Earlier this week, I released an article outlining the credentials of my top three picks for the Captain Marvel role. The truth is, though, I'm a DC girl. Growing up, my everyday school-going wardrobe included both "Batgirl" and "Supergirl" costumes, which were actually just Batman and Superman costumes that I insisted were the former. There are aspects of the Marvel Universe that I like (Captain Marvel, Spiderman and Captain America namely), but my heart lies in the grittiness and gloom of the DC Universe.
There's been a significant resurgence for DC at the box office what with there being a brand new Superman and Batman, and they're setting the stage for the future Justice League films.
So far, I love Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, but other decisions have been made that I strongly disagree with (like Wonder Woman and and Aqua Man).
I'm going to fan-cast here with a clean slate, so try to forget the previous precedent.
Superman- James Marsden
Like I said before, I'm a fan of Cavill's version of the Man of Steel. However, since this is a fan casting and I can have anyone I want, I would like to see James Marsden here. He's got the superhero good looks and has proven that he can play one in the X-Men series. I feel like Marsden could explore the Clark Kent side of Superman more by bringing a humanity to the role that Cavill's stark portrayal is void of.
Lois Lane- Rachel McAdams
Amy Adams did an adequate job as the nosy journalist, Lois Lane in Man of Steel, but there's something about the tone or pitch of her voice that makes it difficult for me to see her as "sassy." McAdams seems to be partly fluent in sarcasm, but also able to play endearing. I think that she was actually in talks to play Lois, but they decided to go another way. Like I said, Adams was fine, but McAdams would have been better. If you need reassurance of her journalist skills, watch Spotlight.
Batman- Ben Affleck
I know what you're thinking, "I thought you said you were wiping the slate clean?" Just because I disagree with some of the casting dosen't mean I don't like all of them. I have been an advocate for Ben Affleck as Batman since Christian Bale was cast. Affleck is the perfect Dark Knight. His look is handsome and dignified, but also has the ability to shift into sadistic and ruthless. A perfect match for the ambiance of the current DC Universe. I'm glad that DC gave him another chance. A single performance (Daredevil) should not define ones career.
Robin- Hunter Parrish
This is DC UNIVERSE casting, not Justice League.
Parrish knows when to take a scene and when to fall in line as an actor, an important skill for someone playing a permanently 2nd fiddle character. I think that Affleck and Parrish could establish a fascinating rapport as master and apprentice.
Wonder Woman- Jessica Biel
I have been reasonably outspoken about the Gal Gadot casting choice, mainly because the woman is TINY. I don't have anything against skinny or fat people, but if you're playing a superhero, you HAVE TO BE BUILT LIKE ONE. Jessica Biel certainly is.
See the difference?
Which one would you be afraid to meet in a dark alley? It's a rhetorical question. Gadot does not deserve the wrist cuffs.
Aquaman- Liam Hemsworth
I've never understood the Aquaman hate. His powers are pretty awesome! I prefer his more traditional look than the way they're going with Jason Mamoa
Green Lantern- Morris Chestnut
Hawkgirl- Jessica Chastain
Yes, she was one of my nominations for the Captain Marvel job, but this casting is just too perfect to ignore. I think that Hawkgirl is a vastly underrated superhero and would love to see an actress with Chastain's star power bring her to life on the big screen.
Hakwman- John Krasinski
Krasinski was in talks to play Captain America, but the role ultimately went to Chris Evans. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi proves that he can be an action star, and I'd love to see he and Chastain team up as the slightly dysfunctional couple (?).
Martian Manhunter- Idris Elba
Martian Manhunter is, in my opinion, the coolest member of the Justice League. I mean, shape-shifter? It dosen't get much better than that. The Martian himself is regal and dignified, like actor Idris Elba.
Black Canary- Elizabeth Banks
Charlize Theron feels like a natural choice here, but I get it, it's overdone. Elizabeth Banks has the ability to bring a slightly more whimsical flavor, while still being able to tap in to the darkness that DC is famous for.
The Flash- Nicholas Hoult
I always had a huge crush on The Flash. He's witty and fun, but can also run laps around most of his colleagues (literally). Hoult comes off as charming yet possibly dangerous on screen. He would make a great Barry Allen.
And now...Some Villains:
Mr. Freeze- Bryan Cranston
Mr. Freeze was terribly miscast when they chose Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Freeze, although powerful and intelligent, also has a sympathetic backstory. Cranston could ride the line between evil and sympathetic.
Harley Quinn- Olivia Wilde
I'm deeply intrigued by female psychopaths both in cinema and in history. Recently, I realized that Harley was the first one I saw on screen, so she holds a special place in my heart. One 'pro' mark for Marvel, in my opinion, is how they stay true to the character's comic design. I like the more serious tone of DC's movies, but the attempts at "realism" can sometimes be frustrating. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn costume in Suicide Squad is an example of that. Anyway, Wilde has been very vocal about her interest in the Captain Marvel role, but I would love to see her channel some of that passion into Harley Quinn. Harley is nothing if not passionate (and crazy).
The Riddler- Tom Hiddelston
Yes, I'm aware that Hiddelston is a part of the Marvel Universe, but a girl can dream, right?
The Joker- Jake Gyllenhaul
Because RIP Heath Ledger, Nightcrawler, and I hate Jared Leto.
Catwoman/Selina Kyle- Taraji P. Henson
Catwoman has to be evil and seductive. Powerful, yet reserved. Basically an anti-hero. Henson could deliver.
Batgirl/Barbara Gordon- Lauren Ambrose (alternate casting- Maria Thayer)
Ambrose is above all an excellent actress. With her looks and about a year or so of weight training, she'd fit the role as the commissioner's daughter perfectly.
Thus concludes this edition of DC fan casting. I don't want to toot my own horn, but I think these names would make the already solid DC Universe infinitely better.