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, Cast Party is going vintage. There have been movies about superheroes in World War II, but we haven't really seen a full live-action super-team in that era. While they may not be quite as historically important as the Justice Society, the Freedom Fighters, consisting of Quality Comics heroes who are now owned by DC, embody that era like no other team.
The story will be loosely based on their origin, as told in the pages of All-Star Squadron by Roy Thomas and Rick Hoberg. We'll cut out the stuff about alternate Earths, and depict a team of heroes who decide the only thing to do is to head off to the battlefront and aid in the war effort, whether the military wants them to or not (and they don't). Obviously, the movie will be directed by Joe Johnston, who made the two greatest WWII super-hero movies (and two of the best in any setting), The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Jeff Bridges as Uncle Sam
More than just a costumed hero, Uncle Sam is the spirit of America. You'd think that might make him a big jerk, but in fact he's a hero who's just a little crusty. Jeff Bridges has played his share of heroes, and he gets crustier every year.
Maggie Q as Phantom Lady
Let's be honest, Phantom Lady's most famous for her skimpy costume. I'm not sure how you'd pull that off in a movie, but if anyone can make it work while still being an action star, it's Maggie Q.
Zachary Quinto as Black Condor
Whoever plays Black Condor has to be believable as a US Senator (his alter ego), and also comfortable flying around in his underwear with glider-wings glued to his armpits. Quinto's almost certainly up for that.
John Boyega as the Ray
We all want to see this guy in more movies, right? On this team, the Ray's the charismatic hero who everyone likes. That's definitely something Boyega can handle.
Alison Brie as Miss America
Miss America's is an odd hero with a generic name and costume paired with pretty weird transmutation powers (basically the same as Firestorm's but forty years earlier). In any case, Brie is such a delight she can add a lot to the movie just by being there.
Rashida Jones as Firebrand
Yes, I know, this is the wrong Firebrand. It was her brother, the original Firebrand, who was a Freedom Fighter. But Danette is obviously the better Firebrand, and of course it helps the gender ratio if she replaces him. Plus this way we get to have Rashida Jones in the movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Doll Man
Of course Gordon-Levitt should play Doll Man. He's just such a doll, man.
Sin Cara as the Human Bomb
You never see the Human Bomb's face, and his superpower is to blow himself up. This is seriously the role Sin Cara was born to play.
Eddie Redmayne as the Red Bee
I don't love all the things Redmayne has done recently, but when I look at his face, I see the sort of man who would train a bee to help him fight crime.
Christoph Waltz as Baron Blitzkrieg
I know getting typecast as a Nazi villain can still be a problem for German actors, but Waltz was so good at it in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and this time he'll be wearing an Iron Man mask, which might alleviate the problem a little.