Dream Casting All the Upcoming Superhero Movies
Most of the roles for upcoming superhero movies have already been cast, but there are still a few crucial leading roles that remain a question mark, such as Green Lantern, Shazam, and all of the Inhumans. Here are our (sometimes geeky) dream choices to join the Marvel and DC shared universes:
Captain Marvel- Katee Sackhoff
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Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff has proven time and time again that she can play tough-as-nails female characters. True, the rumors that she was meeting with Marvel appear to be unfounded, but there's still time. My second choice would have been Lucy Lawless, but she's technically already in the MCU from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Green Lantern- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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A more established dramatic actor than Ryan Reynolds, Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be the ideal choice to add some heft to the proceedings while also pulling off the trademark snark and silliness.
Shazam- Tom Hardy
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Yes, he's already played a DC Comics character, but the Dark Knight films weren't a part of the current DC shared universe (different Batman and everything), so I think we're safe.
Venom- Michael C. Hall
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To be fair, this might be a better dream casting for Carnage, but suffice it to say, he would definitely be better than Topher Grace.
Medusa- Jessica Chastain
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To be fair, many actresses could play this role and simply dye their hair red, so this dream casting is rather literal. But it just so happens that Jessica Chastain is one of the best actors out there, so we'll stick with it. (And especially if we're keeping to the red hair theme, Amy Adams or Mereille Enos would also be great choices.)
Black Bolt- Michael Shannon
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Many have been citing Jon Hamm as their dream casting, partially for his acting talents and partially for his chin. I love Hamm as much as the next person, but he's already said that he doesn't want to get on the superhero bandwagon, and Michael Shannon has more than enough talent and charisma to pull off this regal role.
Crystal- Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning might be a little young for the role now, but the film won't come out for a few years. She's one of the most talented actresses of the up-and-coming generation, but recently she's been sidelined to waify, two-dimensional roles, especially in Maleficent and Young Ones. She deserves an opportunity to play a character with more agency, although Teresa Palmer, who recently missed out on a chance to be Jessica Jones, would also be a good choice.
Karnak- Jackie Earle Haley
I've seen Jackie Earle Haley, who was by far the best part of Zack Snyder's Watchmen, pop up on a few dream casting lists, and I think he's an inspired choice.
Triton- Josh Holloway
Why isn't Josh Holloway in more things? He was so good in Lost, and now he's relegated to idiotic, poor-man's-Chuck pilots like Intelligence.
Gorgon- Christopher Judge
The main qualification for Gorgon, the strongman, is to be huge. The first person that comes to mind is Vin Diesel, who is already playing Groot, or the Rock, who's already playing Black Adam. So in light of Jason Momoa's casting as Aquaman, Marvel should take their cue from DC and dip into the Stargate talent pool, and increase the number of POC superheroes in the process. (And yes, I realize that the Inhumans are a family, but Gorgon is only Black Bolt's cousin, so it's plausible.)
Maximus the Mad- Robin Lord Taylor
This is a no-brainer. There are many actors who can play crazy well, but Robin Lord Taylor's truly unhinged portrayal of Penguin on Gotham is a true standout.
Spider-Woman (or something) - Amy Acker
We don't yet know exactly which heroine Sony's female superhero movie will follow, but I'll cast her anyway, because I'm convinced that Amy Acker can do anything. She's killed it in every part she's played, and when she changed from Fred to Illyria on Angel, her physical transformation was so complete I didn't realize it was the same person. But as long as we're on the subject of unsung TV actresses, Tatiana Maslany and Summer Glau can also do no wrong.