We know that DC has plans to start rolling out films ultimately culminating in the Justice League, which is set to rival Marvel's Avengers franchise. So, this got me thinking, who would I cast if I was making these films? The Justice League are a difficult bunch because there are so many moving pieces, but I feel confident in my selections. If you disagree, do me the courtesy of listening to my arguments before condemning me in the comments section. Let's begin, shall we?
SUPERMAN: HENRY CAVILL
While some critics were not overly enthused with Cavill's performance in Man of Steel, I felt that he demonstrated a side of Superman that has been lacking in previous incarnations: namely, he manages to show the inner conflict the character goes through by being in a world where he is capable of so much more than the average inhabitant. Cavill's Superman shows us that there is indeed turmoil for the Big Blue Boy Scout when it comes to reconciling his Kryptonian heritage and abilities with the fact that he was raised as a Kansas farm boy.
WONDER WOMAN: COBIE SMULDERS
Yes, I hear your complaints that Cobie Smulders is strictly Marvel's girl and there's no hope of that changing. Opinions duly noted and ignored. I submit that if Maria Hill is killed off in the next few films, the path opens up for her to play Wonder Woman. We know that she possesses the acting chops for the part and she's certainly not afraid of showing men who's boss. As an added bonus, she's already voiced the Amazon in the Lego Movie.
BATMAN: ROBBIE AMELL
Now before you call me crazy for dragging Arrow's cousin into DC's Big Three, let me say that having witnessed Robbie's performance as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm in the CW's The Flash, is what convinced me that he could make an effective Caped Crusader. He's young, energetic, built like a tank, and not about to take flak from the Joker or anyone else. Plus, the guy's a huge self-admitted Batman fan anyway, so casting him as the Dark Knight would be a dream come true for him.
FLASH (BARRY ALLEN): GRANT GUSTIN
Anyone who has watched the Flash knows that Grant Gustin is capable of pulling off a convincing Barry Allen. He's outstanding in portraying Allen's resolve and determination while at the same time reminding us all that the Fastest Man Alive does indeed know how to have fun.
FLASH (WALLY WEST): JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
In comparing Wally West to Barry Allen, we see Wally as a much less mature and developed Flash who just likes to run fast and crack jokes. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a certain cheekiness about him that could help him adequately convey such a character.
GREEN LANTERN (HAL JORDAN): CHRIS EVANS
I know what you're thinking: "Why cast Captain America as Green Lantern?" Because he'd be perfect, that's why. Think about it. Evans clearly has the skill to portray a character that's willing to put others first for the good of society and the team, as evidenced by Captain America. Green Lantern has much the same personality and sense of personal responsibility as the Star Spangled Man With A Plan, and that is why I feel that it would not be much of a stretch to cast Evans as Hal Jordan.
GREEN LANTERN (JOHN STEWART): IDRIS ELBA
Anyone who has watched either of the Thor films knows that Idris Elba is perfect for the role of John Stewart. Which, in view of his recent tweet showing himself posed in a Green Lantern uniform, would be obviously the coolest thing ever. Furthermore, Elba's performance, especially as Heimdall, has shown that he possesses the necessary gravitas for a character as serious as John Stewart.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER: DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON
While some people no doubt contend that the Rock is too much into comedy to pull off the Martian, I disagree. The Rock is certainly no Robin Williams (RIP, Genie), and his appearance in films like G.I.Joe: Retaliation and the Fast and Furious franchise are proof that he does indeed have a serious side to him. Also, Martian Manhunter's seeming stoicism cracks once in a while, proving that even a being as serious as the leader of the Justice League can in fact, still possess a sense of humor. Furthermore, the Rock has the build, he has the voice, and he has the ability.
HAWKMAN: LIAM NEESON
Please don't start chanting "I will find you and I will kill you," until you hear my arguments in favor of this one. Neeson has a long history with comic book characters, he has a deep, gravelly voice which is perfect for the Thanagarian warrior, and he certainly could provide a much-needed voice of reason to the somewhat flighty (sorry, Superman and Wonder Woman) Justice League. Plus, Neeson is certainly an ominous figure no matter what character he's playing.
AQUAMAN: CHRIS HEMSWORTH
Yes, I do realize that I'm pulling heavily from the Marvel pool, but who am I to squander potential? Hemsworth could pass for a convincing King of Atlantis, especially now that he's had a crack at being king of Asgard for a while. Exchanging the mighty Mjolnir and the rulership of the Golden Realm for water and a big golden fork might be a step down, but hey, it's a lot of water and a really nice big golden fork, so why quibble?
CYBORG: ANTHONY MACKIE
This is the last Marvel actor, I promise. Mackie's performance as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier convinced me that he'd make a great Cyborg. The two have similar personalities, senses of responsibility, and senses of humor.
GREEN ARROW: EWAN MCGREGOR
Don't sic your Rancor on me just yet. Let me explain. Anyone who watched the Star Wars prequels knows that Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi was the glue that held those movies together. While I freely admit that McGregor could not pull off a younger version of Olliver Queen, I feel that he could do quite well at playing an older, wiser, more care-worn version of the character.