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.
Part of Alan Moore's America's Best Comics line that launched in 1999, Tom Strong is an attempt by Moore and artist Chris Sprouse to recreate the pre-Superman, Doc Savage type of pulp hero for the millennial era. Born in 1900, Strong's aging has been slowed down by eating the secret fruit of the island where he grew up. Accompanied by his wife Dhalua, daughter Tesla, a brain-enhanced gorilla, and a 100-year-old robot, Tom Strong protects Millennium City and the world from supervillains and science experiments gone wrong.
DC has announced that Tom Strong is returning in Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, and Evan Shaner's new comic The Terrifics, which launches next month. With that resurrection on the horizon, let's look at the characters of Tom Strong and who would play them in a high-adventure movie adaptation.
John Cena as Tom Strong
Long before he was in the running to play Duke Nukem, WWE Superstar John Cena was the perfect choice for Tom Strong. He has that paternal, Silver Age Superman quality to his voice and demeanor, and he's also one of very few real-life humans who's actually built like Tom.
Naomie Harris as Dhalua Strong
Tom's wife Dhalua is a science hero in her own right, and Naomie Harris (Moonlight) has the perfect combination of beauty and authoritative bearing.
Zendaya as Tesla Strong
Tesla is the future of the Strong legacy, and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) is the future of show business. Plus she totally works as the daughter of Harris and Cena.
Tom Hiddleston as Solomon
Solomon's vocal manner might best be described as "comically English," which is certainly something Tom Hiddleston (Thor) is capable of pulling off.
Michael Sheen as Pneuman
Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) would use his natural Welsh accent, but his voice would be heavily filtered to play the retro robot, Pneuman.
Dave Franco as Paul Saveen
Saveen will appear at multiple ages through both flashbacks and time travel, but with the aid of makeup and digital effects, Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist) can play him at any age.
Bryan Cranston as the Modular Man
A villain whose consciousness is divided into many parts, the Modular Man is basically a more sci-fi version of the kind of man desperate in the face of mortality that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) specializes in playing. Plus, his voice would sound really cool echoing from thousands of little robot bugs.
Dylan Sprouse as Val Var Garm
Dylan Sprouse (Dismissed) has the kind of youthful good looks that would shine through the Lava Man facade of Tesla's love interest.
Jason Ritter as Warren Strong
Yes, for those of you who haven't read the comic, Warren Strong is a cartoon rabbit version of Tom who lives in another dimension. Jason Ritter (Another Period) can do a voice that would have that cartoon quality while also seeming like a real character.
Mark Hamill as Basil Saveen
Basil is Warren's arch-enemy, obviously, and playing cartoon supervillains would be the thing Mark Hamill was most famous for if he wasn't also Luke Skywalker.