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Who will be in ‘Justice League’?

Justice League
By Patrick Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Since the announcement last summer of “Justice League of America” as a Warner Bros. project in development, it has become one of the most speculated about and highly anticipated comic book films to date. Finally, it seems, the Batman fans, the Superman fans and the Wonder Woman buffs can set aside their petty differences and work together toward the common good.

But first they have to get over the casting hurdle. For many fans, Christian Bale is Batman and Brandon Routh is Superman. Cast someone else in those parts for “Justice League” and you risk causing a rift in continuity and possibly space-time.

And then there’s the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Director George Miller, of “Mad Max” and “Happy Feet” fame, hasn’t signed anybody yet, but one famous face has already officially passed: Jessica Biel will not be playing Wonder Woman.

So the hunt goes on. This got us thinking about how other directors might prefer to fill out those coveted uniforms. (Alex Ross / DC Comics)
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

It doesn’t seem possible, but there are still some genre stars of the 1970s that Tarantino hasn’t imposed some sort of career rehab on yet. But “Justice League” has a lot of parts, so the rest of them can get their chance to shine: Richard Roundtree as Batman, Leif Garrett as the Flash, one-time Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy as Green Lantern, Suzanne Somers as Wonder Woman, Jon Voight as Martian Manhunter and Burt Reynolds as Superman. (Times photo illustration by Jerome Adamstein. Photo credit: AP / DC Comics)
M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan

The secrecy-obsessed writer-director would no doubt be able to avoid any sort of major casting announcements in the trades only to reveal at the last minute that every role, from Superman to Martian Manhunter, is being played by himself. (Times photo illustration by Jerome Adamstein. Photos: Getty Images / DC Comics)
Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh

Leigh’s films are usually small slices of life set among the British working class, so he would be on unfamiliar ground with a Hollywood blockbuster superhero epic. But Leigh has a knack for surprising his audiences, so he would no doubt be out on Hollywood Boulevard improvising scenes with such no-name costumed talent as the one pictured here mingling with the tourists. (Charlie Gruet)
Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner

Say what you will about the “Rush Hour” director’s artistic choices, studio execs love to give this guy blockbusters. He took over the Hannibal Lecter franchise from Ridley Scott and the X-Men sequel from Bryan Singer. So why not give the guy “Justice League”? It would be our chance to see Larry the Cable Guy as Superman, Sinbad as Batman, Drew Carey as Aquaman, Sir Ian McKellan as Martian Manhunter, Salma Hayek as Wonder Woman and reclusive director Terrence Malick making a rare celluloid appearance as the Flash. (Times photo illustration by Jerome Adamstein. Photo credit: Getty Images / DC Comics)
George Lucas
George Lucas

The “Star Wars” papa is no stranger to mega-budget special effects epics. But as the “Star Wars” re-releases demonstrated, Lucas’ penchant for digitally “improving” reality knows no bounds. Therefore, it would make sense for the bearded one to cast some unknowns -- let’s say bodybuilders -- then digitally add their costumes, enhance their muscles and finally, cast some big-name stars to dub the voices. (Times photo illustration by Jerome Adamstein. Photo credit: AP / DC Comics)
George Miller
George Miller

And finally, there’s the actual director of “Justice League.” Who knows whom he may cast, but when it comes to a high-profile (and very expensive) production like this, the man behind “Road Warrior” and “Babe: Pig in the City” may feel it’s best to go with what’s worked in the past. Therefore, expect to see Mel Gibson as Superman, an actual bat as Batman, a duck as Aquaman, a monkey as the Flash, a monkey wearing lipstick as Wonder Woman, a pig as Green Lantern and Cher as Martian Manhunter. (Times photo illustration by Jerome Adamstein. Photo credit: AP / DC Comics)
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