Welcome to the first part of my DC universe fan cast. I spent a couple hours casting as many DC characters as I could think of. For my first article, I decided to do the Bat-Family since Batman has the most popular characters in the entire DC universe. All my choices are picks that could work in the current DC cinematic universe so I have not casted anyone that has already been casted. I have no repeat characters across all of my choices. I have also chosen actors who have never portrayed their assigned character in live action before. On to my choices. My first pick is:
Commissioner James Gordon
Commissioner James 'Jim' Gordon is Batman's oldest ally. He debuted in Detective Comics #27 with Batman himself. In most interpretations, Gordon provides a source of information for the Caped Crusader. He sometimes questions Batman's methods but realises the city of Gotham needs a hero. Gordon has been portrayed by many different actors, most notably the great Gary Oldman. Currently he is being portrayed by Ben McKenzie in the FOX television show, 'Gotham'.
This choice is a no brainer. Cranston has proven himself to be a tremendous actor in 'Breaking Bad' and has even portrayed Gordon himself in the animated film, 'Batman: Year One'. Cranston has the look, sound and acting chops to play the iconic character of Gordon. He would have some very interesting scenes with Affleck if they decide to explore the history of their characters. Next onto:
Harvey Bullock first appeared in Detective Comics #441 in 1974. He was originally a crooked detective that worked for the mayor to tarnish Commissioner Gordon's career. His most known appearance in media is in 'Batman: The Animated Series' where he is portrayed as a detective working for Gordon that stands against Batman in most situations. Bullock is currently being portrayed by Donal Logue in the FOX television show 'Gotham'.
Most people will recognise Madsen from Quentin Tarantino's film, 'Reservoir Dogs' but I want to mention his performance in 'Sin City'. In 'Sin City', Madsen portrays Bob, a crooked cop who betrays his partner. This role basically shows his ability to play a Bullock-like character and as soon as I watched this movie I knew he would make a perfect Bullock.
Lucius Fox first appeared in Detective Comics #307 in 1979. He is Bruce Wayne's business manager who runs business interests that supply Batman's needs unknowingly. He also handles Batman's financial operations. He is not usually portrayed as a major character but has been brought to the public eye by Morgan Freeman's portrayal in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight trilogy'.
Jeffrey Wright is one of those actors who shows up in a lot of movies but is hard to remember. He is well known for his role in the 'Hunger Games' franchise and has proven himself to be a capable actor in those movies. He can play the smart, money managing role well and could definitely pull of the role of Lucius Fox easily.
Nightwing (Dick Grayson) debuted as Robin in Detective Comics #38 in 1940. Dick Grayson was a child acrobat in the circus when he was hit with tragedy. After witnessing his parents' murder, Dick Grayson was adopted by Bruce Wayne and trained to become the Boy Wonder, Robin. He helped form the Teen Titans where he became his own superhero, Nightwing. For this character, I have chosen 2 actors who could portray him.
Steven R. McQueen
Steven McQueen would be the ideal choice if there were only 1 Robin behind him. I chose McQueen due to his dedication to playing Nightwing. His dream is to play Dick Grayson and his passion makes me believe in him. He might be more well suited for the upcoming TNT show 'Titans' but I wouldn't mind seeing him fight alongside Affleck in the DCCU.
Ian Somerhalder is most people's first choice when casting Nightwing and it's easy to see why. Even though he is only a 'TV actor' he has the potential to play a big screen character as high a caliber as Nightwing. He has the look and the age to play a Nightwing alongside different Robins that come after him.
Another former Robin, Red Hood (Jason Todd) debuted in Batman #357 in 1983. He was originally a replacement for Dick Grayson as he'd become too preoccupied with the Teen Titans. Todd also faced a tragedy that lead him to end up in the care of Bruce Wayne and Batman. He was later chosen to be killed by the fans but was eventually brought back to life as the persona Red Hood.
Sam Claflin has recently found fame in the 'Hunger Game' franchise where he showcases his talent as an actor and action star. Most people would choose Jensen Ackles but I feel that he's too old to portray this character. Claflin would have some great intense scenes with Affleck's Batman and Leto's Joker.
Red Robin (Tim Drake) debuted as Robin in Batman #436 in 1989. Drake is considered to be the best Robin and it's not hard to see why. He has detective skills that almost rival Batman's and athleticism that could only be seen in the previous Robins. Drake is the Robin that is normally portrayed in current platforms outside of comics such as 'Batman: Arkham City' and the 'Lego Batman' franchise.
Logan Lerman is a very talented young actor who has proven time and again just how much potential he has. I never realised this talent until I watched 'Fury' where he shined as the film's lead. As a younger actor, his scenes with an older, experienced Affleck would make for some interesting dialogue.
The current Robin (Damian Wayne) is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. He was brought up by the League of Assassins which makes him the most battle ready Robin. He is arrogant and an overall a**hole. Recently he was killed and brought back to life with added superpowers. Wayne has been used in the animated film 'Son of Batman' and will appear once again in the upcoming animated film 'Batman vs Robin'.
Asa Butterfield has shown that he can really act when he first notably appeared in 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'. Even then he was a great actor and over the years he has developed those skills. Gaining a leading role in 'Enders Game' has brought him even more into the public eye. Butterfield can play off the Damian Wayne character which would play nicely against the roughed up Affleck Bruce Wayne.
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) first appeared in Detective Comics #359 in 1967 since the television show at the time requested a female counterpart to Batman. The daughter of Commissioner Gordon would eventually be paralysed by the Joker and gain the persona of Oracle, a source of information who feeds information to the whole of the Bat-family.
Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah Ann Woll is a very capable actress most known for her work in HBO's 'True Blood'. She will be appearing in the upcoming Netflix show 'Daredevil' but that wouldn't stop her from portraying Babs. She obviously has the look and I believe she would nail the role. Having Babs around Affleck's Batman would create some interesting dynamics with Commissioner Gordon.
Spoiler (Stephanie Brown) first appeared in Detective Comics #647 in 1992. She started her superhero career as Spoiler but eventually became a Robin and also at one point Batgirl. She started off as a love interest for Tim Drake but soon became her own character with her own costume. She has been a fan favourite as Batgirl and continues to be an interesting character.
AnnaSophia Robb is best known for her roles in 'Bridge to Terabithia' and 'Race to Witch Mountain'. Admittedly, she wasn't great in those movies but it was obvious that there was potential there. For a character as small as Spoiler, Robb would do a decent job in the role. She has the look and the experience in action to nail a role such as this.
Batwing (Luke Fox) is the son of Lucius Fox and first debuted in Batwing #19 in 2013. Lucius Fox built a suit for the previous Batwing, David Zavimbe but he retired which resulted in Batman giving the suit to Fox's son. Batwing is a relatively new character and would act as a different yet welcome addition to the DCCU.
John Boyega isn't a very well known actor and I know close to nothing about him. I chose him for his look and his upcoming role in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Boyega is an up and coming actor who will one day hopefully be a household name. Those credentials are what led me to choose Boyega as Batwing.
Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) first appeared in her own title in Huntress #1 in 1989. The original Huntress (Helena Wayne) was Bruce Wayne's daughter from an alternate dimension so I decided to include her in this fan cast. She is a long time member of the 'Birds of Prey' and has been close friends with Batgirl since their creation.
Emmy Rossum is best known for her role in the TV show 'Shameless'. She is a talented young actress who could easily pull off the Huntress character. She is still unproven in an action role but the talent is there. Rossum has the look to play Huntress and would work well with the other members of the Bat-family.
There you go, my picks for most of the protagonists in Batman's corner of the DC universe. If you agree or disagree with my choices please tell me in the comments. I have a lot of castings up my sleeve that I can't wait to share with you guys so please tell me who you want to see casted next.