Man of Steel has proven itself to be a commercial success, if not entirely a critical one.
But to the eyes of the studios it did exactly what it set out to do, which is make money. The sequel was officially greenlit before the film even came out, and the future of DC’s Cinematic Universe began to develop. We were already working under the assumption that the recently ‘confirmed’ Justice League was dependent on the success of Superman’s big reboot, and since that went swimmingly it’s time to start looking forward.
With the announcement of not only the appearance of Batman in the man of Steel sequel, but the actor cast as well (Ben Affleck, didn’t you hear?), the roster of the Justice League is slowly starting to fill up. While we would still have a few years to wait for Justice League, we can start casting our dream team right now! Brian Kronner, Chris Tansuche, Amanda Denton, and I sat down and hashed out a cast of characters in a discussion that involved a lot of fighting and name-calling.
Eventually we all agreed on who we generally wanted to see in the role, and who would bring something great to a Justice League movie. Some of these choices may seem unlikely, but they were decided upon with nothing but a fan’s love for the characters and the team in general. Starting with…
Superman – Henry Cavill
This was a no-brainer. Obviously Henry Cavill is here for the long haul, and we couldn’t be happier. Say what you will about Snyder’s Man of Steel, we can all agree that once Cavill put on the cape he was Superman. A flawed, slightly tragic version of the character, but its still early, and his heroic career has time to grow. We would hope for a more developed and brighter look at Supes in the Man of Steel, but seeing as he will be facing off against the next character on the list, that might not happen.
Batman – Ben Affleck
The casting decision that shut down the internet, Ben Affleck will be donning the mantle of the bat, and joins an illustrious group of actors who have all dealt with the repercussions of accepting the daunting role. His version of Batman has been described as ‘tired and weary’, and will presumably take some cues from the iconic version seen in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Affleck has certainly added to his range over the last few years with roles in The Town and Argo, which he also directed. Presuming everything goes according to plan, we could be seeing the start of a new Bat trilogy as well as a continuing Justice League story set in a new DC Cinematic Universe, which is exciting regardless of your feelings of ‘Batfleck’.
Wonder Woman – Gina Carano
We would love to see a Wonder Woman appearance on the big screen before a JL movie came in to being, but with the studio’s apparent fear of the character’s cinematic success that might be unlikely. When she does finally appear, she needs to be brought to life by someone who can easily hold their own with Batman and Superman, and stand firmly as part of the DC Trinity. Gina Carano has the presence to pull off the Amazonian princess, the skill to portray the born warrior, and the strength to help carry the film. We loved her in Haywire and marveled at her physicality in Fast and the Furious 6, and with news of her starring role in an Avengelyne film, she will be no stranger to the superhero movie by the time Justice League is ready to go.
Flash – Garrett Hedlund
While Grant Gustin has been cast as Arrow’s Flash, it remains to be seen if the TV characters will crossover with the cinematic universe. We are definitely talking Barry Allen when casting Garrett Hedlund, who definitely has the image down, especially with the New 52 version of the character. He would thrive on the team as the forensics scientist who happens to also be the fastest man alive, and Hedlund would bring some much needed heart to the role. Flash is arguably one of the key characters who would help the JL mesh as a team, and Hedlund could pull that off while launching a franchise of his own. No stranger to light up costumes, Hedlund played the hero role in Tron: Legacy, and has the potential to really center in on what makes Barry a great member of the team. And Barry always works best when paired with his buddy…
Green Lantern – Jensen Ackles
Obviously assuming that Ryan Reynolds won’t return to the role after his previous flop as the character, we also have to take a guess as to which GL they would go with. We pick Jensen Ackles as the cocky, bravado filled Hal Jordan, in order to better benefit from his friendship with Barry Allen. Ackles has the humor and attitude to pull off a fantastic Hal Jordan, and any fan of Supernatural knows he can play the serious moments believably while pulling off the cocky funny guy as well. These are all great qualities that would enable him to do Green Lantern justice, but mainly, we just want to see him given the chance to shine he deserves. We would also love to see alternate GL John Stewart on screen, but we prefer to give the Barry/Hal relationship a spotlight in the film.
Aquaman – Charlie Hunnam
We’ve been fans of Charlie Hunnam since Undeclared, and his role as badass biker Jax on Sons of Anarchy showcased his acting skills, and a degree of royalty that would serve Aquaman well. He bulked up considerably for his role in Pacific Rim, and we think he has the chops to bring life to the King of Atlantis. Aquaman is currently at new levels of greatness thanks to Geoff Johns, and would add considerably to the cinematic team with Hunnan in the role. Slap a little scalemail on and crank up the arrogance, and we have a perfect Arthur Curry ready to condescend to the rest of the League.
Cyborg – Michael B. Jordan
Cyborg is our everyman character, and as he played a key role in the formation of the Justice League with the launch of the New 52, he could do the same in the film version. This was our easiest character to cast, and Michael B. Jordan impressed us so much with his roles in Chronicle and Fruitvale Station that we had no dissenting votes. While he may be a bit on the small side to play the relatively large character of Victor Stone, with the right effects and robotic armor to bulk him up, Jordan could handle the role fantastically. He would also offer the perfect point of view for the audience to relate to these larger than life heroes, keeping them grounded in reality.
Darkseid – Eamonn Walker
While we have little confirmation on Darkseid’s role in the film, chances are good that the powerhouse villain will be the right kind of threat to bring the heroes of the League together. Who better to play the role than Eamonn Walker, who has such a commanding voice and talent for heavy dramatic roles like Oz and Chicago Fire. While a lot of the visual aspect of the character would most likely be effects based, you still need the imposing figure of Eamonn to match the booming voice and give the League a run for their money. Plus, we just love Eamonn Walker and everything he does.
That wraps up our cast for the eventual Justice League film, and while we still have a long way to go until we see the movie fully develop, this cast is a good start to bring us an epic look at DC’s mightiest heroes.
What do you think of our cast for Justice League? Are we out of our minds or did we hit this one out of the park? Sound off in the comments section below!
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