In the wake of “The Avengers” record-shattering success, revitalizing the “Justice League” movie was inevitable.Now, Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers is officially moving forward with the all-star DC Comics superhero movie, hiring “Gangster Squad” (another Warner Brothers property, out Sept. 7) writer Will Beall to pen the script.
Since it’s never too early to speculate, let’s choose our dream cast!
With Christian Bale officially hanging up Batman's cape, this is a chance to reboot the character for future films. So there's a lot of pressure to nail this casting. In 2007 when this project first tried to get off the ground, a then-unknown named actor Armie Hammer was linked to the role. Five years later, this may be the right move. It may seem like a controversial choice, but so were Michael Keaton and Heath Ledger (the latter for the coveted Joker role), and they worked out just fine. The new Batman needs to be original, not someone out to mimic Bale. And don't worry about his blonde hair. There was an uproar when James Bond was recast as a blonde, and that worked out just fine.
'From 'Drive' to 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' Gosling proved he could do no wrong in 2011. Couple that with the Oscar nominee's substantial female fan base (present since 'The Notebook' of course) and this seems like a no-brainer.
The only question: is Gosling game to take on such a high-profile and mainstream role? Hey, there's no reason not to ask!
Should next year's 'Man of Steel' become a hit, the role belongs to Henry Cavill, and they'll likely put most of the movie's focus on him as possibly the only returning star. 'Steel' may even help set up the 'Justice League' movie just like Marvel's films set up 'Avengers.'
If 'Steel' bombs (it's possible - 'Superman Returns' wasn't the big hit people expected and director Zack Snyder's on a bit of a losing streak right now) and Cavill goes the way of Brandon Routh, fans of 'Smallville' will hope for Tom Welling to steal the role. That isn't going to happen. So how about Jon Hamm? He's grizzled enough to handle the Caped Crusader as well, but the guy just looks like Superman. He may be a little old, but if Superman is going to lead the Justice League, he might as well look like a veteran of the team.
In the 2007 project, Adam Brody, coming off the success of 'The OC,' was attached to the role, and though his star has significantly diminished since then, we think this could be a chance to prove that his 'Seth Cohen snark' has a place on the big screen.
Donald Glover openly campaigned for Spider-Man a year ago and this may be a great fit for him. Similarly, we can see John Krasinski fitting the build after almost nabbing Captain America, but how's this for an upset pick? 'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons, may not have a superhero build, but it could turn out to be an inspired choice. Runners are lanky anyway. Bazinga.
Don't even think of saying Megan Fox! Maybe this is the 'Friday Night Lights' fan in us (OK fine, it's definitely the 'FNL' fan), but we think Adrianne Palicki deserves a shot after her NBC 'Wonder Woman' pilot never got picked up. She would still be new, but already fitted for the costume. Everybody wins! Texas Forever.
While the movie was certainly a letdown, Ryan Reynolds was not at fault, though Warner Brothers may look at this as a fresh start for the franchise and choose to go in a different (and cheaper) direction. Last time, casting came down to Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Timberlake. While Cooper's star has only risen since, likely leaving him with too many other projects to even consider this, Timberlake has a much more open schedule and has proven he can handle an action movie with 'In Time.'
Anyone who has watched Damon Wayans Jr. on 'Happy Endings' knows he's a star in the making. How about sooner rather than later?
Studio heads may decide adding water scenes is too costly for a minor character, but if Aquaman makes it to the screen, It's got to be Vincent Chase (I'm not calling him Adrian Grenier. That's not his name.), right? The man already played Aquaman for James-freaking-Cameron! If Grenier doesn't end up as the King of the Seven Seas, the previously-mentioned Hammer fits the physical description pretty well.
Arrow is only in consideration because of the CW show premiering in the fall. If the show is a hit, Warner Brothers will likely include the character, and possibly lead Stephen Amell, in some limited capacity (like Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye was for 'Avengers').
In the 'Fast and the Furious' and 'Transformers' franchises, Tyrese has proven he can take charge of a small role in a big movie, which is something the aforementioned Renner wasn't able to bring in his similar role.
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