Nothing gets a conversation and/or debate going faster than an alternate casting. Everyone has their own opinion about what actor should play which role and more importantly, nobody can ever agree with anyone else’s picks. If it’s even slightly different than what you pictured in your head, you will immediately disregard it and ridicule the person who suggested it. The aim of the FanCast is to inspire conversation, create debate and provide ammo for the bloodthirsty nerds who can’t ever be wrong.
Here are my picks for if Justice League was released in the 1980s.
Mel Gibson | Superman
What you might have seen him in: Mad Max, Braveheart, Lethal Weapon
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Long before he became an alcoholic racist asshole, Gibson was the perfect movie star. Women loved him, guys loved him, everyone loved him. He did action movies, dramas, comedies, and even chick flicks. He was a badass and was the first person to become People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. He may not have the goodie two shoes persona normally associated with Supes but he does have enough charisma and likability to be a believable man of steel.
Alec Baldwin | Batman
What you might have seen him in: Beetlejuice, Glengarry Glenn Ross, The Departed
Why he’d be perfect for the role: If Keaton would’ve passed on Burton’s Batman, the role would’ve gone to Baldwin and while it’s impossible to tell who would’ve done a better job, I’ve always thought we probably missed out. Don’t get me wrong, I think Keaton is a fantastic batman but I think he lacks the edge Baldwin would’ve brought to the role. I believe Keaton’s Wayne is crazy enough to dress up like a bat and punch people in the face but I never bought that he’d actually win a fight. He’s not intimidating enough. Baldwin could easily play an asshole Wayne, a suave playboy Wayne and also an abusive night time vigilante that breaks people’s bones.
Isabelle Adjani | Wonder Woman
What you might have seen her in: Possession, The Story of Adele H, The Driver
Why she’d be perfect for the role: The obvious choice for Wonder Woman would be someone who had done some action work in the ’80s. A Michelle Pfeiffer springs to mind or even a Brigitte Nielsen (she’s not a good actress but she looks like an Amazon) but I decided to go a little outside of the box. Instead of focusing on the physicality, I wanted to focus on the character’s exotic looks. Part of Wonder Woman’s origin is that she was sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and to me, that perfectly describes Adjani’s good looks. She looks like a sculptor’s idea of beauty come to life. But she’s far more than her amazing looks. She’s an extremely talented actress that can and would nail every aspect of the character perfectly.
River Phoenix | The Flash
What you might have seen him in: Stand By Me, My Own Private Idaho, Running On Empty
Why he’d be perfect for the role: Since this pretend movie is made before the Disney machine created the jokey template every studio now copy and pastes, there’s no pressure to hire a comedic actor as the Flash to provide non-stop quips for the kiddies. There’s nothing wrong with going the Anthony Michael Hall or Jason Bateman route but I’d rather go with an actor I know can hold his own with some big heavy hitters than provide some unnecessary humor. Phoenix’s career might not have been long but it’s strong enough to prove he was more than just a pretty face. He could do this role in his sleep.
Dennis Quaid | Green Lantern
What you might have seen him in: Great Balls of Fire, Innerspace, Enemy Mine
Why he’d be perfect for the role: There’s something about Quaid that just screams All American. His persona is perfect for Superman but there’s just something about his look that prevents me from picturing him as the character. I don’t know what it is but even though I think he’d be great in the role, I just can’t see him in those tights. But for some reason, I can see him as Green Lantern. There’s not much difference between Clark Kent and Hal Jordan and if I think he’s good enough to play one, he might as well play the other.
Michael Ironside | Lex Luthor
What you might have seen him in: Extreme Prejudice, Starship Troopers, Scanners
Why he’d be perfect for the role: If you couldn’t tell by my picks, I’m skewing towards the latter half of the decade, specifically 88-89. Because of this, my ultimate Lex Luthor fan casting would be just a smidge too young for the role. Billy Zane was born to play the bald-headed evil businessman and would be perfect if this imaginary movie was made just five years later but late 80’s Zane is still too baby faced to be a convincing threat for these movies stars. So much to my dismay, I decided to go with the always reliable Ironside. A character actor with a predilection for villainy, Ironside can hold his own against any actor you throw at him, is naturally intimidating and is charismatic enough to steal any and every scene he’s in. He may not be the perfect Luthor but he’d better than every live-action one we’ve had so far, that’s for damn sure.
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