Cast Party: Who Should Star In An ‘Astro City’ TV Series?
Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
This week we're turning to Astro City, the superhero meta-epic created by Kurt Busiek with artists Alex Ross and Brent Anderson. It originally launched at Image Comics way back in 1995, and now lives on at Vertigo.
Astro City contains a vast population of superheroes, many of whom resemble those at DC and Marvel, but Busiek uses them to tell stories that could never happen in those corporate-owned continuities. And one of the things that sets Astro City apart is that it often zooms in on non-super characters and shows how their lives are affected by the battles going on in the sky.
Astro City would work best as a big budget semi-anthology TV series. The superheroes would have recurring roles, but each episode would focus on a different character, whether it's one of them or one of the regular citizens. With that in mind, I've focused on a few of the earliest stories, with room to cast more down the road.
Collins has that heroic look that you need to play this sort of hero, but he's a little more idiosyncratic than the kinds of actors who play Superman. Not that there's any reason to compare Samaritan to Superman.
Hodge is an actor with tons of untapped potential, and enough charisma to play Jack-in-the-Box, that rare hero who is clown-themed without being irritating or terrifying.
Beharie's another actor who needs more to do, and she'll be great as Jack-in-the-Box's news anchor wife.
Goggins is just the guy to bring to life the unremarkable criminal who stumbles upon Jack-in-the-Box's real name.
Ularu would be perfect to guide us through Shadow Hill, the literally haunted section of town populated by Eastern European immigrants. (And the dead.)
It would be a shame to cover Hawkes' fantastic face, so my pitch would be to give him a thin layer of makeup so we can see his features, but they appear to be made of burlap.
Shahi certainly has the looks and bearing to play Astro City's equivalent of Wonder Woman, and what she lacks in height will be balanced out by an impressive set of wings.
If you're casting an old man who is really an alien scout, why go halfway? Hurt will bring so much to this role.
I've largely moved away from the gimmick of including a wrestler in ever one of these columns. But when looking for muscular, hairy-chested, mustachioed jackass Crackerjack, how could I not choose Joey Ryan?
Beaver was born to play troubled everyman characters like Steeljack, and his craggy face will look fascinated with a metallic sheen.
West is a versatile actor who can do action and drama, and he'll make a great vampire superhero. Also, if you give him white hair, he'll look exactly like the Confessor.
I'm not casting him just for the hair. But I'm not not casting him for the hair.