With the DC Comics film universe getting under way and some of the often polarizing casting decisions that have been made with it, one thing has become clear, and that is that MARVEL has taken most if not all of the great character choices (and rightfully so, as they've made great films and done a spectacular job representing their characters).
But what if the shoe were on the other foot, and the DC film universe got under way sooner, and many of our beloved MARVEL icons were cast as DC characters? Here is what that might look like:
CHRIS EVANS AS THE FLASH/BARRY ALLEN:
Chris Evans has the right look as well as the humor and easy going, down to earth, all american sensibilities that would have made him perfect for the part. Though we love him as Cap, there is no question that he could have done the fastest man alive justice.
JEREMY RENNER AS GREEN LANTERN/GUY GARDNER:
His quick wit and temperament, as well as his looks would make him a great Guy Gardner.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH AS AQUAMAN:
Hemsworth could play any version of Aquaman: you want funny, you got it. You want tough, you got it. You want short haired, you got it. Long haired? You know Hemsworth can do that.... Although Hemsworth's true calling is no doubt that of the thunder god, should he ever trade in his hammer for a harpoon, we're sure he'd be just as awesome under water as he is in the cosmos.
JAIMIE ALEXANDER AS WONDER WOMAN:
While Jaimie would have to work a bit to accomplish her build, there's no question she resembles the character perfectly in the face, and has the acting and action chops for the part.
CHRIS PRATT AS BOOSTER GOLD:
There are so many similarities between his Star lord and Booster it's a no brainer!
PAUL RUDD AS BLUE BEETLE/TED KORD:
Rudd could pull off practically every element of the character: the serious Steve Ditko version, or the comedic Kieth Giffen version, or he could balance both. Plus, we know how well he plays with bugs!
HUGO WEAVING AS THE REVERSE FLASH/EOBARD THAWNE:
Hugo is an all around great actor who excels in everything he's in, easily one of the best talents of the last 30 years in movies. We know he gets tired of playing "supervillain"-esque roles, but he's just so darn good at it, and could probably do Professor Thawne in his sleep! (Runner up: He could have made a fantastic Mirror Master/Sam Scudder as well!)
RAY STEVENSON AS CAPTAIN COLD:
Stevenson plays cool, tough characters well, and is no stranger to wielding guns. No doubt he would kick ass as the cold hearted captain!
JOSH BROLIN AS BATMAN/BRUCE WAYNE:
Brolin looks the part and is a fantastic actor. He'd have arguably been the best Batman yet.
TOM HIDDLESTON AS THE JOKER:
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AS THE MARTIAN MANHUNTER/DETECTIVE JOHN JONES:
He has the acting chops, the gravitas, he looks enough like Detective John Jones with his hair and eyes, and he's no stranger to being a detective, that's for sure. He has the "strangeness" and "alien" look to him that would be ideal, plus, he has a penchant for collars, something Sherlock, Martian Manhunter, and Dr Strange have in common!
NATALIE PORTMAN AS LOIS LANE:
Natalie is smart and beautiful, and embodies many of the traits that the ideal Lois Lane would have.
JEFF BRIDGES AS LEX LUTHOR
Jeff is an incredibly versatile actor and brilliant in everything he is in, I have no doubt he could do a John Byrne-esque Lex Luthor perfectly to a T, all the way down to his cigar chomping!
SCARLET JOHANSSON AS BLACK CANARY:
She looks like the character, has the acting chops, and already plays a femme fatale with "Black" in her name. Plus, she looks great as a blonde!
EDWARD NORTON AS THE RIDDLER:
Edward Norton is another great versatile actor who can pull off smart and scary, he'd be absolutely menacing as Edward Nygma!
RACHEL MCADAMS AS IRIS WEST/IRIS WEST ALLEN:
Although we're sure she'll make a fantastic love interest for Dr Strange, she is Iris West incarnate in every way imaginable! The greatest never-casting ever!
ANTHONY HOPKINS AS HIGHFATHER:
Anthony Hopkins is perfection in anything he is in, and he's practically playing the character already as Odin.
IDRIS ELBA AS GREEN LANTERN/JOHN STEWART:
Come on....you all knew this would be on here.
JAMES SPADER AS BRAINIAC:
BRADLEY COOPER AS GREEN LANTERN/HAL JORDAN:
While Cooper would also make a pretty great Guy Gardner, there's no question he would make a great Hal Jordan. He looks the part, has the acting chops for it, and is no stranger to playing military men, Bradley Cooper as Hal Jordan could be one of the best superhero movie castings of all time.
GUY PEARCE AS THE MIRROR MASTER/SAM SCUDDER:
Often considered The Flash's archnemesis during the '60s Silver Age, Mirror Master had the brains and abilities to negate The Flash's powers, he'd be a great villain to see instead of just doing another villain with the same powers as the hero -- plus, his abilities are like no villain we have ever seen before. Oh, as for Guy Pearce, he's another very versatile actor who could no doubt play the hardened criminal who is full of himself element needed to do Sam Scudder justice very well, he would no doubt be fantastic in the part.
Well that about wraps it up for me, gang! Let me know what you thought in the comments below, as well as any suggestions for characters/castings you think I missed!
Hopefully in some reality out there, these actors are all playing these characters in blockbuster features!