Oh my, we are getting ready to cast the first ever Regulators Movie. Now this is exciting stuff. But wait, why bother doing a fan cast for a movie that no one is planning, YET? Actually, who are these Regulators that anyone would even have an interest in talking about casting a movie? Actually they are the characters in a novel that was published in April, just four months ago titled The Regulators: Hell On Earth. Your typical upstarts that think they fit in a world that already has The Justice League and The Avengers.
As the story goes, the Regulators are nine super powered vigilantes going about their private lives until one snaps over the release of a pedophile by the courts who has abused and murdered a child, but walked because the confession and evidence were wrongly obtained. His rights were violated, he walked out of court and later that night was in the process of stalking another child when a vigilante came out of the night and found him guilty and sent him to Hell. One by one the other eight come out of the shadows for the same reason, a justice system that favors the criminals rights over the victims. They go on the attack and the criminals are literally scared from the streets.
The crime rate is dropping but in Washington DC vigilante justice doesn't sit well with the President of The United States and he requests from an old friend over at the FBI that they bring these vigilantes in and put them out of business. But then it gets messy because there is a new player at the table and he decides to seize on an opportunity when the President declares Halloween as a day to focus the nation on the problem of violence against children. Its Halloween and this interesting new player who calls himself Helloween Jack declares that it will be a celebration of the end of mankind as we know it.
But wait, this is already what we have the Justice League and the Avengers doing, so why is this worth a look? What is different? What is different is the personalities of the Regulators, which is more of a human, average everyday ordinary non-stereotypical type. They have quirks, they laugh, they cry, they struggle with everyday issues and these things are a focus of the story. They don't do the automatic save the world thing because they are busy growing as people who know they can and have the power to "clean up the street" and save the world but its not that easy in a real world. In a real world you face consequences, such as who pays for the collateral damages and the accidental deaths that do happen in cataclysmic situations. They are not just super heroes but people who are warm and loveable aside from the powers they posses.
In the end, in a real world, heroes do die and it comes down to a final furious battle between one Regulator and the monster, Helloween Jack back in his lair. Normally in a movie when you have the good guys die it is because you had someone who will no longer be under contract after the movie so you kill the character off because fans are unforgiving when you change actors. With Regulators its "all in" and what happens happens for the desired affect of the story. The Regulators is a hard punch between the legs kind of story that is intended to grab people over the entire spectrum of emotions and send them away in love with these people.
Okay, that said, who should play these people in a movie. Okay, there is no movie, right? That is certainly not the thinking of the author, who intends to write several more Regulator stories along the same lines of a Harry Potter series and see what happens. There is talk of a big screen venture, but obviously after only one book no one is going to just jump right into making a movie without building a fan base first. So, now lets cast this thing and get out of here.
The Silver Bison is a big brutish fellow who is pretty fast but it is his incredible strength and invulnerability that makes him a bad man. Tom hardy was good at that kind of role in The Dark Knight Rises and I liked him for this role, even though if Kurt Russell was younger he would have been a possible choice.
Madame Orage is the most all in Regulator who will look you in the eye and punch you in the throat if you annoy her, while at the same time being the most fun loving of the team. She is a weather witch and can call in a storm that is like a destructive buffet because she can call it all at one time, and will if you make her mad. I hit on Victoria Hill because I remember that she was rumored at one time to be a possible for the role of Wonder Woman.
For Thunderbolt it was an easy choice, Helen Slater. She played the part of Supergirl in an Old Warner Brothers movie after they did the 4th Superman movie. She is an older actress, and Thunderbolt is a little older than the other female members of the Regulators. I thought, because of the amount of power Thunderbolt has, the extraordinary strength and invulnerability AND the ability to project focused plasma energy in bolts, yeah, Supergirl was a fit for the part of Thunderbolt.
Silver Streak is the member of the Regulators who can slow time and move as fast (or faster) than the speed of light. I saw him in the movie xXx: State of The Union and liked him a lot, and his last name, Speedman jumped out at me as a name that was synonymous with high, blunding speed.
Lady Pyra is the innocent youth character who can incinerate a city block in the blink of an eye. If you can get a look that says innocence without having to say a word and you have acting ability behind the look, you choose Emma Stone, a Golden Globe award winner for Easy A.
Warhawk is the youngest Regulator, and he would be the male member who attracts the look of admiring females. I chose Justine Hartley for the look, but as much for the role he played in Smallville which was close to the Warhawk character.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was another actress who was rumored to be a possibility for the role of Wonder Woman back when they were talking about a television series. That was not why I chose her. I saw her in Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day To Die Hard and I was impressed and something about the look in her eyes says "Spectra"!
How did I choose someone who is deceased for Lady Mysteria? That its a fantasy cast is probably not the right reason. In one moment near the end of the Regulators story, Lady Mysteria has gone to Prague, Nebraska to respond to the approaching legions of Jack's Army of The Damned and she finds a half dozen farmers with shotguns preparing to face several thousand monsters. She is a master of the arcane and hits upon a unique idea and summons from the grave George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry to save the day. Brittany Murphy , there is something about the face and I see her summoning Custer. She had a long acting career and was diverse and versatile in the parts she played.
This is a fantasy cast and I could have gone with my first choice, who happened to be Sam Elliott. I liked him for the part he played in Tombstone, but then I chose Dylan McDermott instead. In 2007 if I had been casting Justice League Mortal, this would have been my choice for a Hawkman. he was good in a lot of parts but In The Line Of Fire was probably one Iiked best. He has the save the day look and plays save the day parts.
Jackman Kruphka/Helloween Jack
Jackman Kruphka had a younger brother and the younger brother could have been named Abel because the evil Jackman played Cain one day a slew his brother. Jackman had a black heart, and after he learned that his great grandmother was a gypsy back in the old country who was guilty of some pretty terrible things he decided to take up the long forgotten family business and became a hideous monster who liked the taste of human flesh and fed off the life energy of his victims. He became Helloween Jack and it seemed only natural that he make food of all living things, that and loyal followers of what he didn't eat. Angus MacFadyen was in Mel Gibson's Braveheart and the role he played was sort of a fence sitter playing both sides, good and evil. I thought in 2007 he would have been good as Sinestro in a DC Comics movie. In Braveheart he was a hero, but he had that potential to be bad out there to deal with. That part is similar to playing Helloween Jack.
Yes, that is Kevin Spacey. He played the villainous Lex Luthor in Superman Returns and he kind of comes away from that type cast as a villain. In Hell On Earth, President Bradfield is a self serving, corrupt politician who adds to the dark side of politics when he comes under the control of Helloween Jack. The man in the picture, yeah, I can see it.
So, there you have it. A fantasy cast by a fan of a movie that may or may not ever be made. It really is a great story, so who knows, unless the bottom falls out on the market for comic book hero movies. Please leave comments, and feel free to bask me over this whole Regulators Movie idea. And I really love the pools so vote and let me know what you really think!