*Spoilers Ahead!* Known as one of the most iconic stories in the Batman universe, the comic book story, Death in the Family, presents a story where Batman made his biggest mistake since his accidental "creation" of the Joker: he couldn't save someone. The thing that makes his mistake so monumental is that the victim that he couldn't save was Jason Todd, the second person to put on the red and yellow of the Robin costume. Twenty years after the death of Jason Todd, the Under the Hood story-line was published, bringing him back to life but as an extremely violent anti-hero, donning the name of Red Hood.
Four years ago, DC released a full-length animated film adaptation of the two stories put together entitled Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010), which begins with Todd's death at the hands of the Joker, and progresses into his transformation into the Red Hood and his eventual battle with the Dark Knight. I absolutely loved the movie but I'm dying to know if DC has any plans to turn it into a live-action film. Possibly with the reboot of the Batman series, this could be something that happens in the future of Ben Affleck's stand-alone films. Who could be the other characters though? Hopefully, you enjoy my choices...
Liam Hemsworth as Jason Todd/Red Hood
Known primarily for his role as Gale in the Hunger Games series, Liam has been in few other well-known films, but I believe that he just needs the chance to prove himself, and what better movie to do that in but a superhero one? Though I haven't ever seen much of him that screams to me that he's got great talent, I do honestly feel like he just needs the opportunity. Though it would take some body-building, martial arts training, and a lot of probable internet hate, working along-side experienced actors like Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons could help him substantially to achieve the skill he would need to portray Jason Todd.
Frank Grillo as Black Mask
In a recent article I wrote about the villains I want to see in a Batman film, Black Mask was one of the three I chose, and Frank Grillo was my choice to portray him. In this story, the Red Hood terrorizes Black Mask's drug empire, killing his lieutenants and enforcers, and forcing Black Mask to team up with the last person you'd want on your team: the Joker. Grillo has a great physical presence in his roles, but the majority of the reason I'd want him for Black Mask is his most recent portrayal of Brock Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He was a great fighter and a great henchman, but now I want to see what it would be like to make him the big boss in Gotham City.
Armie Hammer as Dick Grayson/Nightwing
Armie Hammer, known best for the title role in The Lone Ranger (2013), is someone I'd pick for both a subtle acting skill, and also experience in the action genre. Though he isn't featured a lot in the story, besides assisting Batman a couple times, Dick Grayson is a major character in the Batman family, as he was the very first Robin, but branched off to become his own vigilante in Nightwing, and so I feel it necessary to cast someone relatively well known in the role.
Daniel Craig as Ra's Al Ghul
This role wasn't too hard for me to cast, because I knew I needed someone with a great physical presence, easily intimidating, but also an older actor. Daniel Craig, known best as the most recent James Bond, almost immediately sprang to mind. Again, Ra's is a character who isn't in a whole lot of the movie, but he was the one who hired the Joker to kidnap Jason Todd in order to distract Batman, but didn't realize that Joker would go so far as killing him. He's also the one responsible for bringing Todd back to life. Craig is someone who has the presence to be a great villain and an obvious leader, and also has great skill as an actor.
Unfortunately, I also have to fan-cast the Joker, but at least if you don't like my choice, you can be happy that it's not official.
Toby Kebbell as The Joker
Toby Kebbell has a great list of films under his belt, from Disney films The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010), and the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010), to acclaimed films like The Conspirator (2010) and War Horse (2011). However, my main inspiration for choosing him as the Joker comes from his role as Johnny Quid in Guy Ritchie's 2008 film, RocknRolla. In it, he plays a constantly high, mentally unstable ex-rock star, who has insane outbursts and hilarious one-liners. I already know he can be crazy, and I want to see him fight Ben Affleck as the Joker.
There you have it. Those are my choices for the main roles in what could be an amazing, live-action film. The biggest obstacles with making this film would be introducing the characters beforehand. That would mean DC would have to successfully reintegrate Robin into the series and would have to feature Kebbell as the Joker and Craig as Ra's in previous installments.
What story-lines do you guys want to see as live-action films? Who would you pick for these roles? Leave your opinions in the comments below!