ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

Over the last few weeks, various incredibly talented artists have been reimagining well known actors as gender-bent DC heroes and villains, and the results have been terrific so far!

The artists, most of them well known comic artists, have pooled their work together in honor of Tumblr's fan-cast tag and, citing Rule 63 of the Internet (For every given male character, there is a female version of that character, and vice versa), they have gifted us with some irresistible gems such as Sigourney Weaver as Bruce Wayne, Lupita Nyong'o as Martian Manhunter and... and David Bowie as Poison Ivy!

Yes, Bowie as Poison Ivy. And it is glorious! Watch out now...

Sigourney Weaver is Bruce Wayne

by Ming Doyle

Sigourney Weaver is a hero of mine, so, for me, this is a particularly apt piece. Ming Doyle's style is incredible, look how unashamedly noirish this wonderful work is!

Lupita Nyong'o is Martian Manhunter

by Lauren Moran

Lupita Nyong'o as Martian Manhunter is similarly epic too. I mean, she could play a tote bag in something and I'd still run to watch it! Love the colors and how effortless it seems.

Geena Davis is The Joker

by Ming Doyle

Brilliant choice here too. Davis would make an inspired and totally creepy Joker!

David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Lou Reed are Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn & Catwoman

by Lauren Moran

A few major components of incredible rock combine to form a formidable Rogue's Gallery here. Loving Iggy Pop's intensity!

Gillian Anderson is Lex Luthor

by Ming Doyle

Doyle's work just gets better and better each time I look at it. Gillian Anderson would make a great DC villain!

Tilda Swinton is Mr. Freeze

by Erica Henderson

This is awesome! I love how striking Swinton's hair, eyes and lips are against the backdrop of cool blue. Effortless and beautiful. Much like Tilda Swinton!

Aubrey Plaza is Damien Wayne

by Lauren Moran

I'm gonna really miss Parks and Rec when it's gone, so it's great to have Plaza immortalized like the badass she is.

Jennifer Connelly is Clark Kent

by Joe Quinones

This black and white pencil drawing tells a thousand tales. So epic and subtle too. There really are some great actresses here!

Joan Chen is Ra's Al Ghul

by Erica Henderson

Joan Chen is a legend, so casting her as an immortal villain is choice.

Janelle Monáe is Music Meister

by Jordan Gibson

The Queen of Afrofuturistic R'n'B looks great as Music Meister! Gibson has captured Monáe's cheeky chic fantastically.

David Bowie is Poison Ivy

by Erica Henderson

And here's Bowie smashing it as Poison Ivy. Imagine that, Bowie at the height of his Labyrinth powers, playing a Batman villain. Oh well, we can but dream.

These are only a handful of great pieces on display at Tumblr's tag, which you should check out when you have the time. And pop over to the artists' Tumblr pages too and give 'em a little digital back-pat 'cause this work is insanely good.

(Source: Comics Alliance, DCBend via Tumblr)


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