|The hero Gotham deserves|
I know a lot of people are mad about the recent announcement that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. Personally I couldn't be more excited. Granted Affleck's done a lot of rubbish in his time, but I've always found that (like Colin Baker in Doctor Who) the flaws in Affleck's many stinkers have little to do with his actual performance. Also, as many people have pointed out, Affleck has proved himself to be so much more than your average Hollywood meathead, as both an actor, a writer, and a director, with such films as Good Will Hunting, Hollywoodland, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town, to name but a few examples.
But Bat-ffleck aside, one of the other main reasons to get excited about Man of Steel 2 is the rumoured casting of Bryan Cranston as my all time favourite villain ever, Lex Luthor! It'll be interesting to see Luthor operating in a world where Superman inadvertently caused a hostile, alien army to invade the Earth. A world where Superman was only able to stop that army after a battle that destroyed a city, and then only by (spoilers) snapping someone's neck. A world where Luthor's hatred and resentment of the Man of Steel, while still irrational and petty, carries a little more weight than it usually does. It'll also be interesting to see Luthor contrasted with Batman. Two men who have, in their own way, reached the peak of human achievement, one embodying everything good about the human race, the other embodying everything bad.
The number one, main reason to get excited about Man of Steel 2 however is the fact that it brings us a huge step closer to finally seeing a Justice League movie! What heroes would you like to see, and who would you have playing them?
At the moment I'm picturing, alongside Henry Cavill and Affleck:
Idris Elba as Green Lantern/John Stewart: A hardened soldier with an artistic, sensitive side, who won't let the guilt of past mistakes stop him from doing the right thing today. Did you see Pacific Rim? Elba would be perfect!
Ryan Gosling as The Flash/Barry Allen: With films such as Drive Gosling's established a reputation for playing brooding introverts. While Barry Allen is certainly an introvert (particularly since writer Geoff Johns had Reverse Flash go back in time and kill his mother), he's still a bit more light-hearted than the type of character Gosling usually plays. I do, however think that Gosling's a good enough actor to pull it off.
Jennifer Lawrence as Wonder Woman: I loved Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class and I think she's got loads of charisma, an important trait for someone portraying a character as iconic as Wonder Woman.
Gerard Butler as Aquaman: He played a fantastic warrior king in 300. The King of the Seven Seas should be a walk in the park (or a swim in the pond at least) for Butler.
I'd also like to see some less iconic heroes pop up too. Firestorm would look amazing on the big screen and who wouldn't love to see Zatanna? I'd also love to see Black Canary, Cyborg and The Atom.
So there's my dream casting for a Justice League film. What's yours?