Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
February is Black History Month, so I'm focusing on black creators and characters. Last week I cast Static Shock, based on the comic that was part of the Milestone Media line of comics in the early '90s. That was an initiative started by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle to create a whole world of black heroes.
This week, I'm expanding beyond Static to look at the other heroes (and anti-heroes) who were a part of the original Milestone launch: Icon, Hardware, and the Blood Syndicate. I cast the Blood Syndicate members older than they are in the comics, but I think it works. The Milestone world of Dakota City would make a great setting for a prestige superhero TV series or movie franchise.
Dennis Haysbert as Icon
Haysbert may be older than your average superhero actor, but Icon is pretty old himself, and Dennis Haysbert (The Dark Tower) can definitely capture the gravitas of Milestone's answer to Superman.
Amandla Stenberg as Rocket
Rocket's a teenager, which means a modern version is bound to be pretty different from the one in the '90 comics. In any case, Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything) will bring a youthful energy to the part.
Idris Elba as Hardware
Tell me you don't want to see Idris Elba (Thor: Ragnarok) as a more badass Iron Man. You know you do.
Bokeem Woodbine as Holocaust
Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming) has this smile that can be charming or threatening (or both) depending on the role. As Holocaust, it'll be terrifying.
Sterling K. Brown as Wise Son
Wise Son takes over leadership of the Blood Syndicate, but he's not the best at it despite his intelligence and skill. Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) has the chops to show his internal struggle.
Gary Carr as Tech-9
Gary Carr is fantastic on The Deuce, and he'll be just as great playing the Blood Syndicate's original leader.
Tiffany Haddish as Brickhouse
Brickhouse will be a CGI character, so the main thing we need is a great voice, which Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) can absolutely provide.
Sesugh Uhaa as DMZ
DMZ wears a facemask and doesn't really talk, so what the role requires isn't really an actor but an impressive body and the skill for fight scenes. Sesugh Uhaa, who wrestles in WWE under the name Apollo, has that in spades.
Brian Michael Smith as Masquerade
Masquerade is a pretty dated take on a transgender man, but with out trans actor Brian Michael Smith (Queen Sugar) in the role, we can hopefully bring him up to date.
Rick Gonzales as Fade
Rick Gonzales (Arrow) has what it takes to bring the ghostlike Fade to life.
Yaya DaCosta As Flashback
Fade's sister Flashback is one of the more troubled characters we have here, and Yaya DaCosta (The Nice Guys) can deliver.
Daniel Henney as Third Rail
Daniel Henny (Criminal Minds) is an actor who can handle action scenes, but we might need to bulk him up a bit (possibly with the help of CGI) to play Third Rail.
Aaron Paul as Boogieman
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) has a voice that will sound great coming from a big rat guy, and he'll especially shine in the scene where he finally reveals his human face.
Diane Guerrero as Aquamaria
Another CGI character, although Aquamaria ought to look as much like Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) as possible, just made out of water.
Danni Wang as Kwai
Kwai is meant to be a powerful mystical being, and Danni Wang (The Blacklist) can embody that kind of strength and presence.
Ice-T as Dogg
Dogg is literally an intelligent talking dog. I just think Ice-T's voice and cadence will work for that.