Lantern Storm Recasts The Batman Franchise

Over the years, we've received many adaptations of Batman on the big screen. We've seen Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale portray the Dark Knight. Now that Warner Bros. has chosen to reboot the franchise once again, I shall give my fan cast for the characters.

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By Shannon Cornthwaite - 12/23/2012
Over the years we've had the pleasure of seeing Cesar Romero, Jack Nickolson and Heath Ledger portraying Batman's arch enemy The Joker... If only there was someone out there who could possibly merge each of these portrayals together. Oh wait, there is!
Christian Slater is the perfect candidate to play The Clown Prince of Chaos. For years, people have imagined him as a young Jack Nicholson. He's got the smile, the laugh and the eye brows.



So if we receive Christian Slater as The Joker, who then could pull off a portrayal of his main squeeze Harley Quinn? Well there's one actress who comes to mind, but she'd need to bleach her hair. She's got the high pitched voice, the demented laugh, and the athletic ability to play Harley. So for this role I chose Fairuza Balk.



For the Dark Knight himself, I've chosen someone who isn't a stranger to comic book movies. He's play Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spiderman series. He's got the build,the brooding personality, and the look of a playboy, so I chose Joe Manganiello as Batman.



Casting the Penguin was a rather difficult task, we've already seen both Burgess Meredith and Danny Devito portray him. But who could do him justice in a new film franchise? There is someone who is capable of playing him nicely, Mark Sheppard of the series Supernatural and Leverage.



As for the Riddler... both live action portrayals we've seen, have made him a light hearted version of the Joker. This won't do however, for a new film franchise. The Riddler needs to be dark, the personification of genius level intelligence. I would have to say, if anyone could play the Riddler spot on it would have to be Neil Patrick Harris. Though he's not usually known for playing dark characters, I have faith that he could pull it off.



On to the Scarecrow. In the Dark Knight franchise we received Cillian Murphy's portrayal of the Master of Fear. However, I feel they should stay true to his physical description in the comics. We would need a tall, skinny, lengthy man to play him. We need someone who we're not use to seeing play a "Dark" character. For the part of Scarecrow, I chose DJ Qualls who's played in Supernatural and Road Trip.



Now onto a few other villains. Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Killer Croc and Bane.

For Poison Ivy I chose Emma Stone



For Catwoman I chose Rachel McAdams



For Mr. Freeze, Hugh Laurie



For Killer Croc,Tommy "Tiny" Lister



For Bane, Mickey Rourke



Time to move onto Batgirl, Robin (Tim Drake), Nightwing, Alfred and Commissioner Gordon.

Commissioner Gordon would have to be played by Bryan Cranston.



Alfred would be Terence Stamp or Donald Sutherland.




Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon would be Michelle Trachtenberg.



Robin (Tim Drake) would be Nathan Kress of iCarly fame.



Nightwing needs to be US Olympic Gymnast Jake Dalton.



These are just a few of my choices for the new Batman film franchise.

I would also like to see past Batman actors make cameo appearances in the film franchise as well. Perhaps make Michael Keaton the mayor, with Val Kilmer on the board of directors for Wayne Enterprises, George Cloony portraying a Dick Grayson's father, Christian Bale with a small walk on cameo and Adam West as another board member of Wayne Enterprises or a judge.
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BANE5000 - 12/23/2012, 4:28 PM
That would be one trippy treat to see all the previous Batmen as small cameo roles in these films some may not like it but u gotta admit it would be fun to watch :]
johnblake - 12/23/2012, 8:43 PM
i like
johnblake - 12/23/2012, 8:43 PM
escpicallyt the old batman references
Lewis25 - 12/24/2012, 7:53 AM
I really like some of your picks.

Joker: Christian Slater would be really good but I prefer Michael Sheen.

Batman: I dont really see Manganiello as Batman, I would cast Jim Caviezel.

Penguin: Mark Sheppard is my choice for Penguin as well.

Riddler: NPH is awesome and would be great as Riddler

Nightwing: I think you need an actor for Nightwing not a Gymnast. I would cast Sean Faris.

Jason Todd should be played by Drew Roy.
Kakarot - 12/24/2012, 11:28 AM
Few good, a lot of bad.
lanternstorm - 12/24/2012, 2:48 PM
@ Lewis25... I can't really see Michael Sheen as Joker. and you would have the same guy who played Jesus Christ, also play batman? can't see it... For Nightwing, you would absolutely have to have a gymnast... mainly for his build and athletic ability. You have to be able to sell to the audience that this guy is in fact an Olympic level gymnast even though he grew up in the circus, he needs to look the part.
lanternstorm - 12/24/2012, 5:56 PM
seriously dude?! Get a life.
nerdman81 - 12/24/2012, 6:45 PM
Man...the bad in this fancast is just plain horrible! Some choices I can totally see working, but most of them were just...ugh! Fairuza Balk as Harley Quinn? She is so nasty! You need a total hottie that can also do crazy as [frick]! DJ Qualls? Dude can't act for shit, and I would never be able to buy him as either crazy OR a doctor. Mickey Rourke as Bane? That's just horrible on every level. Good actor, but he would make Tom Hardy as Bane look like it was a good idea! I like Hugh Laurie a helluva lot, but his personality in his roles are what's so great! For freeze, you need someone totally deadpan, with very little emotion shown. Everyone else ranges from "good" to "aww hell, why not?" Best one is Joe M for Batman. I think he'd be terrific!
schneider625 - 12/25/2012, 2:59 AM
I am so sick of checking these out and seeing Manganiello casted. He is a horrible actor.
SpanX13 - 12/25/2012, 5:25 AM
Interesting choices, can't see most of em except Cranston. I'd like to see di Caprio as Joker,think after Django it'll make more sense why. Which is why I always like the idea of Stanley Tucci as Alfred. Yeah he's not English, but Bale wasn't American & he did great playing a German in Captain America.

As for the Batman of the past making cameo's,would be great. I'd add Kevin Conroy & Bruce Greenwood as well...for the true Geek fanboys,specially if they remark to his voice while in costume.
lanternstorm - 12/26/2012, 12:08 PM
well let's see Gymnasts who've turned actors... Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers and a vast supply of other movies) David Yost (also Power Rangers and now works a a director and producer)... It's not unheard of for a gymnast to become an actor just like it's not unheard of for music performers, pro wrestlers, basketball players, boxers etc to become actors.
SAT - 12/26/2012, 2:10 PM
@JokerFanHAhaHA You could atleast be a little nicer about it, I doubt attacking them will make them see your way of thinking, just saying.



Anyway, yeah its not a great cast but not the worst, you have some really great cast in here, not totally sold on your Joker pick, but it could work I guess. I'm not a fan of Tim Drake's pick, I have no problem with casting Disney/Nick stars, but he just doesnt fit. I don't have a clue who your Harley pick is, also I like the idea of having an actual gymnist as Nightwing, but the problem is is that we dont know if they can act!
lanternstorm - 12/26/2012, 2:38 PM
Faruza (my pick for Harley Quinn) played on The Craft, Waterboy, American History X, etc etc etc.
SAT - 12/26/2012, 7:25 PM
Huh maybe I have seen your Harley picl, I'v seen the Waterboy, I'll have to rewatch it.

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