A group of comic artists including The Kitchen's Ming Doyle (artist site), Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's Erica Henderson (artist site), Howard the Duck's Joe Quinones, (artist site) and Where Is Jake Ellis's Jordan Gibson (artist site) recently came together to brainstorm and illustrate some of their favorite celebrities for #DCBend, a Tumblr-based fancast of the heroes and villains of the DCU with women in male roles and men in female roles.

After unanimously agreeing that Sigourney Weaver would be a fitting 'Rule 63' Bruce Wayne -- following a group viewing of Aliens no less -- the artists quickly started casting the likes of Helen Mirren, Jennifer Connelly, and Tilda Swinton as DC's finest. (Your correspondent was also at the screening, and -- full disclosure -- is dating Gibson.) The DCBend gallery has rapidly expanded with contributions from other artists, and portraits of David Bowie as Poison Ivy, Lupita Nyong'o as Martian Manhunter, and Bea Arthur as Slam Bradley.

While the concept of gender-swapped casting and fan art for comic movies is not a new one, DCBend has lead to some really inspired choices by some of the rising stars of comics. Check out the entire gallery, including some that are debuting for the first time on ComicsAlliance.


Sigourney Weaver as Bruce Wayne, by Ming Doyle


Winona Ryder as Dick Grayson, by Ming Doyle


Helen Mirren as Commissioner Gordon, by Jordan Gibson


Geena Davis as The Joker, by Ming Doyle


Tilda Swinton as Mister Freeze, by Erica Henderson


Tilda Swinton as Mister Freeze, by Jason Margos


Rachel Weisz as Two-Face, by Joe Quinones


David Bowie as Poison Ivy, by Erica Henderson


David Bowie, Iggy Pop, & Lou Reed as Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, & Catwoman, by Lauren Moran


Joan Chen as Ra's Al Ghul, by Erica Henderson


Rooney Mara as Nightwing, by Stephen Morrow


Aubrey Plaza as Damian Wayne, by Lauren Moran


Daniel Henney as Cassandra Cain, by Erica Henderson


Jennifer Connelly as Clark Kent, by Joe Quinones


Winona Ryder as Superboy, by Erica Henderson


Gillian Anderson as Lex Luthor, by Ming Doyle


Matt Bomer as Wonder Woman, by Lauren Moran


Charlize Theron as Aquaman, by Jordan Gibson


Jena Malone as The Flash, by Joe Quinones


Lupita Nyong'o as Martian Manhunter, by Lauren Moran


Ed Asner as Granny Goodness, by Erica Henderson


Janelle Monae as Music Meister, by Jordan Gibson


Gerard Way as Raven, by Lauren Moran


Nicki Minaj as The Creeper, by Jordan Gibson


Bea Arthur as Slam Bradley, by Joe Hunter


Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer as Blue Beetle & Booster Gold, by Randall Trang