Identity Crisis Casting, pt. 1

So, here it is. HBO miniseries event, “Identity Crisis”, as cast by yours truly. It was rather easy to find normal sized pictures to use of the actors, but next to impossible to find headshots or any sort of shots of Rags Morales’s depictions of said characters, for a side-by-side comparison, so this B & W pic of the version of the JLA from “Identity Crisis” will have to do. The primary characters of IC are what are usually the back-up characters, e.g. Batman and Superman are of mid-level importance to the story, and Wonder Woman is relegated to an almost mythical non-presence — she only shows up to administer the truth lasso, and to pay her respects at the funeral. Hal Jordan (the original Green Lantern) is a ghost, and Barry Allen (the original Flash) is plain dead for this, so any of you not familiar with DC Comics characters past their most iconic and well-known will have NO idea who I’m referring to, and may want to skip this post entirely.

1. Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man: Jim Carrey. The soft-spoken, kindhearted husband to the primary victim of IC, Ralph has the ability to stretch his form and shape, which is used to heartbreaking effect when we see what grief does to someone who has no limits to their facial expression. With a limited amount of CGI, the serious Jim Carrey could pull this off easy.

2. Sue Dibny: Alyson Hannigan. Sue was one of the characters that was harder to cast. I couldn’t think of many actresses who could evoke the type of immediate audience empathy needed. I needed someone who it would break my heart to see killed and burned, whether I knew the character or not, and who was within reasonable age proximity to Jim. The last part is why Zooey Deschanel did not immediately get the role.

3. Oliver Queen, The Green Arrow: Kiefer Sutherland. Well, just look at him. I’m sure Kiefer can grow his dad’s mustache from Buffy. Plus, Jack Bauer plus arrows? Yes.

4. Ray Parker, The Atom: Edward Norton. Sort of the opposite of being the Hulk. The Atom can shrink himself down to literally the atomic and perhaps even subatomic level. So small, he can ride the electronic signals from one telephone to another. His relationship with his ex-wife is one of the better and more key situations in the book.

5. Jean Loring: Wynona Ryder. The Atom’s ex-wife, with whom he begins to reconcile once she is targeted by whomever is attacking the League’s loved ones. She looks the part, and has the range to pull off the ups and downs. Also, I’d like to see her playing off of Norton.

6. Zatanna: Rachel Weisz. Sexy and brunette fits a few profiles in the DCU, but age-wise Z needs to be younger than Ralph or Oliver, but still old enough to have been in the original conspiracy with them. Rachel has the right look and can be the seductive magician and the most unwitting yet important part of the conspiracy. Plus, I want to see her in fishnets and a top hat.

7. Wally West, The Flash: Joseph Gordon-Levitt. One of the younger members of the league, Wally took on the mantle of the Flash after Barry Allen’s death. While smart, witty, and fun, Wally’s real role in IC is the discovery of seven of the original member’s conspiracy and subsequent joining of it, so this is mostly a dramatic role. After Brick and The Lookout, I think JGL has shown himself more than qualified.

8. Clark Kent, Superman: Brendan Fraser. While Brenden’s been my choice for Superman for a long time, I wouldn’t necessarily use him if I had the chance to reboot Superman right now, due to his age. That being said, his age would work in a cast where he is technically the oldest member. Although Superman doesn’t age like regular humans, Fraser’s held up well and needs to have authority in his voice. Plus, having been in both George of the Jungle and Gods & Monsters, it’s safe to say he can pull off both Clark and Supes.

9. Kyle Rayner, The Green Lantern: Sean Maher. My actual current choice for Superman, Sean can play the All-American fashion model-looking replacement for Hal Jordan (who had gone through a lot at this point, but was not yet a Green Lantern again). Mostly, his role in IC is to be a little wet behind the ears and unaware of the underbelly of being in the League.

10. Dinah Lance, The Black Canary: Diane Kruger. Daughter of the original Black Canary with a very similar name, Dinah has the power of sonic screaming, much like the X-Men’s Banshee. Her part in IC is basically to argue with the male leads about whether she can take care of herself when they get overprotective, and getting her ass handed to her by Deathstroke. (Everyone does, but this seems to be the only other think Canary does in the book.) After seeing her performance as the actress Von Hammersmark in Inglourious Basterds and Helen in Troy, it’s obvious to me that Diane can play beautiful, deadly, strong, and independent. Plus I want to see her in fishnets and leather.

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