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 current comics, Future Quest, written by Jeff Parker with art by Doc Shaner and a number of guest artists. If you don't already know, Future Quest is a timespace-spanning epic that unites characters from a wide variety of classic Hanna-Barbera adventure cartoons, including Jonny Quest, Birdman, Space Ghost, and many more.
In fact, it's so big that I simply don't have the space to cast all the characters. I wish I could cast the Herculoids, but I'll just have to come back to them another time. And characters we've barely met in the first four issues, like the Galaxy Trio and the Impossible, will have to wait as well.
Because of the scale of this story, this movie would be the perfect set-up to start a Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. Once you do Future Quest, you can spin-off Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, and so on into solo films. If DC is going to insist on aiming its own heroes at grownups, this would be the perfect franchise of superhero movies for families and kids.
Sean Giambrone as Jonny Quest
Giambrone brings comedic experience that will infuse a young adventurer like Jonny with charisma.
Neel Sethi as Hadji
Sethi is already a bit older than he was when the recent Jungle Book was filmed, in which he showed a lot of promise.
Christopher Meloni as Race Bannon
He'll need a white wig, obviously, but if you know Meloni you know he plays a great badass.
Sean Bean as Benton Quest
Anytime you can give Sean Bean a role where he doesn't die, you should. And he's a perfect Adventure Dad.
Armie Hammer as Birdman
Hammer has that superheroic look, and a sincerity that might make you believe it when he says he flies for the glory of Ra.
Priyanka Chopra as Deva Sumadi
Sumadi is a secret agent who originated in this series, but she's already memorable, and Chopra is perfect to bring her to life.
Caleb McLaughlin as Ty
I just want to put the young cast of Stranger Things in everything these days. And I will.
Matt Damon as Space Ghost
Space Ghost is himself a version of the weary warrior that Damon has played so many times. Plus why should he let his best buddy Ben Affleck leave him behind in the black-cowled superhero department.
Angourie Rice as Jan
Rice was great in The Nice Guys. If I was looking for a teenager to pilot a space ship, she'd be at the top of my list.
Daniel Dae Kim as Dr. Zin
Kim is a genre veteran, and he'll look cool with his head shaved.
Gaten Matarazzo as Dino Boy
Like I said, I can't get enough of those Stranger Things kids, and Matarazzo will look perfect riding a dinosaur.
Bo Dallas as Ug
Dallas isn't being used to his full potential as a wrestler, and I imagine if you offered him the chance to play a friendly caveman, he'd take it.