Monthly Archives: February 2011

Let’s Cast…GOTHAM CENTRAL: THE SERIES

Gotham Central was…well, let’s be honest: it was freaking amazing. It was probably one of the best comics of the last decade. As the title implies, Gotham Central dealt with the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department and the unique position they often found themselves in while trying to protect and serve a city that’s plagued by the likes of The Joker, Mad Hatter, and Two-Face. What made Gotham Central great was that, while he was always a “presence” in the book, Batman rarely appeared. This book was about the regular citizens of Gotham City.

With the recent announcement that FX has greenlit a pilot for Bendis and Oeming’s Powers, it’s the perfect time to think about a weekly Gotham Central television series (or another one, I guess, since it was once considered by the WB).

Tom Selleck as Commissioner James Gordon

To those of you who only know Selleck as Thomas Magnum, stop. Stop reading and go check out his new series Blue Bloods. Selleck’s Commissioner Reagan is so Gordon it isn’t funny.

 

Sarah Shahi as Detective Renee Montoya

A lot of the internet seems to think Michelle Rodriguez would make a good Montoya. Personally, I don’t really think she’s a good actress…and, besides, Sarah Shahi is awesome (and kicked butt on Life).

 

Andre Braugher as Detective Crispus Allen

Braugher played the greatest television cop in the history of forever on Homicide. I’d give anything to see him playing Montoya’s partner on a GC series.

 

Kari Matchett as Captain Maggie Sawyer

On Covert Affairs, Matchett runs the CIA’s field operations with an iron fist. Maggie Sawyer is no slouch, either, having transferred to the GCPD after working for the Metropolis PD’s Special Crimes Unit. Who better to play Capt. Sawyer?

 

Sean Maher as Detective Nick Gage

Detective Nicholas “St. Nick” Gage is a rising star on the GCPD. He’s young and eager and a perfect role to bring Firefly‘s Maher back to television.

 

Louis Lombardi as Detective Harvey Bullock

Lombardi’s been around the block: 24, Fantasy Island, The Sopranos. I have a soft spot for the guy and think he could bring it as the GCPD’s resident cranky, slovenly detective.

 

Gabrielle Union as Detective Josephine “Josie Mac” MacDonald

I just like Gabrielle Union…

 

Gillian Anderson as Detective Romy Chandler

It’s been too long since Gillian Anderson pointed a gun at things on my television.

 

Angela Sarafyan as Stacy

Sarafyan played the awkwardly adorable CSI Samantha Evans on The Good Guys. I think she’d be perfect as civilian employee (and frequent Bat Signal operator) Stacy.

 

Garret Dillahunt as Jim Corrigan

Crime Scene Investigator Jim Corrigan is creepy and kind of a dick. Garret Dillahunt is really good at playing creepy dicks. Done and done.

Let’s Cast…THE TEEN TITANS

I’m pretty sure I’ve written before about my love of DC’s concept of Legacy Heroes…so the fact that I really like the Teen Titans should come as no surprise. The Teen Titans have existed in various forms throughout the years, but the basic concept remains: a gathering of teenage sidekicks (and, later, teen heroes), adventuring and growing without their adult mentors standing over their shoulders.

My personal favorite incarnation of the team is from Geoff John’s run on the title–former Titans Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy offering second-generation sidekicks Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash, plus Superman’s teenage clone, a place to hang out and be teenagers while still getting in a little bit of superheroing. That’s what I’d want to see in a Teen Titans movie, the old guard helping the next generation of Titans come into their own.

Logan Lerman as Robin/Tim Drake

I like Lerman. I didn’t think he was terrible in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (although the movie itself wasn’t much to write home about) and he played Christian Bale’s son in 3:10 to Yuma–if that doesn’t qualify him to play Tim Drake, nothing does.

Kyle Gallner as Kid Flash/Bart Allen

Gallner played Bart Allen (more or less) on Smallville. I thought he did a fair job of capturing Bart’s cocky attitude.

Heather Morris as Wonder Girl/Cassie Sandsmark

Heather Morris is awesome on Glee. I haven’t seen her in anything else, but in interviews she seems to have her head on right. I’d give her a shot at playing Wonder Girl.

Luke Kleintank as Superboy/Conner Kent

On No Ordinary Family, Kleintank plays one of the few characters without superpowers (for the moment, at least). Conner isn’t the flashiest member of the Titans, and Kleintank seems pretty good at radiating that kind of strong, silent presence.

Penelope Cruz as Starfire/Koriand’r

I am not gonna lie: this choice is more or less based solely on the fact that I find Penelope Cruz damned attractive. Although, there is something going on with that hair, isn’t there?

Dominic Monaghan as Beast Boy/Garfield Logan

I dunno. Just seems to work. What do you think?

Leonard Roberts as Cyborg/Victor Stone

Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Heroes, Roberts has more than enough genre experience. His role as a tough but loving father on Heroes makes me think he’d do a good job as the Titans’ guardian.

Emily Perkins as Raven

I really can’t think of anyone better to play the half-demon Raven than Emily Perkins. I’m pretty sure Dominic will thank me.

Now, because I have something of an addictive personality and mild impulse-control issues, I couldn’t stop with just these Titans. Oh, no. How about:

Bonnie Wright as Miss Martian/M’gann M’orzz

I have a theory: every Avengers team needs a Vision and every incarnation of the Justice League needs a Martian Manhunter. By extension, the JV arm of the Justice League should have a Martian of their own.

Meaghan Martin as Supergirl/Kara Zor-El

You’re probably asking yourself: Do we really need Supergirl on the team when we already have Superboy? Well, all I have to say is: You’ve got a lot of nerve, Mister.

Percy Daggs, III as Aqualad/Jackson Hyde

This new Aqualad has recently popped up in the comics, however he was created for the new Young Justice cartoon. The whole Aquaman family has had problems with PR for years; even the most die-hard comic fans are under the impression that these characters are inherently lame. I say give Percy a pair of those hard-water whips and let him go…then we’ll see who’s inherently lame.

Lucy Hale as Mary Marvel/Mary Batson

I like Lucy Hale. I like Mary Marvel. Seemed like a good idea…mostly because this? Never. Really. Happened.

Finally, you can’t have heroes without villains; and, when I think Teen Titans, I think…

Ron Perlman as Deathstroke/Slade Wilson

Not only did Perlman voice Deathstroke in Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (he was referred to as “Slade”), but he is just genuinely terrifying.