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Dear Comic Book Hollywood, Cast Them PLEASE

Dear Comic Book Hollywood, Cast Them PLEASE

So, fresh off my second viewing of Captain America: Civil War (go watch it if you haven’t, or even if you have already) and with the introduction of Tom Holland as Peter Parker & Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, I was inspired by those seemingly perfect castings to brainstorm some excellent casting choices for upcoming movies by Marvel Studios, Warner-DC & the Ryan Reynolds-Tim Miller Deadpool combo [I do not credit this movie to FOX because all they essentially did was pay for it AFTER the internet made the decision for them]. Marvel does not yet own the rights to the Fantastic Four, but due to the awesome fact that the last atrocity of a movie bombed, and with rumblings of on-going deals between the two studios, it is heavily rumored that Marvel will announce the return of said properties by the end of the year at one of their many fan events. (I have no ideas for FOX because fuck them and Singer for their continued disrespect of arguably the most famous group in comic book history.)

Cable (Deadpool)

Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons Of Anarchy, Blade II) — Perlman’s resume speaks for itself for anybody who has seen his work, and he looks spot on like Cable (a recurring factor you will notice in my casting suggestions). Cable is a stoic, levelheaded antithesis to Deadpool’s motor mouth. This works for Perlman as he’s already played that personality in Hellboy.

Stephen Lang (Avatar, Law & Order) — Lang’s appearance in Avatar was his biggest role, but his multiple appearances in several Law & Order series also help to “pad his stats” per se. Lang also has the Cable look down pat.

Reed Richards (Marvel?)

Aiden Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones, The Scorch Trials) — Petyr Baelish, Littlefinger, Mayor Carcetti, and the man goes by many names. But all times he plays someone who seems to use his wits to get what he wants. And besides Tony Stark, that’s exactly who Reed Richards is; a top 5 mind in the Marvel Universe., Aiden not only looks like Mr. Fantastic, he definitely has knowledge of playing roles of men who like to think they are smart enough to control everything and everyone.

Sue Storm (Marvel?)

Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness, She’s Out of My League, The Raven) — Alice is most recently known as her role of Carol in the last Star Trek movie, and not only does she look exactly like a Sue Storm, she’s not too far removed from the sci-fi world.

Johnny Storm (Marvel?)

Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf, Arrow, San Andreas) — Colton would be right at home in the comic book movie world, coming fresh off his role as Red Arrow in the hit CW show Arrow. He looks to be a match for a sibling role next to Alice Eve and has the experience playing the hot head in both Arrow and Teen Wolf.

The Thing (Marvel?)

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Game of Thrones) — The Mountain! Considering that Ben Grimm would most likely appear as the thing already, Hafbor would be excellent size wise to play the Thing in costume, as well as deliver his quips and catch phrase. Also, who doesn’t want more Mountain?

Viktor Von Doom/Dr. Doom (Marvel?)

Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, The Usual Suspects, LA Confidential) — Let’s be honest, Frank Underwood is basically Dr. Doom if you *really* think about it. We’re going to forget his brief stint as Lex Luthor in the subpar Superman Returns but it’s not like Spacey was horrible in the role. The movie just didn't push any of the actors just didn't lend to any of the actors. But just watch season 2 of House of Cards if you need any clues as to why this casting would be perfect.

Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Her) — Gladiator should be in everybody’s list of favorite movies. Acting opposite sir Russell Crowe is a one, Joaquin Phoenix, whose performance as the antagonist Commodus helped to elevate the movie to its renown. I believe Phoenix would do the role justice as both Viktor and also under the mask as Doom.

Norman Osborn (Marvel)

Nicolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Oblivion, Headhunters) — You’re probably noticing a trend here, and yes, I’m 100% down with the comic book cinema world ransacking the Game of Thrones cast for it’s movies. They deliver stellar roles year after year and Sophie Turner & Peter Dinklage in FOX’s X-Men series is probably just a preview of what’s to come. Nicolaj, or better known to the masses as Jamie Lannister, could certainly fit in as the man changed the life of Peter Parker forever and subsequently tries to end it. The Joker to Spider-Man’s Batman, Norman Osborn is a key-figure in not just the world of Spider-Man but in the Marvel universe all over. 

Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Wolf of Wall Street) — The man of the hour himself, McConaughey is riding high in the world of Hollywood, coming off Interstellar & Dallas Buyer’s Club. Rumor has it that Marvel has already approached him to play Osborn in their MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), and McConaughey has been quoted as saying he has reviewed some scripts from both Marvel & DC and is weighing his options before committing, because as we all know, comic movie roles are rarely one-offs.

Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Marvel)

Katheryn Winnick (Vikings, Person of Interest, Bones) — with a nomination for “Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress” in her role of Lagertha in Vikings, Winnick is pretty much double qualified to play Ms. Marvel, seeing as she's already a lady warrior, and looks the part. She’ll just be trading her sword and pelts for superhuman strength and a mask with tights.

Jon Stewart/Green Lantern (Warner/DC)

Nate Parker (Birth of a Nation, Non-Stop, The Great Debaters) — Now we the public haven’t yet seen Birth of a Nation, but you would have to have been living under a rock for the last 6 months to not have heard about how crazy this movie is going to be as well as how amazing Parker is in it. And he’s no stranger to heavy roles, having also been in The Great Debaters. Parker is also no stranger to action roles, playing alongside Liam Neeson recently in Non-Stop. He would be excellent in bringing Jon Stewart to the silver screen.

Shazam/Billy Batson (Warner/DC)

Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones) & Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, CSI: Miami, 7th Heaven) — Sure to be the most interesting casting DC will have to face, seeing as they’ll have to get two actors to essentially play the same character. Hempstead Wright, b.k.a. Bran Stark, is a sure shot for Billy Batson. He works well with other young actors, as he will maybe have to do if DC decides to cast Batson’s family of other foster kids. As for Hoechlin, he like Hempstead Wright is already familiar with the world of the supernatural, being that he currently plays Derrick the werewolf on MTV’s Teen Wolf series. It would be interesting to see how he deals with the dynamic of being an adult body that has to act like it operates with a child’s mind.

 

Robin/Carrie Kelly (Warner/DC)

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) — Seeing as DC’s new Batfleck is based loosely on Tim Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, we know that A) the male version of Robin is dead (killed by the Joker) & B) the new Robin is a young ginger lady by the name of Carrie Kelly. And what do you know; we just so happen to have a young ginger lady who’s no stranger to playing the bit of sidekick. Williams is Arya Stark, who became a fan favorite during her travels with the Hound, where they almost had a Batman-Robin type of thing going on there (I’m stretching it but you get the point).

Venom/Eddie Brock (Marvel)

Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Blue Mountain State) — Ritchson was Thad Castle from Blue Mountain State, and if you haven’t seen that, just picture the über-titular-super jock, and you have Thad. Now Eddie Brock was a journalist, but one who jus so happened to love cross-fit apparently, as dude was jacked. Ritchson certainly fits the look role, and certainly would do Venom justice while in the suit. We’ll have to wait and see if Marvel decides if Venom should be his actual extremely large self (picture a slightly smaller, much blacker version of the Hulk) or if he will simply don the symbiotic suit over his muscular frame.

Harry Osborn (Marvel)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl, The Theory of Everything) — Another staple in the world of Spider-Man, and another very important casting for Marvel, as Harry will surely be pivotal to the upcoming MCU world, now that Spider-Man is involved. Redmayne was one of the names in the running for the role of Harry Osborn in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, but ultimately lost out on the role. He’s also ridiculously young looking for somebody in their 30s and could pass for a teenager, now that Marvel has reacquired the rights to use Spider-Man in their MCU, Harry should be a recurring role, and Redmayne will be able to look the part for years (unless he starts aging like the rest of his kin).

 

Namor (Marvel)

Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones, Pompeii) — The man, the myth, the legend. Jon Snow Targaryen. Fresh of a rebirth in Game of Thrones season six, Harrington is arguably the fans’ favorite character (the others being Lord Tyrion or Daeny). His experience as Knight Commander should give him ample experience to lead the peoples of Atlantis. It might also help him get some chops under his king belt, seeing as he’s soon to sit on the Iron Throne, that is if you ask me anyway. And one more thing, who wouldn’t pay to see Jon Snow vs Little Finger for the love of Sue Storm?!!!

Wolverine (???)

Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) — The rights to Wolverine are currently held captive at FOX Studios, so this is a dream casting were Marvel to ever find a way to split the rights for just Wolverine, considering he was once an Avenger. I don’t even have to say anything about Hardy. Cause if you don’t know, shame on you.

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