The 411 Movies Top 5 09.13.13: Top 5 Fantasy Superhero Casting
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 09.13.2013
From Jack Nicholson as Wolverine and Timothy Dalton as Iron Man to Vincent Price as Doctor Strange, Gregory Peck as Batman and more, the 411 staff count down their top 5 superhero fantasy castings!
Welcome to Week 391 of the Movie Zone Top 5. My name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.
The 411mania writers were given the following instructions: A comment from this most recent column gave me an idea for this week. As a reminder, last week someone asked who would be a perfect Batman if you could go back and choose any actor from any time period.
Who would be your Top 5 casting choices for any superhero in a movie, if you could choose anyone from any time frame. Would you want Michael J. Fox in his prime as Spider-Man? What about Vincent Price as Dr. Strange? Clark Gable as Batman? Robert De Niro as Wolverine? Have fun with this one
The "Ann Margret" of Viva Las Vegas was both fun and super sexy, something a potential Wonder Woman movie would need to be successful. And since she was in her physical prime back then (you know, as a dancer) she could handle the necessary stunt and fight work and make it look easy. I probably wouldn't have her sing as Wonder Woman, though. Maybe have her do a music video to help promote the movie. That would be cool.
4. Burt Reynolds (Hal Needham era)- Batman
The "fun" Batman movie has only worked once, and that was when the Adam West TV version was made into a movie. Joel Schumacher sort of tried to make a "fun" Batman, but he failed miserably twice. So why not have the great director Hal Needham give it a shot? If Needham is going to do it, he's going to need his leading man, Smokey hisself Burt Reynolds as Batman and as Bruce Wayne. Reynolds would kick ass as Wayne, since he's always been so smooth and cool and funny. As Batman? I think he'd do a good job. I probably wouldn't put him in the The Dark Knight or even the Burton era Batman armor, but something close to it. The Batmobile stunts would be killer, that's for sure.
3. Marlon Brando (thin)- Superman
The young, thin Marlon Brando has the jaw line, the hair, and the overall profile to put on the Superman suit and make everyone believe that he was sort of born to play Superman. His Clark Kent would probably be brilliant, too. I'm sure he'd spend just as much time trying to figure out how to make that side of Superman work. Heck, he'd probably demand that at least half the movie be about Kent and his life when he isn't in the suit. I think everyone in the world would dig that, at least for a little while.
2. Jack Nicholson (1970's)- Wolverine
Much in the same way that Hugh Jackman is Wolverine because he looks like Wolverine, the Jack Nicholson of the 1970's looks like Wolverine. So it would be kind of ridiculous not to consider making a Wolverine movie with that version of Nicholson. He would give Wolverine/Logan a darkness that Jackman can only sort of hint at, and if and when there's a need for a berserker moment you just know that Nicholson would kill with that. If only this could happen.
1. William Holden- The Punisher
A very cool Punisher movie could be made with either the Stalag 17 era of Holden, or The Wild Bunch era. Obviously, the Stalag 17 version would have to feature a younger Punisher. I probably wouldn't have this Holden do a full on Punisher: War Zone style non-stop action Punisher, but I'd definitely have him kill a bunch of bad guys and engage in a bunch of cool stunts. As for the Wild Bunch version, the older version, I'd definitely want to go for a more brutal, no holds barred action movie. That Holden was a vicious bastard, and an older vicious bastard Punisher is something I think the world could dig. And think of this possibility: no matter which era Holden you use, you could get Ernest Borgnine to play Microchip. Who wouldn't want to see either a younger or older Ernie Borgnine as a computer expert?
5. Timothy Dalton as Iron Man
Some might see it as a bit offbeat but always thought it would have been a good casting coup. Dalton had the look of Tony Stark, check him out with nice mustache in The Rocketeer and his time as James Bond shows he'd have the international playboy act down. But I think he'd have handled the action stuff well, the high-tech suits and powerful battles and show a bit more edge to the role to remind us how deadly a genius can be. Hard to picture anyone but Downey Jr. in the role now but I dare say Dalton could have given it a good run for the money.
4. Gregory Peck as Batman
In Kingdom Come, Alex Ross obviously bases his drawings of an aged Bruce Wayne on Gregory Peck and it got me to thinking that in his prime, he might have made a damn good Batman at that. He has the strong features and booming tones, would have been good as the playboy Bruce Wayne but still the dominating tone and presence for Batman as well. He might have been rough in action scenes but made up for it with his charisma and set a tone for many a Caped Crusader to follow.
3. Errol Flynn as Green Arrow
This one is just too easy, have to get it out there. Come on, the all-time greatest big-screen Robin Hood, who better to play DC's master archer? Even into the late 1940's, Flynn was still great at swashbuckling epics and could have handled playing Arrow in a period setting, firing off quips along with arrows and doing it all in style that few could touch.
2. Charlton Heston as Nick Fury
I can back this one up with some evidence as in 1994's True Lies, Heston played the Fury-like head of a spy agency, complete with eyepatch, and was great in it. Just imagine Heston in his late-1960's prime as Fury, the aged WWII veteran still fighting it out in a tough world, growling and snapping yet throwing himself into the heat of action as well. Nothing against Samuel L. Jackson but prefer a more traditional Fury and Heston would have made a great one.
1. Vincent Price as Doctor Strange
Even as late as the 1970's, Price would have KILLED it as Doctor Strange. He looked just like the character, down to the mustache and you can just imagine that great voice reciting stuff like "By the hoary hosts of Hoggath!" Given his experience in horror films, Price could have handled special effects of magic stuff and carried the great mix of pride and strength of Strange, sheer magic that we wish we could have witnessed.