Which heroes and villains would wanna see in a live action movie of the Justice League? And which actors should be given the roles?
Hrm, if we are going with Justice League, and not the JSA, I would say:
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash (Wally), Green Lantern (Hal), Green Arrow, Hawkgirl/Hawkman, and Martian Manhunter.
I think expanding the roster much beyond 6-8 characters would make a good film difficult to produce.
Well you have to have the big 3 (Supes, Bats, and WW) Probably Hal Jordan as the GL since they made a movie around him.
Flash is a must but it could be either Barry or Wally.
Aquaman, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, and/or Cyborg can join as well. I would take any or none of those four heroes to join.
Personally I would like Aquaman and Cyborg since that would have all main seven characters of the new Justice League in the movie.
i wouldn't have TOO many, play it like the Avengers and cast just a few
-Superman (played by Brandon Routh)
-Batman (played by Christian Bale)
-Wonder Woman (played by Tanit Phoenix)
-Flash (played by Neil Patrick Harris)
-Martian Manhunter (played by Mischa Collins)
-special appearances by Amada Waller and Cadmus
-main villain- Brainiac, someone who could pose a big enough threat for all the heroes to band together
The team could include anywhere from 7 to 9 members. Obviously a JL movie should obviously include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash, but beyond that there is a lot of leeway. As for determining who else should be in the team I think you have to ask four questions. How are they going to be read by a mainstream audience? Will their powers be an asset to the group? Will they improve the diversity of the film? And what's their reason for joining the JL? A lot of people have been bringing up Aquaman but as far as I'm concerned he fails all those questions.
The first two I would pick to add to the movie would be Zatanna, and Cyborg. They might b a little too third tier but I think they would make the best additions to the team. Cyborg is fairly well known from the Teen Titan cartoons and his technological based powers could serve as a nice bridge between the powerless Batman, and the rest of the super powered team. Zatanna is a little more obscure but in the comics she has always been common second woman for the JL. In addition to adding a more feminine touch to the movie her command of magic would offer a power that is unlike any of the other JL.
It would be nice to see Martian Manhunter in the movie but I'm uncertain if mainstream audiences would become attached to a green alien. If they were going to add in any more hero's I think some good choices would be either Vixen, and The Atom(Ryan Choi).
I like the point made above by many that it would need some core characters that everybody knows. They have to be the anchor. And then maybe add one or two less well known in the popular culture (e.g, the Martian Manhunter). But there could easily be ways to give brief cameos to a large host of characters -- much less well known, but favorites in the narrower comic community. So.....I would suggest Green Arrow as a core character for a variety of reasons (much the same reasons I liked Hawkeye in the Avengers), but what about a cameo from someone like the Red Tornado (or heck, maybe flashbacks or something like it)? I'm envisioning a scaled down version of a storyline where there are lots of characters referenced/seen, but just a core group that are at the heart of the story. Ultimately, this is not only about characters -- it's about the script.
@markstephan1972: I guess Green Arrow is better known now adays thanks to the Arrow TV ( still haven't seen it) but I'm not sure if he should be in the first JL movie. Mostly for two reasons. First off the movie doesn't need another Batman, and second the movie doesn't need a Hawkeye.
Okay those both are pretty big over statement but let me explain. In the first Justice League movie they need to establish Batman as someone who can go toe to toe with all the other superheros. I think added someone else without powers would just get in the way of that. And second I realize that Green Arrow is actually an older character, but Hawkeye was the first one to get the big screen treatment. I just don't think it would be good to have a hero with the same abilities as one of the Avengers. Especially if it's the lamest of the group.
@sangriamuffin: Point taken. My personal preferences for both characters shouldn't drive the decision-making. I would say that part of the angle of characters like Hawkeye or Black Widow is that they round out the skill sets of the heroes -- it's not like Thor is meant for spy work. For a character like GA (but not necessarily GA himself) it might allow for a frame of reference that contrasts with the other heroes (e.g., think about the classic stuff about GL and GA and the drug addicted Speedy -- not focusing on global crises, but rather local ones). But this could wait for a second film -- and need not be part of the first.
@sandman_: Actually, you've got a point here -- why should a JLA movie focus almost all of its attention on characters like Batman or Superman....since they are well known entities? Maybe this....have them in the movie, but they don't get center stage -- given center stage to characters less well developed. It all depends on whether other movies come out before the JLA movie that give us a full picture of individual members of JLA (e.g., Wonder Woman). But if the JLA movie is to come out sooner than later, maybe more attention goes to the members chosen who don't already have their own franchise. For example, don't have an Aquaman movie, but give him and a couple others more of the storyline.