Basically I've just been throwing around the thought of a new Batman television series, that I initially began thinking of as an animated series to match the old 'Batman: The Animated Series' intensity and grittiness, and bring life back to what animated series used to be. I then just thought what if we got a live action Batman series? So I've been picking it apart in my mind and coming up with a fantasy cast, and thinking up plots, and story points and such. So if nobody minds I'd like to put my cast idea out there to maybe get some thoughts on it, and suggestions, I would love suggestions for changes and such. I'm also really just using Imdb to store my cast. Lol, now keep in mind this is a fictional cast, so some casting may seem out there with big names, but I don't think I've really chosen anyone too 'A-List' or anything.
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school...
“ As Batman/Bruce Wayne.
I initially decided on Christian Bale but changed my mind finding it would be better for a fresh Batman, and Bale probably wouldn't fit my adaptation of a slightly older Batman. Karl Urban just has that ominous feel to him, and that clean cut but dangerous look that Bruce Wayne is supposed to have. After watching what he did with his character in Priest it just made him feel even better for this role.
I felt the need to Google search "Karl Urban - Batman" and found out NBC is/was possibly planning a Batman Television series of their own starring Karl Urban? That's pretty sweet, but didn't influence my decision at all. ” - davidneville
“ As Robin/Dick Greyson.
Watching the old animated series and reading up on the history and such I had to include Robin. It's also the reason I wanted a slightly older Batman then Bale's version. Rider Strong may not be the youngest at 31, but it's meant to be a Chris O'Donnell version not a "Boy Wonder" approach. I originally looked for a younger Robin and I'm not totally set on Rider as Robin yet, but want him to be in somehow.
I love the guy, and he still has so much to offer but doesn't seem to get big parts or anything these days. He also just has that feel of a good, mature, dark Robin. ” - davidneville
Knudsen has appeared in several movies and guest appearances, mostly in Canada. In 2003, he started playing the lead role, "Donovan MacKay", in the children's comedy series, Mental Block. He also starred in Saw II as Daniel Matthews and as Dale Turner in Jericho, which premiered in September of 2006...
“ As Robin/Dick Greyson.
My alternate approach would be to make Robin a real young guy, Eric Knudsen impressed me on the now defunct show 'Jericho', but I have to admit I'm iffy on him as Robin myself. Someone like him maybe? ” - davidneville
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Simon Timothy Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
“ As Commissioner James Gordon.
Tim Roth is obviously an amazing actor, he's also aged enough that he would make a good Gordon. Someone who is intelligent and such, that's Gordon, and that's Roth. ” - davidneville
“ As Commissioner James Gordon.
When this guy has a mustache you'll see what I mean, he's got that wise yet badass Gordon look. ” - davidneville
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed
, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
“ As Batgirl/Barbara Gordon.
Barbara Gordon needs to be someone cute, and that's Mary Elizabeth Winstead. <3 Winstead is an amazing actress, and can kick ass as she proved a bit in Scott Pilgrim, and is going to really prove in the remake (or is it meant to be a prequel?) of The Thing, so she fits this role I believe. ” - davidneville
Michael Caine is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964)...
“ As Alfred.
Michael Cane is already the perfect Alfred. I'm sure he would reprise the role in a silver screen version. It's hard to imagine anyone else aside from Michael Gough who I would probably have said if he were still with us (RIP) ” - davidneville
“ As The Joker.
My version would be much different then the now legendary Heath Ledger version, and Azaria has that crazy look down, and he's a great actor to boot!
The way I would use The Joker would be have the series start off with Batman causing Joker to have a fatal accident, thinking he had accidentally killed a goon, but really he would have just brought to life a maniacal villain! We would throw away the past history of Batman and Joker and start a new as Joker slowly rises ready to take on the Bat through out the series (or at least season 1) ” - davidneville
Alison Brie was born in Hollywood, California, to Joanne (Brenner), who worked at a non-profit child care agency, and Charles Terry Schermerhorn, a musician and entertainment reporter. Her mother is Jewish and her father has Scottish, Dutch, English, German, and Norwegian ancestry. Brie grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena...
“ As Harley Quinn.
She has that innocent look to her much like some may see Harley, but I believe Brie could also be sinister in a sense. Also I love her. ” - davidneville
Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson
's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred
and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animated television series TRON: Uprising
“ As The Riddler.
Look at the guy, he may be young, but is Riddler's has Riddlers age ever really been important? He just has a crazy look to him, and I doubt he would work as Joker so Riddler is perfect! He's also just a really amazing actor, and I'd love to see how he would make The Riddler work. Wouldn't you rather him to Jim Carrey? ” - davidneville
Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973, but had no interest...
“ As Dr. Hugo Strange.
Look at this guy, he has the PERFECT look for the good doctor! I don't know if his acting fits, but his look is what drew me to pick him in all honesty. ” - davidneville
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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. 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 Two Face.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, he's an amazing actor, and maybe a bit of a stretch for Two Face, but that's what I like about it! He would make for a totally different take on the classic (and probably one of the greatest ever) comic book villain! ” - davidneville
Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice guy roles in Field of Dreams
and Operation Dumbo Drop
, you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream of work, completing multiple projects per year...
“ As Tony Zucco.
One of my favorite actors of all time, but not really someone that's starring in all the big movies these days so I think he would be good for a series. He''s always been great for those mob-esq roles, and Gotham has a lot of those characters. Maybe the most prominent being Tony Zucco, the man that killed Robin's parents and would play a vital role in my creation. ” - davidneville
Mark Hamill is an American actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy - Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) - a role he reprise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)...
“ As Mayor Rupert Thorn.
Mark Hamill isn't doing much these days, is he? Mayor Rupert Thorn is one of the more interesting unexplored characters in Batman history, he's a corrupt politician, and would ban the Bat. I would love to just see this character more explored. Not to mention it would be amazing to have Mark Hamill apart of this project because of his past relations to Batman on TV, and this role would likely have him interact with The Joker whom he once voiced. ” - davidneville