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Justice League 2: Casting The DCEU's Legion of Doom

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Additions To The Legion of Doom

The roster of the Legion of Doom is traditionally huge. This reflects how often the villains get captured by the superheroes; other baddies will rotate into open spots on the team. If the DCEU's Legion of Doom wants to expand beyond the primary arch enemies of each Justice Leaguer, there are plenty of other villains who have been a part of the society of evil in the comics.

In DC's movies, A-list superstar actors are often cast to portray supervillains, which is a tradition that began with Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor in Superman: The Movie and Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman (1989). However, it wouldn't be financially feasible for a huge name to portray each member of the Legion of Doom. There are a number of up-and-coming character actors who aren't necessarily household names who would be amazing as supervillains, so we aimed to assemble a cast that would be realistic but still wow audiences.

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Michael Stuhlbarg As Doctor Light

Michael Stuhlbarg as Doctor Light

Doctor Arthur Light is a criminal physicist with the power to control light and use it to project energy blasts, force fields, and become invisible. Doctor Light's portrayal in the comics has alternated between middle-of-the-road baddie, to incompetent comic relief, to a controversial portrayal (to say the least) in Brad Meltzer's Identity Crisis.

Regardless of how the DCEU might portray Doctor Light, Michael Stuhlbarg would be fascinating as the photon-bending bad guy. An actor of tremendous range, Stuhlbarg delivered a gripping lead performance in the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, and in 2017, he was the caring professor and father of Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name and the good-hearted Russian spy posing as a scientist in The Shape of Water.

Dan Stevens As Felix Faust

Dan Stevens as Felix Faust

The ancient sorcerer Felix Faust was one of the Justice League's original enemies in the comics when he tried to raise the Demons Three, Abnegazar, Rath, and Ghast. Faust is a bit of a tragic figure who bargains away his soul to demons of the netherworld for bids of power, but he could provide the kind of mystical menace that the heroes of the League have yet to face in a movie.

Dan Stevens is a riveting performer who can strike the right note of being desperately unbalanced as Faust. The British actor rose to fame in Downton Abbey and portrayed the Beast in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. Stevens is also currently starring as the mutant psychic David Haller in FX's critically-acclaimed Legion. Though Legion is a Marvel series, Stevens wouldn't be the first actor to cross over to DC (or vice versa).

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Rami Malik As Sinestro

Rami Malek as Sinestro

Fans are still waiting for the long-rumored Green Lantern Corps movie to materialize, but the villain of that piece would undoubtedly be Sinestro. Once the greatest of the Green Lanterns, Sinestro fell from grace and attempts to impose his brand of order to the universe, eventually forging his own yellow Power Ring and later, the Sinestro Corps.

Whoever is ultimately cast as Green Lantern Hal Jordan would affect the actor cast as Sinestro, but we suggest Rami Malik would provide the right type of intensity and menace. Malik has won rave reviews on his USA hit series Mr. Robot and will be portraying the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Malik would be a fearsome Sinestro, and we bet he could rock a pencil mustache.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson As Solomon Grundy

Hafor Julius Bjornsson as Solomon Grundy

"Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday..." is how the famous rhyme begins, which heralds one of DC Comics' most fearsome monsters. An immortal, undead powerhouse who was brought to life in Slaughter Swamp in the 19th century, Grundy was a fan favorite Legion of Doom member in the Super Friends cartoon. Grundy has fought Batman and numerous other superheroes in the comics, and he has been recruited for his muscle and relentless ferocity by many villains.

No CGI would be necessary to portray Solomon Grundy if Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is cast as the monster. The enormous Icelandic actor plays "The Mountain" Gregor Clegane on Game of Thrones; in fact, Clegane is now also a reanimated corpse on the show. Björnsson as Grundy would tower over every Justice League member and would easily look believable matching muscle with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

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Timothy Olyphant As Metallo

Timothy Olyphant as Metallo

"The Man With The Kryptonite Heart", Metallo (real name John Corben) is a cyborg and arch enemy of Superman who is powered by the Man of Steel's greatest weakness. Kryptonite has been established as part of the DCEU in Batman V Superman, and was a cornerstone of Luthor's plot against Superman. It stands to reason Luthor would construct the cyborg as both a henchman and an insurance policy against his Kryptonian nemesis.

Timothy Olyphant has wowed audiences with his performances in Deadwood, Justified, and as the villain opposite Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard. He has also proven his comedic chops during his stint on The Office and his lead role in Santa Clarita Diet. Olyphant can deftly alternate between being charming, menacing, and unbalanced, which would bring some necessary humanity to the often one-dimensional Metallo.

Matt Smith As The Thinker

Matt Smith as The Thinker

The Thinker is currently the main villain in season 4 of The Flash, but since the DCEU has its own Scarlet Speedster played by Ezra Miller, why shouldn't the movies have their own Thinker as well? As a genius-level intellect and mechanokinetic with an artificial intelligence capable of taking over any type of electronic device, as well as assorted other abilities like holographic projection, the Thinker is an ideal match for the Justice League's Cyborg.

With his ability to quickly deliver oodles of technical jargon, Matt Smith would be phenomenal as The Thinker. World famous for his portrayal of the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, the British actor has memorably starred in numerous films and television series, most recently portaying Prince Philip in the first two seasons of Netflix's The Crown. Without a doubt, Smith could believably portray a villain who could outwit the Justice League.

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Key Release Dates
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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