With the new boom in superhero movies, we’ve entered a fascinating period in comic films, one in which yesterday’s Daredevil is today’s Batman, and the previous Human Torch has now become Captain America.  It’s not uncommon to find such casting decisions in Hollywood (How many tough cops has Bruce Willis played since ‘Die Hard’?), and while it does raise certain issues (type-casting for one, homogenization of our theatre-going experiences for another) I choose to see it as another sign of the successful mainstreaming of nerdly concepts.  Being the guy that I am, I might enjoy seeing Jason David Frank as The Phantom, with Billy Zane as The Shadow, and the hilarious prospect of Alec Baldwin leading the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.  Of course, not everyone is quite as nerdy as me, but wouldn’t it be neat to see Toby Maguire playing Nightwing alongside Affleck’s Batman in the inevitable Justice League movie?  Or Ryan Reynolds as a more age-appropriate Johnny Blaze?  These ruminations, obscure as they may be, do beg an interesting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always said that Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a great Riddler, but also thinks that Val Kilmer’s Batman would have made an interesting Moon Knight, asking: Since Chris Evans got away with it, what superhero actor would you like to see playing a different superhero?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. January 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    I think Ray Park would play a great Daredevil.

  2. Mike
    January 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    Although technically Vin Diesel is only voice acting for Groot, I think he’d make a pretty good Thanos, at least since Riddic…er….Drax is already taken.

  3. January 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    I think Ben Afflek would make a swell Batman.

  4. Luis Dantas
    January 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Robert Downey would make a _great_ Nick Fury.

    • January 7, 2014 at 2:31 am — Reply

      I was thinking Liam Neeson would make do the old cigar smoking Nick Fury justice.

  5. Doctor Dinosaur
    January 7, 2014 at 4:45 am — Reply

    Fassbender (Young Magneto) Would make a great Batman I should think.

  6. January 7, 2014 at 8:48 am — Reply

    Nic Cage as Dazzler:


  7. January 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Strange *drops mic*

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