Cast Party: Who Should Star in a ‘Namor, the Submariner’ Movie?
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.
Just last week, news emerged that the movie rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner may have reverted to Marvel Studios, so this seems like the perfect time to imagine what a Sub-Mariner movie might look like. It should play up the contrast between Namor's two worlds. Under the waves is a realm of the fantastic, while a world much like our own exists on land.
The plot will center on Prince Namor discovering a sinister alliance between exiled Atlantean Warlord Krang and the opportunistic land-dwelling scientist Dr. Lemuel Dorcas. Knowing that Hollywood likes to go with the classic version of superheroes, I've modeled this adaptation after Namor's Silver Age solo title, written by Roy Thomas, with art by John Buscema, Marie Severin, and a few others along the way.
Dale looks about as much like Namor as anybody could, and he has the charisma (and let's be honest, the body) to carry this movie.
Harris is a magnetic presence in the recent Bond movies, and I think she has what it takes to play a glamorous Atlantean.
Braugher would make a great villain, and he might even have the gravitas to look menacing even with a fishbowl on his head. Of course, we might have to change the character's name, in light of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Neeson would have great fun with such an old school mad scientist role. Even one whose name sounds like a Nelson Muntz insult.
Tiger Shark is Dr. Dorcas' greatest creation. Ryback already looks like he was made in a lab.
Just casting Morales as Diane begins to modernize the character, give her a little more agency and make her less weepy.
Clarke rose to fame playing an exiled queen, but this role is very different from that one, and not just because she'll be painted green.
These two will only appear briefly in flashback, but I wanted to have names in the roles. Watanabe will make a great grizzled sailor, while Jovovich similarly embodies the mysterious beauty of Namor's Atlantean mother.