Justice For All: Using Trailers To Cast The Justice League Film

Justice League. The internet has been abuzz with rumors surrounding this film for months. Who is going to direct it? When is it coming out? Can a project like Justice League actually work? The Justice League film seems to be an even bigger topic of discussion on the internet than Avengers 2. This may simply be due to the fact that there is a great deal hope (and no doubt money) riding on this project even though there is no talent attached yet. Everyone (except maybe Marvel) wants this to work as well as Nolan's Bat Trilogy, and, with the right talent, it can be.

The necessary talent obviously includes the director, the writer, the production team, and numerous others, but this article is all about the actors and actresses who are best suited to play DC's most iconic characters. This is not the first or last article on the internet that you'll find about the Justice League cast, but it may be the first to use movie trailers to show all of you out there why these actors can embody these characters better than anyone else. So without further ado, here we go!

Role Call

Superman played by Henry Cavill

Man of Steel.

I won't spend too much time on this one since Henry Cavill has already been cast as the last son of Krypton. I will say that from what we've seen of him in the Man of Steel trailer, he seems to have a grasp on what makes Superman special. He's a natural leader who inspires the confidence of almost everyone around him. He carries hope on his shoulders when there is no hope. Keeping Cavill in the role will help Justice League to make sequel-level profits by bringing in the audience from Man of Steel.

Batman played by Ryan Gosling

Christian Bale does not want to do another Batman film, and Joseph Gorden Levitt has already been cast as "Robin" in the Nolanverse. So who's left to take up the cape and cowl? Who better than Ryan Gosling. Widely recognized as a talented actor with the build for a superhero role, Gosling proved that he was suited to play the Dark Knight when he starred in Drive. In the lead role, he showed us his ability to embody Batman's coldness, gravitas, seriousness, and badassery. Batman may not always be the most popular person among his teammates, but he commands respect and loyalty. On film, Gosling could definitely do that too. Some people may be thrown by Ryan's blonde hair, but he does have the choice to darken it for the role.

Wonder Woman played by Gemma Arterton

Wonder Woman's nickname--the Amazon Princess--illustrates the beautiful dichotomy of her character. She's a powerful, strong-willed woman who would never back down from a fight or a challenge, but she's also a lover of peace who would never seek a fight or a conflict. She's simultaneously both the most fierce and most nurturing member of the team.With her powerful abilities and vast training, Diana is capable of going toe-to-toe with just about any hero or villain. Gemma Arterton's roles in Hansel and Gretel and Prince of Persia show that she has what it takes to make Wonder Woman work on screen. In Hansel and Gretel, she plays a tough, seasoned witch hunter who isn't afraid to headbutt her enemies at a moment's notice. In Prince of Persia, she not only showed that she can play regal well, she also did some badass stunts. Oh, and she has a pretty sexy British accent (the standard accent for foreign cultures and fantasy films in Hollywood), and she can do humor! She's pretty much perfect. She can look more or less Mediterranean with the right tan--as shown in Prince of Persia if that's a concern of yours. She's willing to shoot on location, she's inexpensive right now, and she has already proven that she can do swords and sandals types of movies.

Green Lantern played by Chris Pine

Green Lantern is THE interstellar hero. He was chosen above all others for his courage, his willpower, and his honesty--three vital qualities in a Green Lantern. In many ways, Hal is the most human of the group. He's been irresponsible. He's felt fear. And he's overcome great challenges no matter what set-backs are sent his way. He's always willing to stare death in the face and put his life on the line--something that he does regularly as a test pilot. Not only is he a charming womanizer and light-hearted joker, Hal is also a man's man. He's the guy you want to share drinks with when you go out on a night on the town.

While Ryan Reynolds played the character well in 2011's Green Lantern, the film was a critical flop, and it is not highly regarded by anyone. Justice League is Warner Bros.'s chance to start fresh with the character by recasting him similarly to how Henry Cavill took the Superman role from Brandon Routh and Mark Ruffalo took the Hulk role from Edward Norton. This would be a great way to reboot the character softly so that we can forget about the last film. So who should take the Green Lantern mantle? Look no further than Chris Pine, who played a hero similar to Green Lantern--James Kirk--in 2011's Star Trek.

Cyborg played by Chadwick Boseman

Cyborg is the ultimate combination of man and machine, but his creation came from a tragic accident. Victor Stone was a gifted football player who had trouble connecting with his scientist father. While visiting his father's workplace at S.T.A.R. Labs, an experiment went horribly wrong and destroyed much of Vic's body. Desperate to save his son, Vic's father used several experimental and extraterrestrial technologies that turned Vic into Cyborg. Now Vic is plugged into every computer in the world and is a digital and physical tank.

Victor seldom receives the credit he rightfully deserves. He is an everyman--a people’s superhero. Unlike many of the other heroes, Cyborg is a hero that the public is likely to run into on the streets and interact regularly with, whereas some of his team mates stick to the shadows or fly. He’s approachable and passionate, spending his spare time working with disabled children. He's also one of the military's go-to heroes. These attributes make him indispensable to the team, as he provides a vital link between the Justice League and the people they serve. Furthermore, Cyborg is a hero who as personally experienced loss. This loss permeates his being which sometimes leads to him having deeply introspective moments but, overall, this pain gives Victor direction.

The actor who plays Cyborg needs to be able to shift between being superheroic, sweet, and pained. Chadwick Boseman can do those and do them well. He's set to star alongside Harrison Ford in 42, the Jackie Robinson life story, as Jackie Robinson himself. Warner needs to hire this guy soon, because he may be the next Denzel Washington. But right now, he's still pretty affordable for an ensemble cast.

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Posted by Superdork

I want this cast!

Posted by MikeStark

Where's Barry Allen, Aquaman & Martian Manhunter?

Posted by druzod2501

No Aquaman or Martian Manhunter?

I guess we'll have to rethink this: If Hemsworth is all about THOR, then I'd still cast Alan Ritchson as Aquaman. I'm convinced he's got more acting chops than most people think, and he's still got the youthful look to embody the young, sprightly, fierce King of Atlantis!

Martian Manhunter might be harder; do you want John Jones to be white or black?

Posted by Captain13

Great casting choices! You have DC's three most popular heroes (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) played by terrific actors. You also have DC's most prominent minorities (Wonder Woman and Cyborg) played by terrific actors. Everyone looks the part, and they all look the same age. Good job! I hope that Warner Brothers listens to you and uses this cast.

On another level, I also have to congratulate you for limiting the roster to five. Avengers had 5 lead-in films and they only had a 6 person roster. Actually it was a five person roster for 90% of the movie, because having Hawkeye for that other 90% would have been too difficult to write well. Keeping the Justice League to five characters for the first film will allow you to properly introduce the characters who did not have lead-in films and who general audiences don't know well. It also keeps this from automatically turning into the Superman/Batman movie with three supporting characters. And you can even leave room to develop the villain. This roster limitation shows that you understand film structure. Too many movies suffer from having too many characters.

Posted by OutlawRenegade

@Superdork: @Captain13:

Thank you!

Edited by batshrine

Honestly I like them all except for 2 I would want Cyborg to be bulkier actor, and I would want Bruce to be more playboyish so I picture Jake Gyllenhaal. Though Chadwick is a great actor...He could be Martian Manhunter...

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

just these 5? meh, i'll wait for the sequel

Posted by ohrenclez

I'd swap Ryan Gosling for Jensen Ackles on batman, i think he did really good in under the red hood, and i think he could be a good batman!

Ryan Gosling has had some really good serious roles, but he has also been seen in some more lighthearted movies, so i think this mixture would also be a really good choice to play Barry Allen!

Posted by Captain13

@batshrine said:

Honestly I like them all except for 2 I would want Cyborg to be bulkier actor, and I would want Bruce to be more playboyish so I picture Jake Gyllenhaal. Though Chadwick is a great actor...He could be Martian Manhunter...

Chadwick could bulk up like Hemsworth did. It wouldn't take long. And Martian Manhunter isn't even Black. I like how people try to cast Mahunter to boost diversity when he doesn't. He's whatever race the times or the situation calls for. In ten years, all the fancasts for him will be Asian actors or White actors. He's not a Black character, and I want a real Black hero--especially since Warner Brothers is gong to pass over John Stewart again. And if they do use John Stewart, the fanboys will just ask for him to be replaced like in the comics.

Furthermore, Cyborg just rules! He's strong, he's got dramtic personal conflict, he looks cool, he's a founder, he used to be a football player (just as cool as test pilot IMO), and he's a modern icon.

@ohrenclez said:

I'd swap Ryan Gosling for Jensen Ackles on batman, i think he did really good in under the red hood, and i think he could be a good batman!

Ryan Gosling has had some really good serious roles, but he has also been seen in some more lighthearted movies, so i think this mixture would also be a really good choice to play Barry Allen!

Ackles is not a movie star, so studios wouldn't want to bank on him. He's been on TV too long.

I think you're supposed to use trailers to back your choices up too, I think.

And finally, I would never believe that someone as good looking as Ryan Gosling could be as shy as Barry Allen. It's beyond belief. Ryan walks into a room and girls get wet. That's Batman.

Posted by EnsoulVemaeth

@ohrenclez said:

I'd swap Ryan Gosling for Jensen Ackles on batman, i think he did really good in under the red hood, and i think he could be a good batman!

Ryan Gosling has had some really good serious roles, but he has also been seen in some more lighthearted movies, so i think this mixture would also be a really good choice to play Barry Allen!

I think Jensen Ackles could do a good job, so I would go with him or Ryan Gosling. The other 4 picks I think are spot on though. Great job!

Posted by OutlawRenegade

@EnsoulVemaeth: Thanks! I prefer Gosling, but I could live with Ackles! He doesn't get enough credit.

Posted by tofu92600

Cyborg : Brian J White

Anyone else ?

Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

Nice list I agree with the majority except one which is Gosling. It's not that I think he is a bad actor because I really like this Ryan Gosling but he just doesn't seem like he fits the role IMO. I love the choices for Cyborg and Hal.

Posted by ips

Gosling is not well suited for the role. He's attractive and has a nice toughguy routine but there is an element of refinement and nobility that comes along with the character, which Gosling lacks. Batman isn't just a tough guy. He's old money that's been raised well. He carries himself a certain way. He's also 6'3" and built. Ryan has a great body but he'd have to put on about 20lbs of muscle.

the other choice that is questionable is Arterton for WonderWoman. it looks like you based this choice solely on her looks. Arterton is hot and she looks like she can do tough but again she's not displaying the other qualities that make up the character. The character is very old because of the island's aging so she has a very patient or tempered quality that is a big part of her character along with her regality and composure. Obviously, she's also a fierce warrior. Arterton is also physically far too small at 5'7". WonderWoman is 6' and must tower above most of the males she would encounter in a scene. Lifts could help but only too a point if the actress is 5'7". 6' is a difficult one to cast for but the actress cast should be at least 5'9" - 5'11".

I don't really have a suggestion for Batman's actor but I would much rather see someone like Jamie Alexander (Sif from Thor) than Gemma. Although, I suspect they'd have to just cast an unknown which is risky.

Posted by krexxxx4

Ryan Gossling should play Daredevil. He has the right look and I can see him playing a convincing blind man

Posted by ccraft

Great list, don't agree with Batman though

Posted by Queso6p4

Interesting choices.

Posted by SavageDragon

I Dig everyone but Batman. I liked Drive but I just cant see Gosling portraying a guy with such deep seeded issues and an obsession with Justice as Bruce Wayne. He seems just to clean cut. He also has too young of a face for Bruce imo. I think you posted this as a comment a while ago on another article and you had Charlie Hunnam as a character. As a big fan of SOA i think he could do Aquaman justice.

Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Dc should just make higher quality animated movie like they did for the Dc online trailer.

Posted by wwenmdc

Wonderful choices! Ik other people sort-of asked, but why is it that you only chose five? and if you were to do other characters, who would you want to play them?

@ips said:

I don't really have a suggestion for Batman's actor but I would much rather see someone like Jamie Alexander (Sif from Thor) than Gemma. Although, I suspect they'd have to just cast an unknown which is risky.

I agree with that choice.

@SavageDragon: I think of him more as a Green Arrow.

Posted by queenfrost_

did you read my mind or something? this is my exact dream cast :O

well done! love the reasoning behind it all and the selection ofc :)

Posted by Logan Reilly

nice casting.

Posted by ComicStooge

Martian Manhunter should replace Cyborg, in my opinion.

Posted by craigymail

I agree with all the choices made here, good actors/actress choice!

Posted by Superdork

@ComicStooge said:

Martian Manhunter should replace Cyborg, in my opinion.

MMH is too similar to Superman, so no.

Posted by SuperJedi17

Sadly, i know of none of these actors except for gosling.But without having seen any of his serious roles either...just remember the titans.That said,if i was to go by your guys word,i'd still not want him to be batman,at least not Bruce Wayne Batman,i could see him as Dick Grayson Batman,mostly because of his somewhat thinner build than what i'd want for a Bruce Wayne.But he'd have to dye that hair darker. Also,i really hope they ditch this"Trying to make superheroes realistic" Route before Justice League gets into production because after TDK trilogy,since Supes is next you'd think they'd go more with a comic book style right? Nope they're going to make it just like Nolan's bat trilogy,Which is just a dumb move in my opinion.

Posted by ComicStooge

@Superdork said:

@ComicStooge said:

Martian Manhunter should replace Cyborg, in my opinion.

MMH is too similar to Superman, so no.

Not really. They have a similar powersets and they're both from dead worlds, that's about it.

Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge

For Gemma Arterton - you missed the CLASH OF THE TITANS trailer. Overall, GOOD choice for Wonder Woman.

But what THE FLASH & AQUAMAN?

Posted by DMXN

Flash???

Posted by Abigail_The_Magical_Person

No Flash?!

Posted by MCWachner

And what about Flash?

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Uh, I think they confirmed Flash, but not Cyborg. Nice casting, though.

Posted by ScottyHawkeye

Why Not

Henry Cavill: Superman

Karl Urban: Batman

Ryan Reynolds: Green Lantern

Chris Evans: Flash

Liv Tyler: Wonder Woman

Chris Hensworth: Aquaman

Will Smith: Cyborg

Posted by weaponx

@ScottyHawkeye:

Karl Urban as Batman? I could go with that! Better than Gosling in my opinion! Gosling would do a good Flash though. Chris Evans could do it too, but he has his plate full and I don't want to see him be another super hero right now. I think Chris Hemsworth would be a great Green Lantern, but if they want to stick with what is already done, then him being Aquaman is okay with me. I think Will Smith is perfect for Cyborg, except that he is too old... Liv Tyler as WW also works.

Posted by weaponx

Sam Worthington or Jensen Ackles could also be Aquaman! Or Green Arrow!

Posted by DEGRAAF

I know GL was a flop but i feel like it wasnt as bad as everyone makes it out to be. There biggest down falls IMO was the look of Parallax and the villain in general were what ruined the movie. I think a soft reboot would work. They could bring an experienced GL in the movie.

Posted by ravisher

evenythings good but batman

ryan would be a better robin

Edited by batman_begins

Gotta get Dredd as Batman.. Karl Urban. If really Bale doesn't want to reprise.

Gosling will be good for Barry Allen and not Bats. Reynolds will be ok back as GL, don't worry about him. If we can get Elba for MM. We do need us another female lead imo.

Jason Statham as Deathstroke ;) And why not even have an Anne Hathaway appearance. She's stated many times that she would love to reprise her role.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels for Booster Gold and Blue Beetle? :D

Edited by Gallivant

I'd like to see John Hamm or Eric Bana as Batman.

I like Ryan Gosling though but he just seems to small and youthful for me, maybe he would be a better Aquaman?

For Green Lantern, I'd like to see Josh Hartnet but at the same time Chris Pine is an amazing choice. However the best ever would be Nathan Fillion.

Posted by nightlock

This is seriously the perfect and ideal cast for a Justice League movie. There is nobody else I would like to see but them and I mean that with everything I have. This needs to happen like now. They should definitely start off with these characters and in the next movie add Flash and Aquaman. I truly hope the writers of this upcoming film see this. Everybody is literally perfect and honestly too good to be true. I'm just going to hope and pray for them! Lol.

Posted by Captain Majestic

Well Cavill is playing superman so I won't argue with that choice but i would cast the JL movie as Follows:

Superman: Cavil

Wonderwoman: Gina Cerrano she actually has the physical chops and the beauty to play the amazon

Batman: Honestly I dont know, not gosling or jensen ackles,

Flash: Ryan Reynalds he has the ability to be serious and hilarious, and i dont blame him for the bad green lantern movie

Green Lantern(Hal Jordan): Chris Pine

Ryan Gosling: could play aquaman very well

Posted by Rellik21

John Hamm as Batman.

Posted by kilomac29

Love the Cyborg pick!!!!

Edited by jason44143

i like all the picks except ryan gosling, and ryan reynolds. i just cant picture him as batman, heck i nevrr liked bale as batman. and i have always said ryan reynolds is best as flash. doesnt anyone else think so? i could see gosling as green lantern or flash. this is a stretch but maybe bradley cooper as batman

Posted by LordRequiem

Gosling is no where near big enough to play Batman. It's not about just looking ripped, size is a factor also and he's far too small, plus I'd just say he doesn't have the serious look, most of the time he looks completely dazed. I've said for ages that Arterton is perfect for Wonder Woman, because she looks strong and doesn't have a weak figure.

Posted by RyDub

We have to look past acting ability alone I know i seen Karl Urban as a choice for batman but the guy is 40 you got to figure about ten years if the movie is a success for spin off and stand alone movies which will put him in his 50's. The cast i would chose for this would be in their 20's-30's.

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@captain13 said:

You have DC's three most popular heroes (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) played by terrific actors. You also have DC's most prominent minorities (Wonder Woman and Cyborg) played by terrific actors.

I'd say Wonder Woman is a much bigger and more famous character than Green Lantern ever was.

Edited by Captain13

Henry Cavill as Superman

Ryan Gosling as Batman

Gemma Arterton as Wonder Woman

Charlie Hunnam as Flash

Chadwick Boseman as Green Lantern

Edited by The Average Bear

Not Ryan Gosling for Batman. Maybe for Aquaman?

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