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 returning to Jack Kirby‘s Fourth World, for a movie based on one of the King's most successful DC Comics creations, Mister Miracle.
This movie would be the second in a series that started with the New Gods movie I described a couple of months ago. Andy and Lana Wachowski would return to direct, and quite a bit of the cast would come back as well. Scott Free and Barda, supporting characters in the New Gods movie, will obviously be the stars for this outing. Darkseid and Granny Goodness will return as villains, but this time they'll be joined by weirdos like Kanto and Virman Vundabar.
The most exciting characters for me (much as they were in the comic) are the Female Furies. Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet, and Stompa are powerful female warriors who are sent by Darkseid to assassinate their former commander, Big Barda. But just as Scott helped Barda turn against Darkseid, Barda in turn changes their outlook, and they become allies. In a world where one or two good female characters in a superhero movie feels like a win, can you imagine seeing a team like the Female Furies on screen? Of course, we'd probably want to just call them the Furies.
A slightly taller and somewhat rounder Oberon to be sure, but I'd be interested to see Devito play a moral, likable character, which is outside of his usual wheelhouse.
Helena Bonham Carter as Bernadeth
Carter has made a career of playing weird and disturbed characters, so she's ideal for Desaad's little sister.
Alexandra Daddario as Lashina
I think it's important that Lashina be played by an especially beautiful actress, and equally important that those straps never come off of her face, no matter how much viewers want to see her without them.
Taryn Manning as Mad Harriet
I'd understand if Manning is concerned about being typecast after Orange as the New Black, but the truth is she's always been great at this sort of role.
Tamina Snuka as Stompa
If you've seen her work in WWE, you know that Tamina's specialty isn't wrestling; it's standing behind her allies and looking intimidating, and also making great reaction faces without having many lines. She's basically already Stompa.
Darrell Hammond as Funky Flashman
Hammond's our greatest living impressionist, and it's important that Flashman reminds every single viewer of Stan Lee without using any of his legally actionable catch phrases.
Michael K. Williams as Doctor Bedlam
This is a left-field choice, I admit. But just picture a faceless metal droid morphing into Williams, and then he smiles menacingly.
Udo Kier as Virman Vundabar
The only way to keep Vundabar from being a complete joke is to cast someone who can play the part with his own face and accent.
Aidan Gillen as Kanto
Kanto's a foppish dandy who's also an intimidating, dangerous assassin. That's not the same part Gillen plays on Game of Thrones, but I think it uses a similar skillset.
Shameik Moore as Shilo Norman
Moore's got a bright future after his star turn in Dope, but hopefully he can find the time to play Scott Free's protegé, and eventually the second Mister Miracle.