Fancast by ager: Superman Returns recast/revision

Fancast by ager: Superman Returns recast/revision

In revising the DCU, this, not Batman Begins, would be DC's comeback to theaters in '05 if it were up to me

In 2005, DCU brought us Batman Begins and, while I have zero complaints about how that movie played out, (more on that later) I would have brought Superman to the big screen 1st.

If I had been given the gauntlet with which to run, My Superman would have been much different.

I won't even debate on whether or not the actors were right fight for the part. The bottom line is Superman Returns was a failure. That much is indisputable.

The rules are simple...

In this version, no actor given a role received a role.


It's a brand new thing...

But, since that series is so deeply in our memories, and Smallville was airing, I didn't want to spend too much time on his beginnings.

For the record, I think DC should have just conquered the small screen and never hit theaters with Supes or Bats.

Superman: Last Son of Krypton 2005

Clark Kent, a young child, when his powers begin to develop, is told, by his father, that he "must not share your secret with the world. They won't understand. There are evil, corrupt men out there that will use your gifts against you, the ones you loves and the world."

"But, daddy, I want to be Slam Bradley, like in the comic books, and beat up the bad guys."

"If the world needs you, you'll know. Until then, be the Clark Kent your mother and I raised, be proud of who you are. Clark Kent from..."

(scene flashes into Kent's adulthood) (he's keeping his powers under wraps, blending in)

"...SMALLVILLE!?" shouts Lois at Perry. "You want me to lug some farm boy around Lex Luthor's lab? Jimmy and I can do this without him, Perry."

The oafish, quiet Clark, the nerdy Jimmy and the independent Lois have the given relationships that we know.

Lex goes bat$hit and makes a deal to create advanced weaponry for Bruno Mannheim and his Intergang, while building on his fortunes.

We learn Lex's baldness correlates with his technology. Years ago, Dr. Gerard Shugel claimed to have retrieved fragments from an alien space ship rumored to have crash landed in Smallville. Shugel grew ill and developed paraplegia. He hired his protege Luthor and, upon his death, Luthor inherited everything.

Luthor lost his hair through the same exposure but found that encasing the fragments in led was enough to cease radiation exposure.

Luthor and Manheim lay seige on Metropolis and it is up to Clark Kent to stop them. He journeys home to learn more about his past.

He meets up with an old friend/flame by the name of Lana Lang and, trusting her more than anyone else besides his parents, learns of his past alongside his closest friend.

Briefly, and I can't emphasize that enough, we learn of Krypton's fate. Dru-Zod is a megalomaniacal Kryptonian, in charge of the military forces on Krypton. He knew Jor-El, Superman's father. Jor-El was Krypton's lead scientist. He attempted to take over Krypton, leading an army. He was sentenced to exile in the Phantom Zone, an invention of Jor-El, for life for his crimes.

It's in the memories of all of us so no need to waist too much time there.

Clark grabs the blanket he was wrapped in, his father's robe, and becomes Superman.

He saves Lois; she falls for the cape; Jimmy gets some good pictures; Clark is "away in Kansas"; Mannheim is defeated; Luthor is aquitted and garners a higher profile within Metropolis for aiding in Mannheim's capture.

The end of the movie sees Braniac emerge and offers Luthor "power, wealth and knowledge, beyond anything you can imagine if you aid me in destruction of the Kryptonian.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow 2007

A partnership between Lex and Braniac, with the goal of destroying Superman, was formed. The two combined their genius to bring down the man of steel.

Braniac is obsessed with capturing the "relic", Kal-El, as he can tap into the depths of his brain and learn what the once-infant bore witness to, whether he is aware or not. In exchange for Lex's help, Braniac not only tells Lex about kryptonite and it's effects, but leads Lex into a life of wealth and admiration.

The 2 plot Metropolis' destruction whilst framing Superman. All the while, as the people loose faith in Superman, they begin to support Lex.

The people begin to see him as an alien and grow scared. Lex's popularity rises and he steps forward to abolish the Kryptonian.

By the final arc, Lois discovers, and airs, the truth (after, even she, believed otherwise) and Superman fights Braniac, barely beating him and dismantling his body.

Lex is arrested only to have the people rally in favor of setting him free as he was only doing what he believed was best for his city (to no use as he was still incarcerated).

Braniac's head is seen (unknown to anyone within the DCverse), computerized, across the computer's in what was once Lex's lab, but is now part of his estate.

Superman is once again held as a hero.

Superman: The Man of Steel 2009

Superman pretty much has crime in check, is looked upon with awe, respect and gratitude by America and spends most of his time a the dorky Clark Kent.

Luthor is out of jail, having spent only 4 years, due to his standing as a great citizen of Metropolis and all of his new money. He has successfully become the Luthor we know today.

His part, though, is small, and in the background to the greater story. Supes tells him he's lucky after realizing their is a greater threat than he.

Orphans have gone missing at an alarming rate in Metropolis. Detective Dan Turpin and reporter Lois Lane discovers "The Grandmaster" (Granny Goodness), an alien resembling a human.

Superman must journey to Apokolips and battle the Female Furies and Kalibak before getting his hands on his most powerful foe yet, Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips.

He needs assistance from Barda, who has defected after the murder of her loved one, Scott Free.

Barda is given a meaty back story.

Darkseid's goal is to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into his own image. To this end, he seeks to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess, collectively within their minds, most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to painfully probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation.

(hence every wack job claiming aliens probed their minds)

Darkseid is defeated when Superman and Barda rally Apokolips' people, all of which are slaves, against Darkseid, Kalibak and the Furies in a revolution that forces the lord to flee with Grandmaster, leaving the Furies and Kalibak to succumb to the overwhelming volatile actions of the enslaved.

Barda says that Orion of New Genesis will now control the planet. She will become his right hand. Orion's reign will bring peace to her planet but they will be ready for Darkseid's vengeful return.

Orion enters what was Darkseid's fortress. When Superman questions why he was not there to help defeat Darkseid if his planet was at war with Apokolips He says that, "Although I am a dog of war, I must control my rage, and not take in the darkness that overwhelms my father and brother. Even though I am genetically my father's kin, I am no more his than are you. This victory is to be awarded to the enslaved populace. Now, among the proud, I will lead."

Superman says he will be there when they need him.


Owain Yeoman
Age: 27
Height: 6'3"
Known For: Kitchen Confidential

Superman Bio:
This Superman has logged in enough time in the Smallville papers and is looking to move up to bigger and better things.

Clark is very awkward. Not as an act, but more because he is uncomfortable in his skin. Not because he's an alien and feels like he doesn't belong, but, rather because he's so strong he's scared to do something, anything, too hard. That's why Clark's a dork.

He also won't be as dorky as the old Reeve-Clark. He's a different kind. More a 'farmer in a big city, oops i snapped a guy's shoulder when I patted him on the back' kind.

Why Yeoman:
He is the perfect age and size. I'm not going to even tell you how many guys I looked over for the role. 7 or something like that. I know his name has been thrown around here currently, but he is perfect then. Now, too.

He's an unknown. He has a comforting look, like a big boy scout. He also looks kind of odd, or out of place. He is totally different from Reeve or Welling. He has a beefy farm boy look about him. In uniform he could definitely intimidate and drive the ladies wild, while in an unkept business shirt and tie, with glasses and messed hair, slouched and all, he would look like a giant (literally) nerd.

I think his facial structure would play well too. He could appear both chiseled and frumpy/overweight, depending on if he were Supes or Clark.

Lois Lane
Eliza Dushku
Age: 25
Geek Cred: Buffyverse

Lois Bio:
Roving reporter, Lois, liked to be on top; she was not above taking risks to get a story as well as using aggressive tactics to accomplish her goals. She is an award winning reporter who has travelled a great deal and can be easily classified as the newspaper's star reporter. When she first meets Clark Kent, she dismisses him as a hay seed from Smallville.

Why Dushku:
Sexy, Tough, great actress. Geek cred galore. The list is endless... Ok, it ends there, but those are all solid reasons.

Lex Luthor
Gary Sinise
Age: 50
Geek Cred: (to name only one) Forrest Gump

Luthor Bio:
I wanted, and still want, to bring Lex back to his roots, and watch him evolve into the Lex we know today. We never see him as the scientist anymore, and to watch that transformation would be fun, and something new.

I wanted a younger, cooler Lex, but not a peer to Clark. He had to be strong, but appear less than threatening in a fight. Shirt off, dude's ripped; shirt on, just another guy.

Why Sinise:
I think I went through more names here than with Superman. I went through all the obvious ones, and some, I even used for other roles. I wanted someone thin, intelligent looking, suave, and ultimately, an amazing actor that would play this role better than anyone. He is not played for chuckles as he had been played in the past. He is a serious threat. Sinise beat out some incredible actors.

Jimmy Olsen
John Francis Daley
Age: 20
Geek Cred: Waiting...

Olsen Bio:
Lois' camera man and wide-eyed lil' pal. A smart ass.

His reactions alone, since he had only one line, was enough to have me place him here. To be honest, he was my only choice. Whatever age he was, was going to be Olsen's age. He's perfect for a new, cooler Olsen.

Jonathan Kent
Jon Voight
Age: 57
Geek Cred: Varsity Blues

Martha Kent
Julie Christie
Age: 54
Geek Cred: Doctor Zhivago

Ma and Pa Bio:
They are the traditionally, lovable, adoptive parents of Clark. They are very inspirational.

Voight and Christie:
They are icons in show business. I wanted the audience to see them as Clark does; to respect them and quiet down and listen to every spoken word as he does. I think They can achieve that captivation. Voight, maybe, more so than Christie to most younger people, but she is just as talented and seasoned as he.

Lana Lang
Rachel McAdams
Age: 27
Geek Cred: Wedding Crashers

Lana Bio:
Lana is Clark's strength, his tie to what he really is... a farm boy from Smallville. He trusts her more than anyone else and the 2 discover is true potential together. They are each other's 1st love and have so much respect for one another

Often times, she is used as Lois. As much as I don't mind that, she has a sweeter face than the tougher Lois. I think she and Yeoman would look so real as the 2 ex sweethearts from Kansas.

Robert Patrick
Age: 47
Geek Cred:(hmmmm, just one) T2

Jor-El Bio:
He's not the uber-involved dad that he's been in the Reeveverse or on Smallville. This is more a brief audobio from where Clark came. The meat of his character is shown, quickly, when he faces off against Zod. He is the brains (ala Lex) and Zod, the muscle (ala Clark). I think that is very interesting and would love for that to come off strongly in the movie.

He is a scientist; Krypton's lead scientist.

Patrick is just fantastic. I love this guy. He was my number 2 (along with Kevin Bacon) behind Sinise, who won based on his being better looking). I looked at Patrick and I saw the intellegence of Lex but a similarity, somewhat, to Yeoman. I thought he had enough of a resemblance to Yoeman that he would make an incredible Jor-El

Jeri Ryan
Age: 37
Geek Cred: Star Trek: Voyager

I want her to be the reason Kal-El is sent to Earth. Kryptonians are like reptiles, in that they don't love one another, or their children. She is different and loves her husband. Look at them as Leonidas in 300. They want to, but don't. Well, she convinced Jor-El to send Kal-El away.

Man, I'm not gonna lie, the only reason I picked her is for the geek cred. So sue me. Lara-El was never that big a character.

General Zod
Kevin Bacon
Age: 47
Geek Cred: Tremors

Relate him to whomever, but he was the Hitler/Napoleon/Genghis Khan/Alexander the Great of Krypton.

As mentioned, Bacon was tied for the runner-up spot when it came to Luthor. I thought he, as Zod, was so cool. I could really see Bacon and Patrick making the most of the small scenes. Those 2 as these characters really would be special. Amazing actors that become the these 2 would make such an impact.

Perry White
George Carlin
Age: 67
Geek Cred: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

White maintains very high ethical and journalistic standards. He is an archetypal image of the tough, irascible but fairminded boss. White was an award-winning journalist before becoming 'whatever one who is in charge of a news station is called.' Yes, this is a news station and not a newspaper.

The one thing that must be done to differ him from Spiderman's JJJ is to have this guy play him

You know when Carlin was his funniest. When he played that one guy in that one movie, where he acted like himself. Yes, that's every movie. That's how he will play Perry. Carlin as Perry as Carlin. That's the best way.

Unfortunately, Carlin passed away in '08, before the finale of '09 appears. It's ok, in that, Much of the movie takes place in Apokolips, and his appearance is not crucial.

The movie would, no doubt, be in memory of Carlin.

Bruno Mannheim
Dean Winters
Age: 41
Geek Cred: Oz

A thug gangster who inherited Intergang from his daddy... You have Lex who earned his place as successor. Superman, who is on his way to becoming the hero Jor-El wishes him to be and the one Jonathan has raised him to be. Bruno was just handed this powerful gang and has no idea what to do. He's spoiled, but every bit as dangerous as he should be. He's a big, immature kid with a loaded gun.

Originally, I was looking to use Christopher Meloni but I just used him in my last cast. BTW, he was another Luthor option. I looked no further by the very intense and very impressive Winters, who starred alongside Meloni in Oz.

Viggo Mortensen
Age: 47
Geek Cred: LotR

A supercomputer that feeds off of collected records of various planets, destroying them, assimilating technology from each destroyed civilization and upgrading himself each time. Brainiac eventually builds an android body for himself and makes his way to Earth under the pretense of a peaceful exchange of knowledge with Lex Luthor. He collects rellects, i.e. last survivors of extinct species to study and learn.

Number 4 (or 3 depending on how you look at it) on my Luthor list. He is stronger and how I perceive this version of Brainiac. He has a great, cold look to him and would kill as the villain who's going to go toe-to-toe with Supes.

Dan Turpin
James Caan
Age (as of '09): 69
Geek Cred: Godfather

The hardened, stereotypical Lieutenant Inspector, Dan Turpi, is a member of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.

Referencing a previous fancast, I saw Caan and it dawned on me that he was great for Turpin. Like Voight, he commands respect. Immediately, Caan would invoke a kind of power over the audience that is needed for Turpin. If a human earns the respect of Superman, he's gotta be a badass. There's no one more bad than Caan.

(Grandmaster) Granny Goodness
Kirstie Alley
Age (as of '09): 58
Geek Cred: Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan

1st, you'll notice the name change. I like it better 'don't know why. Granny=Grandma=Grandmaster

Grandmaster did not begin as one of the higher-level residents of Apokolips, but was instead one of the brutally-oppressed peasant class. She was removed from her parents and trained to be one of Darkseid's elite soldiers.

Darkseid had her run the training facility for his elite soldiers, where she uses brainwashing and torture, in a brutal parody of child care, to turn the innocent into fanatical warriors willing to kill or die for Darkseid's glory. Grandmaster runs the "orphanage" on Apokolips and is the chief of the Female Furies. She also raised Scott Free, the son of Highfather of New Genesis who had been traded for Darkseid's son as part of a peace treaty. Scott Free became the first child to successfully escape one of her Orphanages and was later, in adulthood, after running for years, was found, and killed, by Grandmaster's Furies.

Grandmaster will take on a differnet appearence here, She is younger.

Really, I'm using her based on her performance in The Last Don. Amazing!!!! Find it. Watch it. Wow!

It's no insult on the 'fat actress', although very heavy, Alley could, as we've seen, lose the weight, and still make a killer Granny.

Morena Baccarin
Age (as of '09): 30
Geek Cred: Firefly

Lashina is raised a warrior in Grandmaster's orphanage, and takes over leadership of the Female Furies when Big Barda turns on them after she meets escape, Scott Free.

Lashina will be very flirtatious with Superman, crushing on him a bit, possibly showing a small sign of weakness

She's so hot. I was looking to use her as a more ethnis Lois but opted not to. Once I had her in my head I told myself I was using one way or another. Lashina has a very olive-skinned, ethnic feel IMO and so I thought it was a great fit

Evan Rachel Wood
Age (as of '09): 22
Geek Cred: Running with Scissors

A member of the Female Furies, Gilotina was able to rise in their ranks very quickly. She is significantly younger than Lashina and takes on the middle sister role. Not that these girls are loving, that is far from the case, but they take on a similar sisterly role, in other ways, with one another

It's her performance in Thirteen that would land her this deadly role. She is an actress far beyond her time and would truly make the audience tremble as the most viscous of the 3.

Isabelle Fuhrman
Age (as of '09): 12
Geek Cred: Orphan

A member of the Female Furies, Malice is an insane girl that controls a shadow demon called Chess. She is noteworthy for her bratty, yet cynical personality.

In the comic's Malice's appearance and name are based on Alice from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Her shadow monster is named Chessure, based on the Cheshire Cat.

Like Granny Goodness, whose name I changed to Grandmaster, I've taken liberties with this character as well.

She will still retain the name and (darker) look, but her shadow demon, who will play second fiddle to her, will be named Chess to lessen the connection to Alice.

She is far more deadly and out right insane in this version.

Essentially, she's going to play Malice the same way, or at least, conjure up the same creepiness, she did for

Michael Wincott
Age: (irrelevant)
Geek Cred: The Crow

The first-born son of Darkseid. He becomes a legendary warrior, and often serves as Darkseid's second-in-command. He secretly craves the love of his father - something neither he, nor anyone else, can ever hope to attain.

Although Kalibak will be part CGI and part muppet, Wincott, with his slimey, grovely voice that can only be achieved through, what I'm guessing, is excessive smoking that is eating his lungs, provides the perfect tone for Kailbak. It's not as royal as Darkseid, yet not as tough or deep as say, Panthro (New Thundercats) or Goliath (Gargoyles). It's the right balance of everything and 100% evil.

Karen Cliche
Age (as of '09): 33
Geek Cred: Mutant X

Barda was born of the race of New Gods about 250 years ago, on Apokolips. Her mother was named Breeda, but Barda was taken away from her at an early age to be trained as a warrior. She was a product of Grandmaster's Home for Orphaned Youth. Grandmaster groomed Barda to one day lead the Female Furies. However, during a raid, Barda meets Scott Free, Darkseid's adopted son, and, sensing a peace about him, fell in love.

Barda risked her own safety by assisting Scott in escaping Grandmaster. Barda was then hunted alongside her lover and husband until he was caught and killed. Now she, alone, rebels against Darkseid, Grandmaster, Kalibak and the Furies. She chooses to stay on the decaying planet and fight, as a lone warrior, rather than live on New Genesis, the planet at odds with Apokolips.

Once, and I was off on this pick, I saw her as a great Wonder Woman. I then used her as a 2005 Wonder Woman and I see the same qualities in Barda that I see in Wonder Woman. Point is, She was good enough for WW and is better for Barda.

Christopher Judge
Age (as of '09): 45
Height: 6'3"
Geek Cred: Stargate SG-1

Ruling Apokolips, and shaping it into his own twisted hell he, at some point, had a son, Kalibak. Darkseid, later, bore another son, Orion.
The destructive war with the rival planet, New Genesis, was stopped only with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather, of New Genesis, and Darkseid.

Darkseid's second born son was surrendered to Highfather, while Darkseid received Scott Free, who later rebelled and was killed, not after setting Barda on her path. This eventually turned out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis in opposition to his father.

The prophecy foretold that Darkseid would meet his final defeat at the hands of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armageddon of Apokolips.

He seeks to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life Equation, which gives its user complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe. Darkseid had tried on several other occasions to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods.

He had a special interest in Earth, as he believed humans possess collectively within their minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intended to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation.

With his voice, his presence and his height, is the best Darkseid. He would have made an excellent opposition for Yeoman's Superman. The clash between those 2 would be memorable.

Casper Van Dien
Age (as of '09): 41
Geek Cred: Starship Troopers

He is the second son of Darkseid, and the half brother of Kalibak. As a child, he was traded for Scott Free in a peace effort between New Genesis and Apokolips. Raised as the son of Highfather Izaya, he was taught to control his rage and anger, becoming the most powerful warrior either world has ever known. This in itself was not an easy task given that his heritage boiled with the rage of the brutal and merciless Darkseid. Learning how to control his dark nature consumed much of Orion's youth, but as he grew, his friends among the New Gods helped him direct his anger. He is a hero dedicated to the ideals of New Genesis. His fighting skill and stamina have earned him the nickname "The Dog of War".

Van Dien:
The life size Ken Doll has the look of a model super hero. With such a small but important climactic role, Casper looks astonishingly like a comic book hero come to life. Of all the geek cred actors, Van Dien is the most, well, fake looking.

Next... Batman '06
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