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Old 01-24-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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MR. FREEZE - BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, SHERLOCK)

One of the most complex and interesting comic-book villains of all-time was butchered by never-ending puns and bad writing in Batman & Robin, so I think that it's about time for some good old fashioned redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch is undeniably one of the best working actors in Hollywood today, he's fired up the big-screen already once before with his portrayal of Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but it's his work away from the big-screen that has surely captured his true talents, most notably his uncanny portrayal of the always uncompromising detective Sherlock Holmes in the brilliant BBC series Sherlock. If anyone was going to challenge Heath Ledger's The Joker as Batman's best on-screen villain, I think it'd, without a shadow of a doubt, be Cumberbatch's Mr. Freeze. Take his character arc from Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and BOOM! There's a great villain.



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THE PUNISHER - JOSH BROLIN (GANGSTER SQUAD, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN)

I never thought much about who should play The Punisher before, until I finally finished watching Gangster Squad last week. Though it's definitely not at all a great movie, it's a good one, the cast is likeable all-around and Brolin in particular is great as the leading man who takes charge in taking down Sean Penn's Mickey Cohen. Watching individual scenes throughout the film, especially the scenes where he's involved in fist or gun fights, it's almost uncanny how similar he looks to Frank Castle. Even in his mugshot he looks a bit like Frank Castle! I think Brolin would be fantastic as Castle, especially since his filmography includes some solid R-rated movies that have done pretty well box-office wise (Gangster Squad did alright, but Oldboy flopped, but both No Country For Old Men and American Gangster however did great business).



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GHOST RIDER - SHARLTO COPLEY (DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM)

Though he surely hasn't been in too many movies, Sharlto Copley has quickly become a recognizable face in the business and both the films he has done with Neill Blomkamp have shown how good he is at drawing a fine line between good and evil. Though he was technically a good guy in District 9, he wasn't a likeable guy at all, which made his arc all the more satisfying, and in Elysium he has a lot of fun playing the bad guy. The balance he finds between his roles is what inspired me to nominate him for the next Ghost Rider instalment. If he brings the same level of energy that he brought in those two films, even a lesser film like The A-Team, a Ghost Rider revamp would surely be in the right hands indeed.



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VENOM - TOM HARDY (WARRIOR, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)

A great talent. He's already proven himself in the comic-book genre, as the intimidating and menacing Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, so why not give him the chance to play a villainous anti-hero this time? Watching Bronson, I think he'd be perfect at portraying the madness and rage that is within Eddie Brock, and yet he's a capable enough actor that he could make the character strangely likeable to audiences even though his character is rather evil, as he has proved in Bronson before. He't got the physique, he's got the resume. Now, all he needs is the phone call.



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THE JOKER - RICHARD DE KLERK (REPEATERS, COLE)

Most of you guys reading this probably have no earthly idea who this guy is, but he's a talent worth getting to know. I've only seen one of his films, Repeaters, but, just from that one film I've seen with him, I have the utmost faith in this guy delivering yet another stunning portrayal of The Clown Prince of Gotham. If you guys haven't seen Repeaters yet, which you should, let me give you a quick rundown of what it's about and why his performance in the film inspired me to select him for this editorial. Repeaters is like Groundhog's Day on drugs, it's the same premise, except, this time, it deals with three characters living the same day over-and-over together until they resolve their problems. In the film, Klerk's character, Michael, starts out fine as a person but progressively throughout the film he begins to lose his mind as he takes full-advantage of his "repeats", in doing this he: kills a cop, rapes an underage woman and eventually turns against the only two people that understand his madness. It's a crazy little indie thriller and a crazily-written character who's portrayed almost perfectly by Klerk, his laugh even sounds a bit like Mark Hamill's.



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Also, I wanted to post up this article.

I believe I was the first to ever mention Justin Theroux possibly playing Dr. Strange and, two months after my original article was published, suddenly I started seeing my casting choice get more traction. I think Theroux's a solid actor who would bring a ton of energy to the role of Dr. Strange. Plus, he's a fresh face. Haven't we seen enough of Johnny Depp in big action blockbusters anyway (especially after the Lone Ranger nonsense)? Leave it to a fresh face and the pay-off will be much better (look at Chris Hemsworth as Thor, for example). But Jon Hamm could make a great Dr. Strange as well (since his name was mentioned in a spoilers article posted for Captain America: The Winter Solider if I do remember correctly).

*Originally written on CBM.com (by myself, of course).


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Old 01-24-2014, 06:27 PM   #2
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Mads Mikkelson-Baron Zemo/Von Strucker (Yes, I know they already cast, but he was my #1 candidate, like Jensen Ackles for Batman.)

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Mads Mikkelson-Baron Zemo/Von Strucker (Yes, I know they already cast, but he was my #1 candidate, like Jensen Ackles for Batman.)
I was originally hoping they'd cast Scott Adkins in the role of Batman, but they should definitely consider using him as a stunt-double in certain action scenes because he's a phenomenal fighter (he did the stunts for that final fight scene from X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Deadpool, one of the few good sections from an otherwise dull film that could probably use a Director's Cut, ala The Wolverine, if it wants any chance to redeem itself). He may not have the best resume, but he's a consistent and strong actor from what I've noticed (Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning surprised the hell outta me, I loved that film and, right now, it stands as my favourite Universal Solider movie). I haven't seen his two Ninja movies yet, but I definitely wanna because the stunts that this guy brings to the table are brutal and incredible in every way. I think this guy deserves to be Batman.

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Cam Gigandet for Iron Fist

Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doc Ock

Adam Brody for Nova

Luke Goss for Deadman

Clint Eastwood as Punisher (MAX)

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Michael C. Hall as The Riddler.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Brainiac.
Ben Whishaw as Nightwing.
Eva Green as Amora the Enchantress.
Matthew McConaughey as Lex Luthor.
Keith David as Darkseid.
Rachel Weisz as Circe.
Jessica Chastain as Mera.
Chiwetal Ejiofor as Black Panther.
Viggo Mortensen as Doctor Strange.
Javier Bardem as Baron Mordu.
Paul Bettany as John Constantine.
Rinko Kikuchi as Lady Shiva.
Molly C. Quinn as Barbara Gordon/Oracle.

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Michael C. Hall as The Riddler.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Brainiac.
Ben Whishaw as Nightwing.
Eva Green as Amora the Enchantress.
Matthew McConaughey as Lex Luthor.
Keith David as Darkseid.
Rachel Weisz as Circe.
Jessica Chastain as Mera.
Chiwetal Ejiofor as Black Panther.
Viggo Mortensen as Doctor Strange.
Javier Bardem as Baron Mordu.
Paul Bettany as John Constantine.
Rinko Kikuchi as Lady Shiva.
Molly C. Quinn as Barbara Gordon/Oracle.
Whole-heartedly agree. He was phenomenal in Redbelt and I can't wait to see 12 Years a Slave when it comes out on Blu-ray. This guy could be pretty good as Black Panther too IMO.

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Maybe Christian Bale as Dr. Strange? I'm counting on Justin Theroux, but Bale could have a shot and may want to take it (though Jon Hamm could get the role too).


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Ryan Gosling as Daredevil and Joel Edgerton as The Flash. Make it happen, Hollywood. Make it happen. And get Gareth Evans (director of The Raid and The Raid 2 coming soon) to direct Daredevil, if not Nicolas Winding Refn (who did a fantastic job with Drive, Albert Brooks would make for a great mobster again).

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Jude Law: The Riddler
Paul Bettany: Hawkman/Aquaman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.
Yvonne Strahovski as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel.
Amber Heard as Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird.
Jaimie Alexander as Zatanna.
Antje Traue as Madame Hydra.

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Whole-heartedly agree. He was phenomenal in Redbelt and I can't wait to see 12 Years a Slave when it comes out on Blu-ray. This guy could be pretty good as Black Panther too IMO.
If not either of these guys, how about Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther? What a great performance he delivered in 42, such a great movie (I was surprised Harrison Ford wasn't nominated for an Oscar in his role, he was brilliant).

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KINGPIN - GLENN FLESHLER (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BLUE JASMINE)

So happy to have discovered this great actor, courtesy of HBO, not only does he have the size and build for a character like the Kingpin of Crime, but he also has a compelling voice which is very calm and relaxed while he himself can sometimes looks anything but relaxed.


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Good call.

Hugo Weaving as Quentin Beck (Mysterio)

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It will never happen but Daniel Day Lewis as Dr. Doom.

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Hugo Weaving as Quentin Beck (Mysterio)
I always found that Quentin Beck looked a lot like Leonard Nimoy. Weaving would be great as Mysterio, definitely has the voice for it, but I'd love to see him return as Red Skull much more (unless Robert Redford is secretly Red Skull in Winter Solider, I'd be fine with that too). I'd probably pick Zachary Quinto for Mysterio, he'd be great.

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I'd pick Bruce Campbell to play Mysterio. It's a role that he could really eat up. Also, Mysterio is not really a physical threat, so Campbell's age wouldn't really be an issue.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Batman.


...not very inspired, I know, but it would still be awesome.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Brainiac (DC) or Doctor Doom (Marvel).

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KINGPIN - GLENN FLESHLER (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, BLUE JASMINE)

So happy to have discovered this great actor, courtesy of HBO, not only does he have the size and build for a character like the Kingpin of Crime, but he also has a compelling voice which is very calm and relaxed while he himself can sometimes looks anything but relaxed.

That's a good one.

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Idris Elba - John Stewart
Benedict Cumberbatch - Doctor Strange, I could see him doing MMH too.
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childroland please edit in an ID for the actresses in your posts thank you

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JAMES GORDON - KYLE CHANDLER (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, SUPER 8)

Very underrated actor. I was thinking about picking Ethan Hawke for this role originally, but I think that Chandler is a much fresher face for the role of James Gordon, especially since Hawke has already played a cop in about two or more other movies, and especially since Chandler always brings real authority to his roles (he's fantastic in The Wolf of Wall Street). He's a very respectable actor and somebody you can easily count on for delivering a great performance.


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Bryan Cranston as Commissioner Gordon.

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