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, I'm looking at one of my favorite DC comics of the moment: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye from the Young Animal line. Co-created by Gerard Way, Jon Rivera, and Michael Avon Oeming, it breathes new life into Cave Carson, a Silver Age spelunker who was so forgotten that he was even on a team called the Forgotten Heroes, which you probably also don't remember.
But this book is about Cave and his daughter Chloe, and the trouble they find themselves after Cave's wife dies. Forced literally underground by fungus monsters and private soldiers working for Cave's former employer, their only ally is Jack Wheeler, an old friend of Cave's who's also the hockey masked vigilante known as Wild Dog. We don't know where the story ends yet, but at this point I'm confident it would make a fantastic over-the-top action sci fi film.
Max Martini as Cave Carson
Cave Carson has been through some stuff. Emotional stuff I mean, not just the crust of the Earth. Martini has the look of a weathered hero who might be unstoppable, despite being very very tired.
Britt Robertson as Chloe Carson
Chloe thought she was a normal young woman until she found out she's the heir to subterranean kingdom. Robertson is a young actor on the rise, and that's precisely her wheelhouse.
Jack Wheeler clearly isn't the most stable guy in town, but he has a bunch of really big guns, and he's a loyal friend to Cave. McKidd has an impressive dramatic range, and I think he could do great stuff with the Dog's bananas one-liners.
Michael Pitt as Paul Borsten
Paul is basically a coiled snake in a suit and tie, and Pitt has built his career on that kind of part.
Harry Dean Stanton as Paul's Father
We don't know much about this guy's deal yet, and I don't want to give away everything we do know in case you're not caught up. But he's old and very creepy, and genre veteran Stanton will be great in the part.
Shawn Ashmore as Johnny Blake
Blake has that stereotypically "heroic" look, but it doesn't seem like that's in the cards for him. Former Iceman Ashmore has that look too, and it never worked out so great for him either.
Ace is still largely mysterious, but Tee's always a good guy to have around.
Daniel is Chloe's boyfriend, who's probably still alive but wasn't worth much to begin with. Sulkin is just generic enough for the part.
Cave's wife and Chloe's mom, Mazra is dead, but continues to appear via memories and possible hallucinations. I trust Maestro to make an impression with limited screen time.