, but there's another brick ****house actor that will fulfill that role. Anyway, Robert's work in films such as 300 and the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes are proof that he would make an excellent Solomon Grundy. I can't wait to see what he'll do with his role as the Executioner in the Dwayne Johnson version of Hercules.
NIGHTWING (DICK GRAYSON): Richard "Dick" Grayson is a member of the Batman Family who has been a superhero most of his life and held several aliases. His parents were the Flying Graysons, acrobats performing with him alongside in the traveling Haly's Circus. They were tragically murdered by a mobster in Gotham City named Tony Zucco, and millionaire Bruce Wayne adopted him as his legal ward at a very young age. Grayson went through extensive training in martial arts and crimefighting to become the original Robin, Batman's sidekick. Many years later when he had outgrown the position, he took the name and costume of Nightwing.
STEVEN R. MCQUEEN (Height: 6'; Age: 25; Notable Works: Minutemen, The Vampire Diaries, Piranha 3D): Apparently, The Vampire Diaries star Steven R. McQueen was tapped to appear as Nightwing in future episodes of Arrow, hopefully as an attempt to introduce the character in an upcoming movie. I think it's been dropped, and Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley was (or currently is) in the running to play the character for Batman vs. Superman. Nonetheless, McQueen would've made a killer Nightwing. After all, he's the grandson of screen icon Steve McQueen, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree based on what I've seen. McQueen Jr. even got a taste of being a hero, appearing in the horror comedy cult classic Piranha 3D. And he looks the part, all he needs to do is learn martial arts, acrobatics, and maybe some criminology, and the transformation would come full circle.
GREEN ARROW (OLIVER QUEEN): Green Arrow is a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, technology and martial arts. In his secret identity he is politician and billionaire Oliver Queen, a hot-headed social activist and owner of Queen Industries. Black Canary is his long-time love interest and Speedy is his side-kick. The extended family of heroes who work with him call themselves Team Arrow.
PAUL WESLEY (Height: 5' 10"; Age: 31; Notable Works: Killer Movie, The Vampire Diaries, The Baytown Outlaws): No idea whether or not Warner Brothers will take up Stephen Amell's offer to integrate the Arrow TV series into the DC cinematic universe. Nonetheless, a good pick for a live-action Green Arrow on the silver screen would be The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley. Besides looking like the New 52 version of Oliver Queen stepped out of the comic books, Wesley did try his hand at Green Arrow-like behavior in season 3 of TVD, played it cocky in his brief role in The O.C., and appeared in lighter fluff like the horror-comedy Killer Movie (which featured pre-Big Bang Theoriy bombshell Kaley Cuoco). Plus, he's the right age for the Year One iteration of Ollie.
JOKER: The Joker is a homicidal maniac and the archenemy of Batman. Although his real name and full origin are unknown, the Joker is known to have been forced to swim through a vat of chemicals which turned his skin white, his hair green, and left his face permanently locked in a double Glasgow Grin. Completely unpredictable with no regard for human life, the Joker finds murder and mayhem funny, and is perhaps the most dangerous man on New Earth with a body count stretching into the thousands, all centered around his obsession with destroying the Dark Knight.
ALAN TUDYK (Height: 5' 11"; Age: 42; Notable Works: Firefly, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Suburgatory, Wreck-It Ralph, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Justice League: War): Never did I know that Alan Tudyk voiced Green Arrow in Injustice: Gods Among Us. I thought it was Stephen Amell (although HE lends his voice to the character if you choose the "Arrow" skin). Nevertheless, a truly fitting role for the Joss Whedon regular would be that of the Joker. It was his performance in Wreck-It Ralph as King Candy/Turbo that he would definitely nail the personality of Mark Hamill's timeless take, mixed in with the grit from John DiMaggio's from Batman: Under the Red Hood and Richard Epcar's from Injustice. It'd be enough to create an original incarnation that would stand on its own than compete against Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger's performances. Did I mention Tudyk also played a Joker-like psycho in Dollhouse? That's right, he'd be reuniting with Tahmoh Penikett!
SUPERMAN (KAL-EL/CLARK KENT): Superman is the most powerful being on planet Earth, an alien immigrant named Kal-El from the planet Krypton who was raised in Smallville, Kansas, to become an American superhero. Raised with high moral ideals, he uses his incredible strength, speed, flight and various other superpowers to fight evil and protect the innocent. In his civilian identity he is Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter working for the Daily Planet in Metropolis.
JARED PADALECKI (Height: 6' 4"; Age: 31; Notable Works: Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Friday the 13th [2009 film]): Back when a new Superman movie was being prepped, Supernatural star Jared Padalecki was one of many actors considered for the role of the Man of Steel himself when McG was helming the project. Eventually, both parties left the project. As far as I'm concerned, Jared is untapped talent and would've cut an excellent performance. Besides standing at an imposing 6' 4", he can easily play up both Clark Kent and Superman's many characteristics: awkward, shy, curious, funny, emotional, and tough. And the middle of Supernatural's run saw Sam Winchester adopt some characteristics that resemble Supes' rise to High Councillor status in Injustice: Gods Among Us (whether as Lucifer in Sam's body, or the soulless Sam doppleganger). Yes, a CW actor assuming the role of one of the biggest superheroes in history is a casting embarrassment waiting to happen. But we're talking about the star of one of many great shows on the channel, a show that is often covered here on this website. Plus, Jared is a slightly better actor than Henry Cavill, that's my opinion.
CYBORG (VICTOR STONE): Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone, is a superhero who is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; his body parts have been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his advancements have made him an unstoppable powerhouse.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN (Height: 5' 11½"; Age: 26; Notable Works: The Wire, Friday Night Lights (TV series), Gears of War 3,Chronicle, Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment, The Fantastic Four [2015 film]): I forget who suggested Michael B. Jordan for Cyborg when I did this cast back in April, but amazingly enough, the creators of the recent DCAU feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox must've caught wind of it and had the actor lend his voice. But I wouldn't mind seeing Jordan attempt a live-action representation. He's played a quarterback on Friday Night Lights, has experience with superhero movies (Chronicle, the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot as the Human Torch), and has decent comic timing (Gears of War 3, That Awkward Moment). It would be a good shot to hear him scream out Cyborg's trademark catchphrase "BOO-YAH!".
DEATHSTROKE (SLADE WILSON): Deathstroke is the world's greatest assassin/mercenary and an enemy of the Teen Titans. Originally a soldier in the U.S. Army, he was part of an experimental super-soldier project where he gained enhanced strength, agility and intelligence. His vendetta against the Titans began when he swore revenge for the death of his oldest son Grant; his other two children would go on to become Titans members as Jericho and Ravager. Traditionally his actions have been limited by a strong personal code of honor, although his motives became more villainous following the death of his wife Adeline Kane. Through this time his only steady companion is his loyal manservant Major Wintergreen.
STEPHEN LANG (Height: 5' 10½"; Age: 61; Notable Works: Avatar [2009 film], Conan the Barbarian, Terra Nova, Call of Duty: Ghosts): One of the bigger actors of your parent's generation, Stephen Lang has appeared in some pretty big films in the early 90's, namely Gettysburg (and the 2003 sequel Gods and Generals) as Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett. However, he gained an increased fanbase and notoriety as Miles Quarritch in the 2009 blockbuser Avatar, therefore netting him some roles as gung-ho military types. One role that he's favored for is Deathstroke, which I can easily see. He definitely has the chops based on said role and movie, as well as Terra Nova and, most recently, his voice work as Elias T. Walker in Call of Duty: Ghosts. And at 61, he still does stunts.
BANE: Bane is a super-intelligent world-class fighter and tactical genius who enhances his great physical strength with a steroid called venom, making him one of Batman's greatest and most dangerous enemies. In addition to being one of the only men ever to independently figure out Batman's secret identity, he has also been an anti-hero, a government agent, a mercenary and a dictator.
MATTHEW WILLIG (Height: 6' 6½"; Age: 44; Notable Works: Dexter, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions): With my original choice, Jason Momoa, slated to appear in Batman vs. Superman, it looks like I'll have to find another good choice to portray this towering giant that Tom Hardy recently did so well in The Dark Knight Rises. Matthew Willig is that option. Willig has played imposing characters with intelligible speech, one of them being the villainous gangbanger Little Chino in Dexter. He even lent his voice to Rhino in the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, so there's some comic book experience.
LEX LUTHOR: Lex Luthor is one of the most dangerously intelligent men on the planet- a super-villain, a brilliant scientist, a billionaire industrialist, and Superman's greatest enemy. This combination makes him an extremelfy powerful and formidable opponent; he is ruthless, efficient and creative. In addition to his personal vendetta against the man who thwarts his every scheme, he despises the alien Man of Steel from an ideological standpoint for contradicting his human achievements. He has always been a controversial figure in the public eye due to LexCorp's corrupt business dealings, but he has also maintained political popularity.
JON HAMM (Height: 6' 2"; Age: 42; Notable Works: We Were Soldiers, Mad Men, The Town, Friends with Kids, Million Dollar Arm): Tons of actors are vying to portray Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, from Bryan Cranston to Joaquin Phoenix. Both are great choices. But what about Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm? Besides contending for the role of Superman in Superman Returns, and embodying the persona of Lex Luthor on Mad Men, he portrayed Lex in a Funny or Die sketch that sadly isn't on YouTube anymore (so "Top 10 Jon Hamm moments" will have to do). So it would be interesting for Hamm to try out the role with more seriousness, either in my cinematic universe or, hopefully, Batman vs. Superman. So, DDD, I hope you're enjoying me using your pick for Lex, buddy.
CATWOMAN (SELINA KYLE): Catwoman is Selina Kyle, a morally ambiguous character who has been an anti-hero, acting as an adversary, a crime fighter and also a love interest for Batman. Years of training have made her stealthy and agile as a world-class criminal, and her mastery of the martial arts makes her a formidable physical opponent. Although she began her career as a burglar, she has since then reformed and begun protecting Gotham City in her own style.
SIENNA MILLER (Height: 5' 5"; Age: 32; Notable Works: Layer Cake, Factory Girl, Stardust, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra): Sienna Miller was gunning for the role of Catwoman (along with another beauty, Carla Gugino) before The Dark Knight Rises went into production. Now with a new Batman cinematic universe on the horizon after Batman vs. Superman - or even in my cinematic universe - Sienna deserves a second chance. Especially after the stupendous job she did as the Baroness in the abortion that was G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. There, she exhumed the class of Selina Kyle and the flexibility of Catwoman (yes, a class act like Sienna learned martial arts). Let the clip below prove how right I am.
GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN): Hal Jordan is the greatest Green Lantern, an inter-galactic police officer and member of the Green Lantern Corps, chosen by the Guardians of the Universe for his ability to overcome great fear. The strength of his willpower allows him to wield the universe's mightiest weapon, a power ring controlled by his thoughts. In his secret identity he is a test pilot working for Ferris Aircraft where his boss Carol Ferris is also his romantic interest.
ALEX O'LOUGHLIN (Height: 6'; Age: 37; Notable Works: Moonlight, Hawaii 5-0 [2010 TV series]): With little or no word on a possible Green Lantern sequel, time to go out fishing. Alex O'Loughlin graced version 1 of my fan cast as Batman, which was set in the existing DC cinematic universe. For version 2, which is set in my own cinematic universe, he returns as the Green Lantern member Hal Jordan. Of course, Comicbookmovie member Up Yours gets special credit, since HE came up with choice first for HIS Green Lantern reboot fancast. I went with O'Loughlin for GL because of his work in the amazing Hawaii 5-0 reimagining, playing all the characteristics of Hal: cocky, caring and funny. Plus he would nail the comic book iteration - more serious, yet still wiseacre - as to separate it from Ryan Reynolds almost-New 52 take. And did I mention that he knows martial arts?
SINESTRO (THAAL SINESTRO): Thaal Sinestro of the planet Korugar in Sector 1417 is an intergalactic super-villain and antagonist of Green Lantern. Originally known as the greatest member of the Green Lantern Corps ever to wield a ring, he trained many students including Hal Jordan. The Guardians of the Universe exiled him to the Antimatter Universe after learning he had used his power to set up a dictatorship. Having fought the Green Lanterns for many years with a yellow ring forged by the Weaponers of Qward, he established his own Sinestro Corps to spread fear throughout the universe.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Height: 6'; Age: 37; Notable Works: Sherlock (2010 TV series), War Horse, The Hobbit (film trilogy), Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, The Penguins of Madagascar): As stated during my explanation for Alex O'Loughlin as Green Lantern, chances of a Green Lantern sequel happening may or ma not happen, meaning Mark Strong may or may not return as Sinestro. So who could fill Strong's shoes if worse comes to worse? How about rising BBC TV star Benedict Cumberbatch, who has recently risen to fame this year with his role as Kahn in the blockbuster Star Trek: Into Darkness. Yes, I'm going with him as Sinestro because of that film, but I also chose him because I believe he could portray the other dimensions of the villain. And as Cumberbatch's as age goes, ager said it best in his reply to my comments for his Superman 2: Zero Hour/JLA fancast: "He's an alien after all, he doesn't have to age the same."
HAWKGIRL (SHIERA HALL): Hawkgirl is a legacy character used by female counterparts to the super-hero Hawkman. She wields a mace and uses Nth Metal technology to fly. Carter Hall's wife Shiera Sanders was the first to use the name during the Golden Age, although Katar Hol's wife Shayera Hol from the planet Thanagar used it during the Silver Age.
TABRETT BETHELL (Height: 5' 5"; Age: 31; Notable Works: Legend of the Seeker, The Clinic, Dhoom 3): With Bridget Regan slowly making her way back into TV after the imminent end of Legend of the Seeker, how about Tabrett Bethell come back to relevance? Hawkgirl would be a great role for her to try, especially with her notoriety for kicking ass and nailing the dialogue. Plus, both the actress and the character are minimally known, and Bethell would work very well with the cast I've offered. She just needs to die her hair red.
SHAZAM (BILLY BATSON): Billy Batson is a teenager who becomes Shazam, the world's mightiest mortal. Granted access to incredible powers by the wizard Jebediah, he speaks the wizard's name and is struck by a lightning bolt that gives him the powers of the gods: the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. In his civilian identity he is a young man working at WHIZ Radio in Fawcett City.
JOE MANGANIELLO (Height: 6' 5"; Age: 37; Notable Works: Spider-Man [film trilogy], How I Met Your Mother, True Blood, Magic Mike, Sabotage): Back when Man of Steel was getting into gear, Joe Manganiello was one of many actors on a shortlist for the role of Superman. Well, it didn't happen. But another "super" role that he could definitely work his magic in would be Shazam. Joe is a hell of a great actor on every variety of shows (True Blood) and movies (Magic Mike), so I trust that he could nail the childlike naiveté inside Shazam. All he needs to do is get a nice shave and a haircut (TWO BITS! LOL!) to get the clean-cut look. Besides, this would be a refreshing change of pace from the somewhat moody atmosphere of True Blood.
AQUAMAN (ARTHUR CURRY/ORIN): Aquaman, also known as Arthur Curry and Orin, is a superhero and the ruler of the seas. As the king of Atlantis and other undersea territories, he technically controls most of the planet. His abilities include super-strength, durability, super-speed, staying underwater indefinitely, and telepathy, which he uses to communicate with sea-life. His aquatic nature means he requires water regularly at the risk of dehydration, although he is perfectly capable of staying on land for extended periods.
LIAM McINTYRE (Height: 6' 2"; Age: 31; Notable Works: Spartacus [TV series], The Legend of Hercules): Another Spartacus star gracing my fancast is Liam McIntyre. I've seen him cast as Batman, and while that might be a good role for him, after checking out RedHood13's Aquaman cast, i was inspired enough to cast him as that titular character. He has the proper presence, the physicality, the looks, the acting skills, and the voice to truly bring this character to life. Look at the picture of him above, McIntyre looks just like Regime Aquaman.
RAVEN (RACHEL ROTH): Raven, also known as Rachel Roth, is a superhero with dark magic powers. Her strong personal motivations and desire to see good conflict with her heritage, as her father is a powerful demon named Trigon who wants to enslave the planet. Her mother is a human woman named Arella who was living in the mystical realm of Azarath. At all times, Raven must keep her emotions in check lest she risk unleashing the terrible might within. Despite this, she has still managed to find a second family in her friends who love and accept her regardless of her troubled past.
LAUREN McKNIGHT (Height: 5' 2"; Age: 25; Notable Works: My Super Psycho 16 (film franchise), So Undercover): I wanna thank tweeeeenkies3 for making me make a wise decision to not cast Rooney Mara in this role. Apparently Mara was being overcast, and ol' Jer didn'w want her because she's too monotone. So because I want to please EVERYONE, I'm gonna borrow his choice for Raven that he made on deviantART: Lauren McKnight, who plays Skye Rotter in the My Super Psycho 16 film trilogy. While she hasn't done a role like this, her piercing eyes and ability to play smart characters works in her favor.
DOOMSDAY: Doomsday is an incredibly powerful monster with regenerative abilities. Every time he dies he respawns having evolved past the last thing that killed him, making him slowly invulnerable over the course of centuries traveling the universe. Developed as a weapon in a facility by the scientist Bertron, he was tested out through many of his first deaths on the planet Krypton, giving him an immense natural hatred towards Kryptonians. During the Death of Superman storyline he actually killed Superman, although Superman delivered a killing blow against him simultaneously. They would both return to fight many more times.
PAUL WIGHT/THE BIG SHOW (Height: 7'; Age: 41; Notable Works: WCW/WWE): This was a tough one to choose, and it's obvious that wrestlers aren't well liked among the CBM audiences. Nevertheless, it's not like Paul Wight (The Big Show to wrestling fans) will be doing any acting, but rather motion-capture for Doomsday. Plus he's tall enough to go against Jared Padalecki.
FRANK WELKER (VOICE) (Notable Works: Scooby Doo (TV series), Superfriends, Transformers [TV series]): This man's resume is so epic that I couldn't just name all the shows he lent his voice to. Some of his well-known roles include Megatron and some his Decepticons in any Transformers TV show or movie, Fred Jones and Scooby Doo, Barney Rubble in Flinstones, Dr. Claw and Brain in the Inspector Gadget animated series, or the Hulk spoof character Krunk in Dexter's Laboratory. And few VA's make impeccable monster noises than Welker (although Fred Tatasciore is right up there). So I think he could really chill us to the bones as this beast.
BLACK ADAM (TETH-ADAM): Black Adam is a super-villain and sometimes anti-hero originally written as the evil counterpart to Captain Marvel, an ancient Egyptian prince who was given incredible powers by the wizard Shazam and survived into the modern era. His legacy would eventually expand to include the Black Marvel Family involving his wife Isis and her brother Osiris protecting their native land of Kahndaq.
DOMINIC PURCELL (Height: 6' 2"; Age: 43; Notable Works: Blade III: Trinity, Prison Break, Killer Elite): This role was gonna go to Dwayne Johnson, but at the time I was writing this, the son of a bitch tweeted that he already met with Warner Bros. for a DC Comics adaptation. With that in mind, my other pick for Black Adam would be former Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell. His role as Dracula in Blade III, while unimpressive, was one of many examples of how he can perform the role. Vikingdom, another crap film, also not only showed that he can still do action, but handle the dialogue of Black Adam. All that's left to add is a rock-solid Egyptian accent.
KILLER FROST (LOUISE LINCOLN): Dr. Louise Lincoln was a colleague and friend to Crystal Frost. After her friend died, she decided to repeat the experiment as a last respect to her former mentor, and became the new Killer Frost. She became just as ruthless as her predecessor and began her own personal vendetta against Firestorm, who she blamed for Frost's death.
TAMMIN SURSOK (Height: 5' 5"; Age: 30; Notable Works: Home and Away, The Young and the Restless, Pretty Little Liars)): Yes, folks, that is the actress who plays Jenna Marshall on Pretty Little Liars on the left of the collage above. I'll let you do your thing before you read on... Okay, back on point, the role of Killer Frost doesn't necessarily need a big-named actress, since it's not the most well-known comic book character. So why not throw in Tammin Sursok? She's great playing the manipulative, vengeful bitch in her former show.
ARES: Ares is the god of war in Greek mythology, son of Zeus and a villainous cosmic entity who acts as antagonist to Wonder Woman. Dedicated to forwarding the cause of war, he acts as a corrupting influence to manipulate others and spread violence.
RICHARD ARMITAGE (Height: 6' 2"; Age: 42; Notable Works: Robin Hood [TV series], The First Avenger: Captain America, The Hobbit [film franchise]): My or the current DC cinematic universe, I would LOVE to see Richard Armitage take on the role of Ares for a Wonder Woman film. I feel he deserves a CBM role where he stays on for a few more films unlike the role of Heinz Kruger in the Captain America movie. It's a combination of his acting as Guy of Gisborne in the Robin Hood TV series, and physical work from the Hobbit trilogy that makes him ideal. Plus, his voice... just perfect.
BATGIRL (BARBARA GORDON): Barbara Gordon is a vigilante super-hero operating as a member of the Batman Family, and (depending on which continuity) the daughter or niece of Gotham City's Police commissioner James Gordon. Beginning her career as Batgirl working alongside Batman and the first Robin, she is an extremely intelligent detective and martial artist who maintains a civilian identity as a librarian. Following the events of The Killing Joke where the Joker paralyzed her from the waist down with a gunshot, she began using the name Oracle to help Batman and other heroes using a massive world-wide communications and espionage network. There are several others who take up her mantle as Batgirl during this time, including Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown whom she mentors, but she is eventually able to walk again and returns to her position.
JESSICA STROUP (Height: 5' 7"; Age: 27; Notable Works: The Hills Have Eyes 2, 90210, Ted, The Following): Yes, another CW actress graces this fancast! Remember, however, that I only choose the proverbial needles in every haystack. Jessica Stroup is one of a few shining spots on 90210 (along with another actress who graces this fancast, but you have to be patient), and her work on that show as Erin Silver made me want to go with her as Batgirl. Silver's bouts with bipolar disorder and leukemia remind me of how Barbara Gordon evolved into her Oracle persona, then back as Batgirl. She even tried her hand at action in the abysmal Hills Have Eyes 2. It would all add up to a proper Batgirl iteration, one that would make up for Alicia Silverstone's abysmal take from Batman & Robin. Plus, I feel she could be a great leading lady if a Birds of Prey spin-off would happen.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER (J'ONN J'ONZZ): Martian Manhunter, also known as J'onn J'onzz and John Jones, is a superhero from the planet Mars and the last surviving member of his race. A martian holocaust killed his wife and daughter, nearly driving him mad, until he was brought to Earth in an accident caused by scientist Saul Erdel. His natural abilities include super-strength, super-speed, invulnerability, flight, shape-shifting, intangibility and telepathy. Although he holds great reverence for his homeworld, he has come to greatly respect his adopted world as well and protects it as his home. In his secret identity, to blend into humanity, he is a gritty hard-boiled police officer.
PETER MENSAH (Height: 6' 3½"; Age: 54; Notable Works: 300, The Incredible Hulk, Avatar [2009 film], Spartacus [TV series], Transformers: Prime): A choice cribbed from Robert Garlen's circa 2009 Justice League: Mortal fan cast (thanks, bud!), Peter Mensah would make for an interesting Martian Manhunter. Besides looking like the New 52 iteration in the Justice League of America Vol 3 #2 comic book, Mensah has a fitting voice, stands tall enough, is built like a brick ****house at 54, and does plenty of physical work in the Spartacus TV series. His toughness on said show does well for both his alien AND human form. Although it would be recommended that Mensah play it compassionately as to not negate the comic book hero's soft side.
GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART): John Stewart is the third Green Lantern of Earth, formerly a sniper for the U.S. Marines and an architect. His power ring grants him the ability to make energy constructs guided by thought using his willpower. Originally given Green Lantern Corps membership after his predecessor Hal Jordan left the position, he has also shared the planet with his friends and fellow officers Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. Prior to her death at the hands of Star Sapphire, he was married to the alien Katma Tui.
MIKE COLTER (Height: 6' 3"; Age: 37; Notable Works: Million Dollar Baby, Ringer [TV series], Men in Black 3): The Green Lantern John Stewart didn't appear as a DLC in the video game, but rather an alternate skin for Hal Jordan. Nonetheless, he's a character I wanted to throw in, as well as premiere my original pick. As much as I wanted to use Michael Jai White as a nod to his voice work in Justice League Heroes, I wanted to go a little younger and lesser known. Enter Mike Colter, an actor that tweeeeenkies3 introduced me to on his deviantART page as his choice for Luke Cage. But as Green Lantern member John Stewart, he would shine. He played roles like this in Salt and Zero Dark Thirty, and was great during the short-lived run of Ringer. Plus, he looks 100% like how John Stewart was drawn during the Justice League Unlimited series.
ZATANNA (ZATANNA ZATARA): Zatanna is a superhero and one of the greatest magic-users in the DC Universe. Her father is the legendary magician Zatara and she works hard to live up to his legacy. The traditional method of spell-casting she uses involves speaking words and sentences backwards. In addition to her career as a hero, she is also a very notable stage performer.
JESSICA LOWNDES: (Height: 5' 3½"; Age: 25; Notable Works: To Have and to Hold, 90210, Altitude, The Prince): So we have Steven R. McQueen, Paul Wesley, Jared Padalecki, Jessica Stroup... and now, Jessica Lowndes? Yikes, the CW has invaded this cast, hasn't it? Well, as I said before, I researched the work of all these actors and made sure they got cast appropriately. Just like the latter here as Zatanna. First off, I'm basing this version off the Young Justice version, who starts off as a teenager and will be the same age as Lowndes at this point. Next, Lowndes' work on 90210 as Adrianna Tate-Duncan mirrors Zatanna in terms of personality and characteristics, both characters being beloved performers who have to face their inner demons. I think this role would be far more suited for her than Scarlet Witch (I have another CW actress in mind for the role). I mean, look at the collage, she looks exactly how Zatanna was drawn during her New 52 adventures.
NIGHTWING (DAMIAN WAYNE): Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne, inherited his father's temper and lack of tolerance. Joining the One Earth regime, Damian accidentally killed Dick Grayson and later adopted his Nightwing persona.
LOGAN HUFFMAN (Age: 24; Notable Works: V [2009 TV series]): MrDonut brought up a point that some of my picks for the characters are rather young considering that the roles are meant to be older in the comics. But I wanted to show off some potentially good casting choices, plus most of them would wind up looking the same 10 years older. That aside, one actor who I'd love to see play the son of Bruce Wayne would be V star Logan Huffman. An unknown would probably play Damian at 13, but Logan would be perfect for when the character goes into his teens. As seen in the aforementioned show, Logan is great at playing someone who has a shaky relationship with his parent. And it doesn't hurt that he looks almost like he could pass as Tahmoh Penikett's son
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