First Look: Justice League of America Cast?

Warner Bros is set to announce the official cast for George Miller’s Justice League of America movie next week, but studio spies have leaked a supposed preview of what we should expect. Note: none of the following cast has been officially confirmed, and being late Friday night, it’s likely we won’t hear anything until Monday at earliest. But let’s take a look at the rumored cast of Justice League.

Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights) is Superman. Created in 1932, Superman is considered to be the most famous comic book character of all time. Born on an alien planet called Kryton, Kal-El was sent to Earth moments before the planet’s destruction. Adopted and raised by a Kansas farmer and his wife, Clark Kent (earth name) was brought up with a strong moral compass. Upon reaching maturity Clark developed superhuman abilities including flight, speed, strength, stamina, durability, senses, intelligence, breath, and heat vision, later resolving to use these for the benefit of humanity. Justice League Superman is supposed to take place in a different continuity than the Bryan Singer and Richard Donner stories.

Adam Brody (The O.C., Thank You For Smoking) is Wally West aka The Flash. Justice League supposedly begins with the funeral of Barry Allen, the second Flash (1956-1986). His nephew (by marriage) Wally West was exposed to electrically charged chemicals at ten years old when he was visiting his uncle’s police laboratory. West donned a copy of his uncle’s outfit and became the young crime fighter named Kid Flash. After Barry Allen was killed, Wally took over as the fastest man alive. The Flash possesses “super-speed,” and superhuman reflexes which allow him to violate certain laws of physics. Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus helmer David Dobkin is signed on to direct a Flash feature film following production of Justice League.

Common (Smokin’ Aces, Wanted) is John Stewart aka The Green Lantern, who first appeared in July 1940. The Green Lantern possesses a power ring that gives him control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. Greg Berlanti (The Broken Hearts Club) is set to direct a feature film based on the character following the JLA movie. Berlanti is penning the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.

Teresa Palmer (Wolf Creek, The Grudge 2) as Talia Ghul – a recurring love interest for Batman. Her father, Ra’s al Ghul, the leader of a worldwide criminal empire, considers Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and to become his heir. Not quite heroine, nor villainess Talia has undoubtedly committed criminal acts; but out of loyalty to her father and not for personal gain. She has also saved Batman’s life or helped him on numerous occasions.

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David Dobkin to Direct The Flash

David Dobkin directs The Flash

We all knew from the beginning that Warner Bros planned to use the Justice League of America movie to spin-off a few new DC superhero movie projects. Or at least that is the plan. Earlier this year, before all this JLA craziness, Night at the Museum helmer Shawn Levy signed on to make a movie based on The Flash. But Levy had to leave the project for undisclosed reasons. I mean, the guy has like seven other projects in development as a director (and a few others as producer), so it’s likely that time became an issue.

The big news tonight is that Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus director David Dobkin has signed on with Warner Bros to make the project. Dobkin told MTV that his Flash movie will be set in the same universe as the Justice League of America movie, and will follow the Wally West incarnation of the character. Both Wally West and Barry Allen are said to be heavily featured in the Justice League movie, which means that whomever signs on to play The Flash, is also gunning for this solo project. It should also be noted that Ryan Reynolds has publicly expressed interest in the role if the new script’s incarnation was Wally West.

This new bit also fits with rumors that the JLA film opens with the funeral of Barry Allen. Allen was the second Flash (1956-1986), preceding his nephew (by marriage) Wally West. The fact that Warner Bros has hired another director for the project before JLA goes into production, suggests to me that they want to strike quickly on a solo project, while the iron is hot. Asked about his vision for the Flash, Dobkin teased a somewhat melancholy tagline: “You can’t outrun yourself.”

But is the guy who made Wedding Crashers and Shanghai Knights the right guy to make this superhero movie? I’m still not sure George Miller is the right guy to make Justice League…

Teresa Palmer is Wonder Woman?

Teresa Palmer as Wonder Woman

The big news today is the supposed casting of Wonder Woman in the big screen Justice League movie. Moviehole claims that Teresa Palmer may have scored the role. Yes, she’s blonde, but hair can always be dyed. They wouldn’t make Wonder Woman blonde would they? A couple weeks ago we mentioned that Palmer was part of a group of actresses who had auditioned for George Miller during the marathon casting sessions in Hollywood.

Age 21 years of age, Palmer is the youngest of the bunch of Wonder Woman hopefuls. Her publicity materials list her as 5′ 5¾”, which is considerably shorter Amazon character who is known for her curvaceous long legs. The modern day character is 6′3″ while the older version was much shorter (5′11″ was “amazonian” height for a woman in the 1960′s). Palmer starred in December Boys and The Grudge 2.

Again, this casting has not been 100% confirmed by the studio. But looking over the past hopefuls for the role worries me a bit. Does Warner Bros have any idea what they are doing with this film? It’s beginning to look a lot like the JJ Abrams Star Trek casting, young actors with little to no name value.

Rumor Killer: Rupert Evans NOT Superman

Evans

Yesterday a rumor circulated around the internet that British actor Rupert Evans might have been hired to play Superman in the new Justice League of America movie. It seemed very suspicious to us, and we even questioned the rumor based on the actor’s physical height, being a key reason to why he could not play the Man of Steel. Thankfully IESB has been able to confirm this rumor as bunk. Not only that, his UK management revealed that Evans didn’t even try out for the role. So there you have it. I’m sure we might hear who has cast as Superman in the next month.

Casting Rupert Evans as Superman in Justice League?

Who will play Superman in the new Justice League of America Movie? Our friends at Dark Horizons are now reporting a rumor that Rupert Evans might have nabbed the role in a London SoHo casting session three weeks ago.

The 30-year-old British actor is best known as rookie agent John Myers in Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy, although he has appeared in a few television movies and appeared in a couple tv guest spots. Evans graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and also has a background in theatre. His publicity materials list him as 5’10”, which is almost a half-foot shorter than the character’s traditional height. Brandon Routh is 6’3” and Christopher Reeve was 6’4”. He seems like a bad choice from where I’m sitting.

George Miller Casts Justice League of America

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After months of rumors, George Miller is currently hard at work casting Justice League of America. Miller has been in Los Angeles since Saturday, auditioning a lot of young actors in a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues through Monday. And by young actors, I mean YOUNG ACTORS. This is starting to look more like a Teen Titans movie.

Apparently, Miller wants actors who will be able to grow into their roles over the course of several movies. Did you read that? SEVERAL MOVIES. Until now it has been highly reported that Warner Bros wanted to use this team-up film as a launching pad for eventual single super-hero franchises. It appears that might be the long term plans, but Miller is looking to do more than one JLA movie.

According to Hollywood Reporter, 35 to 40 actors are set to test for Justice League, including: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Joseph Cross (Running With Scissors), D.J. Cotrona (Windfall), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse), Michael Angarano (Sky High), Teresa Palmer (Wolf Creek), Max Thieriot (Jumper), rapper Common, Friday Night Lights stars Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter. According to the report, the test included no costumes, and script pages.

Miller should be making some tough decisions by mid-week, which means we’ll be finding out the casting of f Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter probably by month’s end.

More Justice League Plot Details

JLA

Entertainment Weekly has gotten their hands on some Justice League Script details. They have confirmed that all seven original members of the Justice League are featured (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter). But this is something we’ve already known thanks to a previous leak report. But here is the real shocker, EW claims that the movie is “an origins story about the superhero conglomerate” while our previous report led me to believe that the story began years after the JLA had already formed.

The plot revolves around villainous businessman Maxwell Lord and involves cyborgs called OMACs (One-Man Army Corps), who can take over humans and turn them into killing machines. There are epic battles between Superman and Batman, as well as Superman and Wonder Woman.

The magazine also offers a character breakdown, but nothing new is revealed here.

Jessica Biel is No Wonder Woman

Jessica Biel

 Jessica Biel will not be playing Wonder Woman in the Justice League of America Movie after all. Earlier this week it was first reported that Biel was officially in talks for the role. But now Entertainment Weekly reports that Biel has officially passed on the role. Comic Book fans around the world rejoice! May-be now they’ll find a good actress, whose body and stature more suits the role.

It should also be noted that earlier this week, it was also reported that Australian actress Victoria Hill had recently auditioned for the role. If you can’t find a better actress with name value, Hill seems perfectly fit for the super amazon role.

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