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Joe Manganiello as Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman. Okay, take away the beard and then you have an excellent person for Superman in a Justice League movie. Not only has he stated that he wanted to play Superman really badly in the upcoming Man of Steel but couldn't really pursue it due to his commitment to True Blood, he has the physique to play an imposing Superman! Even when he was doing the press junkets for Magic Mike, all of the other actors who were playing strippers in the movie all wished that they could have his body and agreed that he had the most impressive figure! Now the answer to whether he could pull off Clark Kent is questionable but for a Justice League movie, that part doesn't matter all that much. What counts is Superman for a Justice League movie and Joe Manganiello is the only person who can most definitely pull off that aspect. Not only that but Manganiello came from a classically trained and fairly prestigious drama program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh so it's pretty safe to say that the guy knows how to act. He may not be totally famous yet but he's just famous enough within certain circles that he could probably snag the Superman part in a Justice League movie with no problems. It might be tough to do since he has True Blood to do but then again, someone like Matt Bomer also has White Collar and he would also be a decent choice for Superman. Not to mention the fact that Superman is one of those very tough roles to cast perfectly.
Armie Hammer as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It's only fair to give this guy the role of Batman back! Of all the actors who were cast in George Miller's aborted Justice League: Mortal, he's had the most success and he's built himself up as one of the most promising young actors to come out of Hollywood today. As much as Christian Bale has defined himself as arguably the greatest Batman of the modern era, we need a different interpretation and Armie has all the qualities that are needed to be the next best thing for Batman on screen. Not only is he as physically imposing as Joe Manganiello, he has the same amount of richness in his voice as Kevin Conroy and has more of a sense of humor which would be nice to see after living with the most intense Batman that's been done. He's gotten critical praise for his work in The Social Network and J. Edgar (for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award) and he's managed to nab the title role in The Lone Ranger which might pay off after all its struggles. He's had some solid success but if he were to get the role of Batman back for the Justice League movie, he would probably knock the role right out of the park and give fans the Batman they've been looking for that's straight out of the comics. Even in reflecting on Justice League: Mortal, Hammer has said that he was glad that the movie was cancelled because he didn't think that he would have been able to handle what would have come to him if the project kept moving forward. Now that Hammer has matured as an actor, gained more credibility and slowly begun to rise naturally as a promising leading man, it's only fair that he gets the role of Batman back after all these years. Of all the times to be ready, now is the time for Armie to give us the next badass version of the Caped Crusader.
Gina Carano as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. In terms of a beautiful woman who can kick tons of ass, Gina is the queen of that arena! She might not be as tall as Cobie Smulders or even Jaimie Alexander but she's close enough to either of those women to be able to be one of the few women who can stand toe-to-toe with Batman and Superman. She might not have as much acting experience as Smulders or Alexander but if Steven Soderbergh thinks she's good enough for a lead role in a movie, then she must be somewhat talented when it comes to acting. It might be considered typecasting saying that she's one of the prime candidates for Wonder Woman but that character is one of the toughest roles to cast because so few actresses in Hollywood fit the bill in terms of what Wonder Woman presents as a character. She needs to be able to stand with the boys, she needs to be tall and beautiful and she needs to have the ability to project the ideals of the perfect woman onto the audience without it feeling forced, insincere or incompetent. If Haywire did anything right, it proved that an action heroine can be gorgeous, tough and smart all at the same time. The bonus part of this piece of casting is that Gina Carano isn't a huge mega-star like Angelina Jolie so you don't need to spend a whole lot of money yet to have her in the movie and she has all the mandatory things that an actress would need to play Wonder Woman. If Gina Carano played Wonder Woman, she could totally redefine the idea of female heroines in Hollywood films and make herself a huge star and role model for young girls. Now that Catwoman has a multitude of actresses to be looked at as role models for young girls, it's about time to have one for Wonder Woman and this generation needs a Wonder Woman that applies to them.
Channing Tatum as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. It's perfectly understandable why this casting choice is really controversial but this year, Channing Tatum has solidified himself as one of the best actors when it comes to continually improving on his craft and technique as an actor. He has come a long way in the eight years he's been acting and with his massive success this year with The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike making over $552 million (not to mention an additional $31 million with his cameo in Haywire) in total, he's shown us that not only is he here to stay but there's a lot more to him than was initially expected. Despite his initial stumbling blocks and consecutively typecast roles, Channing Tatum has broke through the mold and has become a better actor who shows us more and more that he's an actor who wants to continue to improve until his dying day. Tatum might not be worthy of an Oscar right now but perhaps in five, ten or fifteen years he could be. But what makes him perfect for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in Justice League? Let's be straightforward here, no matter how hard Ryan Reynolds tried, Green Lantern did not work. Is it Reynolds' fault? Not necessarily but there were so many things that movie did that made it impossible for another one to be made and it's because of that that Warner Bros. doesn't know what to do with Green Lantern. Should they reboot it or make a sequel and actually take the time out to make a better movie? The safest bet they could make is to cast Channing Tatum as the Hal Jordan Green Lantern in the Justice League movie. Droves and droves of women of all ages who could give a shit about superhero movies would line up for one or two weeks to see it! Not only that but Hal Jordan is essentially a space cop and one of Channing's most famous roles was a cop (albeit an incompetent one) and he will have an incredible ensemble of actors to draw inspiration from. If there's one thing that Channing particularly excels at, it's by learning and improving his acting more and more by working with other incredibly talented actors. He's already worked with Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Shia LaBeouf, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (several times), Christian Bale, Richard Jenkins and Al Pacino just to name a few. If he was able to work with people like Joe Manganiello, Armie Hammer and a few other people on this list, he could make for a truly solid Green Lantern and totally recharge the character (no pun intended). Let's also not forget that he's already been hired to be the voice of Superman in Lego: The Piece of Resistance.
Bradley Cooper as Barry Allen or Wally West/Flash. One of the more obvious choices for any superhero role. There are two main reasons for Bradley Cooper being the perfect guy to play the Flash. The first reason is that his portrayal of Eddie Morra in Limitless and that character's journey in the story is very reminiscent of the story of the Flash. He's a guy who can't seem to do anything right until a happy accident happens and then he essentially becomes an all-powerful being whether it be through super-speed and complete control over his molecular structure or enhanced brain chemistry. The second reason is that even though the Barry Allen Flash's Central City is more like a city you would find in Middle America, the Wally West Flash hailed from Keystone City and it's essentially the DC Comics version of Philadelphia and Bradley Cooper also hails from Philly! He's proven himself to be a strong actor in both comedies and dramas, worships at the alter of De Niro, learned from arguably the most prestigious drama program in America at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York and has made himself into one of today's most qualified leading men. Even though he's a handsome guy, Bradley Cooper has done well as the leading man for "every men" everywhere in this generation. For some reason, he has this everyman quality to him that would make him perfect for the king of everyman turned superheroes: The Flash! No other actor working today has the amount of earnest levity that would make the Flash endearing if he were to try and put a smile on Batman's face!
Denzel Washington as J'onn J'onnz/Martian Manhunter. Let's get real here! No matter who you are, you do not hate or even dislike this man. Whether you love him, like him or just think he's solid or alright, there's no denying when it comes to the power of Denzel. With his unique name comes acting talent that is beyond most actors working today and mountains of box office gold! Even when Denzel Washington plays bad guys in movies, there is a certain flourish of charisma that he brings to the role that makes him utterly compelling to watch. Another thing that he brings is a sense of grounded honesty and truth to everything he does. There is never a moment where Denzel is on screen and you don't believe that he is being insincere with his material. That kind of inexplicable conviction is what the role of Martian Manhunter needs in order for the audience to believe him as a truly crucial part of the Justice League. To top it off, his recent bouts with action that include The Book of Eli, Unstoppable and Safe House have all proven that even at 57 years old, Denzel can still kick a lot of ass and make it look easy. His rich voice, endless capacity for conviction, spring in his step and ability to transform into any role he wants makes him the prime candidate for such an important part. The Martian Manhunter is the one who grounds the Justice League and the only way to do it correctly in film is to cast a seasoned veteran that is liked by absolutely everyone! He might have to use motion capture to fully make the transformation but if Warner Bros. assigned WETA to do Justice League again and do motion capture for him a la Gollum, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk or Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Denzel Washington as Martian Manhunter would be an amazing thing to witness!
Ryan Gosling as Arthur Curry/Orin/Aquaman. No matter what anybody says, Ryan Gosling is this generation's Brad Pitt if he had adopted Marlon Brando's way of speaking. That killer combination along with the "hey, girl" meme, The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love. has made him the ideal of male beauty in today's day and age. In order to ground Aquaman as a serious character that belongs in the Justice League, you need an actor who knows how to harness all of the extreme emotions that a serious rendition of the Atlantean king would need to be considered a force to be reckoned with and also have the type of body that would look amazing without a shirt on. If there were any women who didn't like Channing Tatum all that much if at all, then Ryan Gosling would certainly attract a whole other demographic of women. Even though he's proven to be the ultimate blond movie star of today's world, his work in plenty of other films have also made regular guys and hardcore film buffs to fall in love with his acting ability. Of all the people who came out of the Mickey Mouse Club in the '90s, Gosling has come the furthest with his filmography and it's because of this that he's managed to pick up where Heath Ledger left off. In order to make Aquaman a sexy and cool character for the first time in a long time (if ever), Ryan Gosling would have to play him in a Justice League movie.
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