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 looking at another show that's actually in production, and imagining what it could look like. It's been a while since there was an update about the television series based on Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colon's Damage Control, but the three original miniseries just recently showed up on Marvel Unlimited, providing easy access to revisit one of my favorite concepts from my early comics-reading days.
For those who may not know, Damage Control is a company in the Marvel Universe that cleans up after big superhero battles. When there's a 20-foot-tall robot that's had its head crushed by Thor, but it's still embedded in the outside of your office building, Damage Control is who you call. As the first miniseries begins, handsome executive John Porter has just joined the company. Everyone's skeptical of him at first, but he turns out to have a special skill at finding simple solutions to outlandish problems. And while he proves himself, he also gets to know the rest of the main staff, who are pretty outlandish themselves.
Jason Sudeikis as John Porter
Sudeikis has the looks and comedic skill to be the center of this show, and could actually make a character who's accidentally drawn to look like Patrick Bateman into someone likable.
Kate McKinnon as Robin Chapel
McKinnon is a comedic genius, and she could make the character of Robin into something truly special.
Kathy Bates as Ann-Marie Hoag
Bates is a legend, and she can really embody the quiet authority of Damage Control's owner.
Jeffrey Wright as Albert Cleary
My favorite issue of Damage Control is the one where Albert goes to collect a payment from Dr. Doom, and everyone's afraid he'll die, but then he gets offered a job. Wright can play the sort of competence that makes that believable.
Steven Van Zandt as Lenny Ballinger
Van Zandt's acting has mostly been limited to over-the-top mafia characters, but I think he'd do great as the more down-to-Earth working class Lenny. We'll just have to get him a less ridiculous wig.
Judah Friedlander as Gene Strausser
Gene's a nerd who dresses weird on purpose and makes people uncomfortable with his strange ideas. Friedlander lives for these kinds of roles.
Caleb Landry Jones as Bart Rozum
I'm not sure Jones has done much comedy, but he's got a great face for reaction shots, which is Bart's main thing a lot of the time.
Genesis Rodriguez as Anne
Anne's the receptionist whose relationship with the company is such that nobody even knows her last name. Rodriguez has the glamour to pull her off, and maybe we can add a little more depth along the way.
Tony Hale as Henry Ackerdson
Ackerdson is noteworthy as the guy who once tried to make the whole company dress like superheroes. Hale has built a career playing weirdos with terrible ideas.