Cast any actor from any era for your dream Batman cast.

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Aragorn, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Shazam!

    Shazam! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 22, 2006
    That's a nightmare cast.
  2. Finnegan

    Finnegan Captain Captain

    Nov 7, 2008
    Batman/Bruce Wayne = Patrick Swayze
    Joker = Johnny Depp
    Egghead = Telly Savalis/Yul Brenner
    Catwoman = Angelina Jolie
    Commish Gordon = Carol O'Connor
    Riddler = Steve Buscemi
    Alfred = Patrick Stewart
    Harvet Dent/Two Face = Brad Pitt
    Scarecrow = Iggy Pop
  3. Admiral_Young

    Admiral_Young Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 27, 2002
    I'm changing my choice for Riddler from Johnny Depp to Brad Dourif (Grima Wormtongue, Ensign Sudor in Voyager). I think he'd make a great, creepy Riddler.
  4. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    I'm not very familiar with all the characters, but for the ones I know...

    Batman - Gregory Peck
    Robin - an adolescent Dean Stockwell
    Batgirl - Sally Field, circa The Flying Nun
    Alfred - Dick Powell
    Commissioner Gordon - Burt Lancaster

    The Joker - Henry Fonda, in villanous spaghetti-western mode
    The Penguin - W.C. Fields, seconded :D
    Catwoman - Josephine Baker
    The Riddler - Sterling Hayden
    Mr. Freeze - Marlon Brando
    The Scarecrow - Ray Bolger is hard to beat, but how about Jimmy Stewart?
    Poison Ivy - Joan Crawford and Bette Davis can fight over the role
    Harley Quinn - Natalie Wood
    Ra's Al Ghul - Jose Ferrer
  5. The Fatman

    The Fatman Captain Captain

    Sep 2, 2001
    Buffalo, NY
    For me, with the possible exception of Christian Bale, everyone in the Nolan-verse movies have essentially seared themselves into my mind as the iconic representations of the characters, so I won't even bother listing those characters.

    Tim Drake - I can't think of anyone better, so I'm OK with River Phoenix
    Dick Grayson - Here's where I expect to hear some guff. Disregarding skin color, I think a young Will Smith would be perfect for Dick.
    Jason Todd - Joaquin Phoenix
    Barbara Gordon - I keep going back to Dina Meyer. I'm having a hard time thinking of someone better...

    Catwoman - Angelina Jolie
    Mr. Freeze - Leonard Nimoy
    Riddler - Bob Hope
    Harley Quinn - Jenny McCarthy as a live-action version of the cartoon, but as someone young, beautiful, and talented who could have played a great Harley opposite Heath? Scarlett Johansson.
    Penguin - no one... ever... will come close to Burgess Meredith. Although, I will say those Philip Seymour Hoffman rumors aren't terribly upsetting.
  6. DigificWriter

    DigificWriter Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 20, 2001
    West Haven, UT, USA
    My dream scenario would be to see Christopher Nolan sort of pay homage to two of the four previous Batman films by bringing in Danny DeVito and Jim Carrey to play slightly toned-down versions of the Batman characters (The Penguin and The Riddler, respectively) that they portrayed in Batman Returns and Batman Forever, although something that I think would be even more awesome than that would be to see the iconic Burgess Merideth and Frank Gorshin bring to life variations on Carrey and DeVito's versions of the characters, either in a more serious take on the mythos of the old TV show, or within the context of Nolan's universe. Heck, it would be awesome to see Merideth and Gorshin bring their old 60s' TV series personas to life within the context of Nolan's universe.
  7. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    Some of them aren't ideal, but I think they mostly capture the look and spirit of the characters.

    Here's my list again with how I feel about my own casting...

    Batman - George Clooney (Batman and Robin was awful, but Clooney is perfect)
    Robin - Jerry Mathers (iffy, especially if you consider an older Jerry as Nightwing)
    Batgirl - Lindsay Lohan (perfect)
    Alfred - David Niven (almost perfect)
    Aunt Harriet - Charlotte Rae (works, not a major character anyway)
    Commisioner Gordon - Powers Boothe (not the best choice, other suggestions here are better)

    The Joker - Russell Brand (iffy, Willem Dafoe is a better choice)
    The Penguin - Gert Fröbe (perfect)
    Catwoman - Ava Gardner (almost perfect)
    The Riddler - Greg Kinnear (works pretty well)
    Mr. Freeze - Jeremy Irons (perfect if he's bald)
    The Scarecrow - Ian McKellan (works pretty well)
    Poison Ivy - Marcia Cross (perfect)
    Harley Quinn - Nicole Sullivan (perfect)
    Zatanna - Catherine Zeta-Jones (works pretty well)
    Ra's Al Ghul - Vincent Price (perfect)
    Talia - Emmanuelle Vaugier (one of many who could work)
    Bat-Mite - Verne Troyer (perfect)
  8. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    What's funny is that his choices have been quite different from who'd expect or envision.

    I considered Ron Jeremy for The Penguin.
  9. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    It's funny that was the first thing that popped in my head when I was thinking of historical choices. Not that would necessarily be my final answer but both those guys struck me initially.
  10. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    My wild card Penguin would be... David Suchet.
  11. Thrall

    Thrall Commodore Commodore

    Jun 12, 2007
    A Quesada Free Zone.
    Batman - Young Alec Baldwin
    Alfred - Alec Guiness
    Robin - Joseph Gordon Levitt
    Nightwing - James Marsden
    Batgirl - Zhang Zhi Yi
    Oracle - Rachel Nichols
    Azrael - Alexander Skarsgård
    Spoiler - Hillary Duff
    Huntress - Eliza Dushku
    Gordon - Kurt Russell
    Bullock - Dennis Franz or James Gandolffini
    Montoya - Michelle Rodriguez

    The Joker - Jim Carrey
    Harley Quinn - Britney Murphy
    Scarecrow - Vincent Price
    Penguin - Charles Laughton
    Bane - The Rock
    Killer Croc - Vin Diesel
    The Riddler - Kevin Spacey
    Catwoman - Rosario Dawson
    Mr. Freeze - Patrick Stewart
    Poison Ivy - Scarlet Johansen
    Two-Face - Mel Gibson
  12. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
    You know who I think could have made an interesting, daring choice for the Joker in the 1989 movie?

    Glenn Close.

    Seriously. She's quite androgynous looking, as is The Joker. In Damages, she looks very like the Joker is often drawn. You can imagine her doing the voice. She can do mad, maniacal and evil. She can do funny. And it might add a whole level of subtext to the Batman Joker relationship.

    Women have played men in movies before - Linda Hunt, in The Year of Living Dangerously, or Tilda Swinton (who could also probably do a good Joker).

    Fanboys would have been up in arms, but I reckon her performance would have silenced them.
  13. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

    Out Of My Vulcan Mind Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Wherever you go, there you are.
    Glenn Close would've made a good Queen of Hearts:

  14. TK421

    TK421 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 5, 2007
    Batman = Kirk Douglas.

    Douglas did most of his own stunts (The Vikings) and has Batman's comicbook profile.
  15. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

    Out Of My Vulcan Mind Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Wherever you go, there you are.
    I thought of Kirk Douglas for Two-Face. Come to think of it, he might have made a good Joker, too.
  16. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
    Frank Gorshin, the 1960s Riddler, used to do the greatest impression of Kirk Douglas.

    I think Douglas would have been a better Two-Face than Batman. Given what a great onscreen pairing he and Burt Lancaster made, a Batman movie starring the athletic former circus performer Lancaster as The Dark Knight and Douglas as Two-Face would have been something to relish.
  17. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    Give it a few more years and I think we could bring back Michael Keaton.

    Gary Oldman is a perfect young Jim Gordon but if they ever decided to go in an older direction, I think Stacy Keach would still work.

    I can see what you're saying about Jim Carrey, although telling him to turn down the volume never really works well. But with Danny DeVito, I just can't separate him from a Penguin that is very specific to Tim Burton's universe. (And while I do very much enjoy the recent Chris Nolan films, I still have a great respect for Tim Burton's films. I think, ultimately, Batman & Gotham City don't belong in the real world. They belong inside a nightmarish gothic fantasy.)

    I have such regard for the work of Tim Burton & Chris Nolan that I would probably pick a lot of their choices for the films. But for my own separate elseworlds:
    Batman - Ben Browder
    Barbara Gordon - Kristen Bell
    Commissioner Gordon - Stacy Keach
    The Joker - Mark Hamill
    Ra's al-Ghul - David Warner
    Harley Quinn - Nicole Sullivan
    Catwoman - Angelina Jolie
    Poison Ivy - Jeri Ryan
    Two-Face - Robert Downey Jr.
    Alfred Pennyworth - Jon Pertwee
    The Riddler - My version is someone pretty young, like Adam Busch or Fran Kranz
    Bane - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
    Killer Croc - Vin Diesel
    Mr. Freeze - Jason Statham
    Scarecrow - Brent Spiner
    The Penguin - Burgess Meredith
  18. Gecko of Gorn

    Gecko of Gorn Commodore Commodore

    May 12, 2001
    Gecko of Gorn
    Batman- Gabriel Byrne circa 1992.
    Alfred- Peter O'Toole circa 1982.
    Gordon- Gary Oldman.
    Joker- Lee Marvin circa 1968.
    Ra's- Sean Connery circa 1978.
    Catwoman- Julie Christie circa 1967.
    Scarecrow- Donald Sutherland circa 1975.
    Penguin- Sydney Greenstreet circa 1940.

    For a JL cameo:
    Green Lantern/Hal Jordan: Paul Newman circa 1960.
  19. JacksonArcher

    JacksonArcher Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 16, 2001
    You know, Borgified Corpse, I always thought a Tim Burton/Michael Keaton/Danny Elfman Dark Knight Returns movie could be stellar. Let Burton make it a psuedo sequel to Batman Returns and...
  20. The Comedian

    The Comedian Captain Captain

    Jan 20, 2009
    Noir version:
    Batman: James Dean
    Gordon: Humphrey Bogart
    Joker: James Cagney
    Two-Face: Edgar G. Robinson
    Catwoman: Jane Russell

    60's version:
    Batman: James Caan
    Gordon: Telly Savalas
    Joker: Donald Sutherland
    Catwoman: Natalie Wood
    Two-Face: Gene Hackman