With the recent casting of Tyler Hoechlin as CW's Superman, the network is a step closer to filling out a full Justice League roster. I will go on record now saying that a CW one-off Justice League television movie could be one of the biggest moments in CW — and television, history. And, with Geoff Johns, who is responsible for much of DC's success on CW, now in charge of everything DC, as it's newly named President, it could become a reality.
The first question would be which Justice League? There have been numerous iterations of the league from the original Justice League of America (JLA) formed in 1960 to the more 52-inspired version of the DCEU. As Martian Manhunter already exists in the CW version, we will go with the original JLA lineup that is cast and fill in the rest of the founding members (in more detail) toward the end. And let's put one thing out there right now — we will not see huge film actors dipping into CW so we can forget seeing Jason Momoa or Gal Gadot joining the Flarrowgirlverse.
Who Is Already Cast?
As mentioned above, CW recently announced that Tyler Hoechlin will be joining the cast of Supergirl, and just today they introduced the character for the first time. Now that they have their actor, you can anticipate some crossovers into The Flash and Arrow, and possibly leading the JLA.
Rumors abound as to how big his role will be on Supergirl, but at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, the overlying theme was that it would be focused on the family aspect of the relationship between him and Supergirl, and according to Executive Producer Sarah Schechter, it won't be all smooth sailing:
“I think that Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have superpowers on Earth. He was raised with them, he has certain values so there’s some real head butting and philosophical approaches that are different and we’ll get into all that.”
The Flash, played by Grant Gustin on CW's tv series The Flash, is also a founding member of JLA and the series is the crown jewel of CW's superhero shows, though Supergirl is sure to challenge that when the series kicks off its new season on the CW.
Martian Manhunter a.k.a. J'onn J'onzz a.k.a. Hank Henshaw, played by David Harewood, does not have his own show, but is a prominent series regular on Supergirl.
On Supergirl, J'onnz is most often seen in the form of Hank Henshaw, the former head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (D.E.O.) after revealing his identity to the world to save National City from Supergirl, who was under the effects of red kryptonite. Now that he is no longer running the D.E.O. he is free to join the JLA.
Who Is Not Cast?
While there is a lot of hype surrounding the DCEU's film version of Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa) a CW casting would likely be quite different. Johns and David Rapaport, of David Rapaport Casting, have consistently cast actors with a less brooding feel than the film versions.
As shown by the casting of Hoechlin over Tom Welling as Superman they have also veered away from any versions that might have appeared in the hit show Smallville. So don't expect Alan Ritchson to reprise his role either, though the casting would probably return to the more traditional looking fish-talker that many of us have grown accustomed to.
Sam Heughan, currently starring as Jamie Frasier in Outlander on Starz, would fit the mold better than any Momoa types, and he certainly has the look:
This casting would receive as much publicity and scrutiny as Tyler Hoechlin's casting as Superman received. And, to be honest, I think that Hoechlin would be a better Batman than Superman. Johnathon Schaech would also be a great casting, but he is already cast as Jonah Hex on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
Hal Jordan is one of the funnest castings, and may be the next to come to CW. The network has been teasing fans with hints and Easter Eggs of a Green Lantern appearance for a while now. From the viral screen shot of the Jordan name tag to adding Jordan's sister-in-law Susan Williams, to the cast of Arrow, fans have been predicting a Green Lantern casting for a while.
While I personally would love to see former NCAA basketball champion turned actor Delvon Roe in the role of the John Stewart version of the Green Lantern, if we are casting the original lineup then it has to be Hal Jordan.
Like Matt Cohen, Ian Somerhalder is a veteran of CW and his show The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end. Perfect timing for him to don the green ring.
No secret, the world is all about Wonder Woman right now. She stole the show in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, she won Comic-Con hands down with the debut of her movie trailer, and there is even a stamp set being issued by the United States Postal Service to celebrate her 75th anniversary. Needless to say the addition of Wonder Woman to CW would probably be the networks most anticipated addition to date.
I recently posted about five under-the-radar actresses that would be good for the role, and Julia Voth received the most praise. I'll echo the majority of the comments and say that she would be the best choice for a CW Justice League movie.
Will We Ever See A Justice League Television Movie?
With new members being cast each season we get closer and closer to this happening, and CW would surely have a ratings goliath on their hands, but we likely will not see one until long after the Justice League feature film has left the theaters. Until then we can watch in anticipation as the roster fills out one by one on the CW.
For fans, like myself, that first got to know the Justice League of America from the Super Friends cartoons, here is a fun casting for the Wonder Twins. Without saying anything more I will just leave one picture here. Game of Thrones fans will understand.