Hello everyone and welcome to what I am calling the Nerd Water Cooler. Here we will discuss fantasy casting. I am a big fan of comic book movies and figured that would be the most logical place to start. I love what Disney is doing with their Marvel properties and I thought what would it be like if DC/WB had that kind of direction. So let's forget everything that is happening with DC properties and completely restart everything.
What I will do is cast the movies in the order I think they should come out. Each film will lead up to the eventual Justice League movie and beyond. With all of its properties under the Warner Bros banner DC can do something Marvel can’t, and hopefully through these Water Coolers I will show how this could work. I will even tease post and mid credit scenes which should tease the next film in the DC series and that respected character’s series. With all of that said we will start with the Flash.
Why the Flash first? Many in the comic book world believe that Barry Allen’s donning of the red and yellow was the ushering in of the Silver Age of comics. So I say who more appropriate to kick off the DC Cinemaverse. Here it is Nerd Water-Cooler #1: The Flash.The Flash/Barry Allen: Matt Barr
I have debated this choice over and over, but one thing is clear never would I ever pick Grant Gunstin, and after seeing the two Arrow episodes only cements that feeling. So not being one to complain without offering a solution here is what I was thinking. At first I went with Ryan Gosling, but he is a star and these movies should make stars. Next, I went with Charlie Hunnam but felt that he would be better as another Hero. So I chose Matt Barr. Who is Matt Barr and why? Barr has had stints on One Tree Hill and Hellcats. He also recently was seen on the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys and in the recent film Parkland. If you look at the casts of his latter two projects he can hold his own. He is also 30 years old so he is believable as a member of the Central City Crime Scene Investigative unit. The other thing is he is blonde and if you know the comics Barry is blonde. Neither John Wesley Shipp nor Grant Gunstin fits that bill, so this would be a first. Plus give this guy a buzz cut and he is Barry Allen.Iris West: Anna Kendrick
Iris is Barry Allen’s lady love. She’s Barry’s future wife. Why Kendrick? I usually try to stay away from Twilight alum, but Kendrick has been nominated for a Tony Award and an Oscar. She has also has starred opposite George Clooney, Jake Gylenhaal, and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, so we know she can act.Wally West: Jack Quaid
Iris’ nephew/future Kid Flash/future Flash. This role could be one of those that you throw in for the fanboys and to set up for a sequel. Plus, with the set up for a future sequel you also have the set up for spin off movies i.e. Teen Titans. Quaid gained notoriety in 2012 playing Marvel in a little movie called The Hunger Games. He also happens to be the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid so acting is in his blood.Dr. Tina McGee: Lauren Cohan
The inclusion of this character is one of many nods to the 1990 TV show. McGee was the doctor who worked for S.T.A.R. Labs that helped Barry with his powers on the show. She also functioned as a love interest. I don’t think that the movie should go that far but she could be a foil for a doctor who could help Barry. Why Cohan? The Walking Dead is one of the best shows on TV, if not the best, and Cohan holds her own in the zombie apocalypse. She can play the tough girl and she will need to be tough to handle the next character who will be her boss.Eobard Thawne/Professor Zoom: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Zoom is the greatest nemesis of the Flash. While I wouldn’t have him as the main villain in the first movie why not set him up for the second film. You could have him working with McGee to help Barry, but he becomes obsessed with Barry’s power and wants it for himself eventually driving him insane. Coster-Waldau is perfect at playing a duplicitous character; see his performance as Jaimie Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones. While you wouldn’t have him as Zoom in the first film you could set him up for the second film. Perhaps having a post credits scene where Thawne recreates Barry’s accident.
Leonard Snart/Captain Cold: Keifer Sutherland
Cold is the poster boy for Barry’s Rogues Gallery so it is only appropriate that he is the first villain for the Flash. I have always read Snart as having a gravely rasp to his voice much like Jack Bauer. It would also give Sutherland a job post 24. Plus with Barr being an unknown Sutherland would provide a little “star power.”Julio Mendez: Brandon T. Jackson
Another nod to The Flash television show from 1990-91. Julio was Barry’s partner in the CSI division of the Central City Police Department. He was also constantly trying to set up Barry with random women. Jackson has been in both Percy Jackson films and was also in Tropic Thunder.Jay Garrick: Kurt Russell
Jay Garrick is the Golden age Flash a member of the JSA. This is important because in a way you are establishing a working cinematic universe. Much like Wally West will hint at a Teen Titans film, Jay would hint at the possibility of a JSA flashback film. You could also have Jay function as Barry’s adoptive father a friend of the family who takes Barry in after his mother’s death and father’s arrest. Russell is the perfect age to function as a father figure for Barry.Music: Foo Fighters
Yes I went as far to include who should do the music in the movie. For The Flash I chose the Foo Fighters. If you have ever worked out to their music you know it’s good to run to. The Flash runs and that’s my reason and I’m sticking to it. Plus it’s the Foo Fighters.Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
Kurtzman & Orci is the team that brought us the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its sequel. They are also responsible for the first Transformers movie (the following two shall be forgotten), Fringe, Transformers Prime, and TVs Sleepy Hollow to name a few. I think these guys would be able to handle writing the Flash on many levels; Barry & Iris’ love story, the manipulation and betrayal of Thawne, and the inevitable high speed action sequences.Director: Guy Ferland
Who is Guy Ferland? He’s directed 10 episodes of Sons of Anarachy, 6 episodes of The Walking Dead, 3 episodes of Homeland, and 2 episodes of Once Upon a Time. Granted he has only directed TV shows, but the shows he’s directed are very high budget for TV and cinematic. Do yourself a favor and watch his episodes of these shows. He knows his way around a story that is a part of a larger story, and he could handle the action sequences that Kurtzman & Orci write.
There it is the first Water Cooler. Hopefully I have engaged your interest. And what will be the next one? How about Batman: Reboot. Until then discuss and debate.