Batman is the A-list hero who translates most naturally to live-action TV. He's a street-level superhero with gadgets and martial arts as his powers, and even most of his iconic rogues are guys in sharp suits. Here are my picks for all the characters who would likely appear in the first two or three seasons.
Jared Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Sherri (Kammer), a teacher of English, and Gerald Padalecki, a tax accountant. He is of Polish (father) and German, English, Scottish, and French (mother) descent. Jared started to take acting lessons when he was 12. Then, he won the "Claim to Fame" Contest in 1999 and got to appear on the Teen Choice awards...
“ as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Padalecki's got it all, the chiseled features, the voice, the presence, the acting chops, and he’s turned in years of dedicated service for the WB. ” - Cyke
“ as Alfred Pennyworth
I love this pick. After almost thirty five years of playing the same robot, it’d be awesome to see him take on another iconic role and nail it immediately. What's more, I think that Alfred (being a retired British operative) should be more George Smiley than James Bond; gentlemanly, mild-mannered and highly perceptive. ” - Cyke
As one of Hollywood's leading men, Bruce Boxleitner has starred in a major motion picture franchise, numerous feature films, several popular television series, produced a major network film and TV series, performed on Broadway, and authored two science fiction novels. Boxleitner received his formal acting training on stage...
“ as Jim Gordon
A lot of fans like Bryan Cranston for the role, but Boxleitner is my pick. He has that aging good guy vibe and loads of built-in geek cred. Plus he’s got a voice aged like fine scotch. ” - Cyke
Michael Mosley has been bringing characters to life in film, television, and on stage for the past decade. Mosley can currently be seen starring on the USA series "Sirens," created by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher. The comedy based on the BBC show of the same name, follows three fast, ball-busting Chicago EMT's whose chief talents are saving lives and self-sabotage...
“ as Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Dent would be another regular for the first part of the series, and when he becomes Two-Face he would be the new Big Bad. He should be a Harrison Ford-type, a guy who can be laid back and dashing one minute and stone-cold badass the next. Mosley fits both surprisingly well. Plus, he was originally one of my picks for Bruce, which is great because the whole "is Harvey Dent Batman?" subplot would definitely come up. ” - Cyke
Lauren Cohan is a British-American actress and model, best known for her role as Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead and recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Chuck. After her film debut Casanova as Sister Beatrice, she starred in the sequel to Van Wilder, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj as Charlotte Higginson in 2006...
“ as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Between "Supernatural", "Chuck", and "Vampire Diaries", Cohan is carving out quite a niche of morally ambiguous bombshells lately. Which is great because Selina should be the Damon Salvatore of a show like this, someone who can't be pegged as a hero or a villain. And she should be a regular character with major development over the course of the series. ” - Cyke
Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor, currently working in the USA, UK and Australia. He was born in Sydney, Australia and ultimately educated at The SCOTS College, wherafter he retains an immunity to - and perhaps even a fondness of - bagpipes. His USA career began in 2009 when Rob Reiner cast him as his romantic lead Bryce in "Flipped"...
“ as Dick Grayson/Robin
It’s hard to avoid teen-heartthrob territory when casting Robin. So I say just embrace it. I’d start Dick Grayson off at about 15 or 16 and go from there. McAuliffe fits the role nicely and played a good not-annoying sidekick in ‘I Am Number Four’. ” - Cyke
“ as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
Batgirl is another character it would be great to develop over time, starting out practically as a background character in the first season and evolving into a full-fledged superhero later on. Quinn is simply radiant on “Castle” and it’s fun to imagine that type of character eventually delving into some extracurricular badassery. ” - Cyke
“ as Lucius Fox
Lucius would probably appear frequently on a prime-time show, and I can easily buy my favorite actor from "The Wire" as a man with history with Bruce Wayne. ” - Cyke
David Morse, a 6' 4" tall blue-eyed blond who performed on stage for 10 years before breaking into film, became established as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead. He was born the first of four children of Charles, a sales manager, and Jacquelyn Morse, a schoolteacher, on October 11...
“ as Carmine "The Roman" Falcone
Morse is a towering presence who barely needs to raise his voice to sound intimidating. Perfect for an old-fashioned crime boss. Taking many cues from "Year One" and "Long Halloween", Falcone would be the show's first overarching Big Bad, until his empire is toppled by the freaks like Joker and Two-Face. ” - Cyke
Autumn Reeser is an American actress who was born on September 21, 1980 in La Jolla, California, USA. She is the daughter of Kim and Tom Reeser, and older sister of Melissa. She was raised in Carlsbad and Oceanside, and performed in numerous musicals with the Carlsbad Youth Theater from the ages of six to seventeen...
“ as Vicki Vale
It’s time to bring back Vicki Vale. The idea of a reporter trying to get the scoop on the Dark Knight is good meat for a prime time series. Reeser was by far the best thing about the lackluster “No Ordinary Family”, which is important for a character as potentially annoying as Vicki. ” - Cyke
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on ABC's smash hit series, Grey's Anatomy
. His dramatic arc as heart patient "Denny Duquette", who wins the heart of intern "Izzie Stevens" (Katherine Heigl
) in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had recurring roles on The CW and Warner Bros...
“ as Slam Bradley
Morgan would be fantastic as everyone’s favorite badass over-the-hill PI. ” - Cyke
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
“ as Officer/Det. Renee Montoya
Anyone who kicks the crap out of Halle Berry is all right in my book. And she’s Dominican too! How sweet is that! ” - Cyke
“ as Det. Harvey Bullock
Williams is perfect. He’s already a DC fan (he’s even acted in a couple of their DTVs) and he fills out the role as the gruff, abrasive detective. ” - Cyke
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ as Leslie Thompkins
She’s 78? Seriously? Anyhow, Leslie would fulfill an emotional and moral counterpoint for Bruce similar to Rachel Dawes in the movies, but more maternal and less love-interest-y. And you can’t aim much higher than an Oscar-nominee like Burstyn. ” - Cyke
Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant in Emmett, Idaho, to Darla (Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a retired Baptist minister. While growing up, Paul took part in church programs, and performed in plays. He attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. It was there, in eighth grade, that Aaron decided he wanted to become an actor...
“ as The Joker
To play the Clown Prince of Crime, you need a great actor with good comedic timing and a lot of range. Paul is constantly amazing on “Breaking Bad”, often funny and captivating at the same time. ” - Cyke
“ as Harley Quinn
Harley is the kind of juicy role that I think a lot of young actresses would try to land. Rose McIver has the physical prowess covered and has far more range than one might expect from a former Power Ranger. ” - Cyke
“ as Oswald Copplepot/The Penguin
Garson’s a great character actor and plays a fantastic likeable lowlife on “White Collar”. He’d be a perfect fit for a strangely charming scumsmear like Penguin. ” - Cyke
“ Edward Nygma/The Riddler
Callis is great with the smug insufferable magnificent bastard that a live-action Riddler would likely be. The TAS version would be the perfect approach to the character, plus longer prime-time episodes would mean more wiggle room for the really crazy plots TAS couldn’t pull off. ” - Cyke
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III
, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood
, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood
, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV
, who has also acted...
“ as Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy
Skewing a bit young with Ivy, but ERW is such a wonderfully nuanced actress yet still knows when to camp it up and bring the crazy. ” - Cyke
“ as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow
There are a lot of actors who could pull off Crane (who could appear on several episodes before becoming Scarecrow), but I really like Pellegrino for the role. He's really cornering the market on soft-spoken dead-eyed creeps. ” - Cyke
Tobin Bell is an American actor with a career in film, television and theater spanning three decades. He was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Mass. His mother is the British actress Eileen Bell. He is perhaps best known for his role as the iconic villain "Jigsaw" in the Saw film series...
“ as Mr. Freeze
The role may be a tad physical for a guy his age, but good God that voice. Say whatever you want about the ‘Saw’ movies, but can you imagine that Jigsaw voice topped off with some freaky Darth Vader robotics? ” - Cyke
“ as Killer Croc
Croc is one of the trickier rogues to pull off in live action (especially on a TV budget), but Durand’s hulking frame and creepy demeanor would get them more than half-way there. ” - Cyke
Jared Francis Harris was born in London, England. He is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris
and Welsh actress Elizabeth Harris (Elizabeth Rees
), and brother of Damian Harris
and Jamie Harris
. Despite his lineage, Jared showed little interest in becoming an actor, until he was cast in a college production while attending North Carolina's Duke University (USA)...
“ as Dr. Hugo Strange
Strange only appeared once on TAS but seems better suited to make his mark on a live-action show. Harris did a great evil scientist shtick on “Fringe” and 'Sherlock Holmes 2'. ” - Cyke
“ as Jervis Tetch/The Mad Hatter
Another English character actor; he’s got the look for whatever iteration the show would do, though I wonder how well he could pull of the lovelorn ex-labgeek version from TAS. ” - Cyke
Colin Andrew Mochrie was on born Nov. 30, 1957, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. His father, an airline maintenance executive, moved the family to Montreal, Canada, in 1964, and finally to Vancouver in 1969. When asked about his childhood, he said he tended to be a bit of a loner because of moving around so much...
“ as The Ventriloquist
Not sure about his ventriloquism skills, but the “Whose Line” veteran has the right look and comedy chops to pull of one of Batman’s more oddball rogues. ” - Cyke
Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo
. Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong...
“ as Ra's Al Ghul
This one needs star power. On a TV show, he’s the kind of villain that they would build up to for a long time before we finally see him, much like Darkseid on “Smallville”. When we DO see him, he has to exude menace and authority from the moment he walks in.
In addition, Ra's is the most race-liftable villain in the Batman canon, so there's a wide range of well-known actors who could pull him off. I picked Chow Yun-Fat because he fits best with my pick for Talia. ” - Cyke
Lachman is of Australian and Tibetan descent. She was born in Kathmandu and lived in Nepal until she was 7 and then soon after her family moved to Adelaide, Australia. In 2005, Lachman joined the cast of the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours
as nurse Katya Kinski. She originally auditioned for the part of Elle Robinson...
“ as Talia Al Ghul
If we’re gonna play race-lift for Ra’s, it’s only fair we do it for Talia as well. I've loved Dichen Lachman in just about everything, and she could strike a good Bond-girl vibe for a character like Talia. ” - Cyke
Raised in Los Angeles of French-American descent, Tania Raymonde began her career on "Malcolm in the Middle" and is best known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series LOST. She most recently played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature...
“ as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress
The last three are bonus picks, as they probably wouldn't appear until well into the series. ” - Cyke
Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family moved to Hawaii and settled in Mililani...
“ as Lady Shiva ” - Cyke
Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah was born in 1985, in Brooklyn, New York, from Irish and German heritage. She took acting, piano and dance classes. She went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute and graduated from the BFA program at the USC School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. Deborah started to work as an actress on television and her breakout was in the highly-acclaimed HBO vampire drama...
“ as Kate Kane/Batwoman ” - Cyke