FanCast: Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen

With the news just breaking about Damon Lindelof helming a television series based on the acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, it’s time, once again, for FanCast. You know the rules (Are there rules?) Pick an actor/actress you think would be the best choice for the character in question. Or whoever you wanna see in the role.

 

Nite Owl 2–Justin Theroux

Theroux might seem like a lazy choice considering he just got done working with Lindelof on the exceptional The Leftovers, but he was amazing on that show and why the hell wouldn’t you bring his ass on over to this one.

 

Silk Spectre 2–Alexandria Daddario

Remember before Man of Steel came out and hollywood really wanted Henry Cavill for every role? James Bond, Batman, Edward Cullen, Superman (The Bryan Singer One) he was wanted for everything. I’m the exact same way with Daddario. She’s going to explode and it’s just a matter of when. Not if. This role could be the one to do it.

 

Rorschach–Kevin McKidd

Whether you liked the film adaptation or not, The one thing i think everyone can agree on is the fact that Jackie Earl Haley killed it as Rorschach. His are the biggest shoes to fill but i think McKidd is up to the challenge. He’s just going to need prosthetics obviously. He’s a little too pretty.

 

The Comedian–Frank Grillo

I’m trying to keep it in the realm of possibility but if there’s a way to get Jon Hamm as the Comedian, get Jon Hamm but since i doubt he’d do it, Grillo is literally next best option. Unfortunately Grillo lost The role he was born for-The Punisher but The Comedian is actually the better character. He’s surprising complex and will probably be the most important of the show and i think Grillo can carry that weight.

 

Ozymandias–Benjamin Walker

Like Daddario, another actor i believe will be huge soon. He hasn’t had much luck in film, so maybe television will be a better fit. It’s incredible how fast the world forgot about Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. It paved the way for Hamilton and the lions share of its success belongs to Walker. He’s incredible.

 

Dr. Manhattan–Lee Pace

Pace was the first actor that popped in my head but the fact that he just played a blue guy in Guardians Of The Galaxy made me consider other actors but he’s perfect. Benedict Cumberbatch would also be perfect but Cumberbatch is in all the things. Pace needs a great role and he would crush Dr. Manhattan.

 

Rorschach’s Journal. October 12th, 1985…

  • Lydia Deetz

    Only good thing to come out of that was Minutemen.

  • sailor monsoon

    Duhamel would be a solid pick

  • SlamAdams

    I probably wouldn’t have thought of him had he not been getting so much geek buzz, but he has that schlubby look where he could probably still have some leftover athleticism. Throw a decent hook or whatever.

  • SlamAdams

    I can see that too. I’ve never been his biggest fan but I always thought Josh Duhamel would be a great Cyke.

  • Duke

    That’s the only way I see a true hard X-Men reboot. If the MCU gets them.

  • sailor monsoon

    Or they could make a deal with marvel.
    And marvel would totally recast everyone

  • Duke

    lol X-Men reboot. They’play just keep doing new films with new casts and I can’t ever see a hard reboot. They had their chance with the prequel cast but DOFP brought back original cast meaning those films were tied together. Best case would be for Cable to rewrite time in a Deadpool 3 making Ryan Reynolds Deadpool and Josh Brolin’s Cable the only actors to remain in their roles.

  • Duke

    Damn he would make a good Mr. Fantastic.

  • Duke

    David Harbour would be having the best few years of his life then. Stranger Things, Hellboy, and Watchmen! His geek cred would explode.

  • sailor monsoon

    Agreed.
    I think he would also make a great Cyclops if they reboot X-Men

  • *blank stare*

    Preach.

  • SlamAdams

    Let’s not overrate Watchmen nor the internet fan-rage to making mistakes on a comic book adaptation.

  • SlamAdams

    I can see Krasinski as Nite Owl.

    My pipe dream MCU role for him would be Mr. Fantastic. Or if they get around to actually doing a good FF movie just in general.

  • SlamAdams

    He telegraphed right away he was the bad guy. Michael C. Hall doing his fake office nice guy routine from Dexter would be better. The kind where it is unassuming but when you go back it feels like a different performance, like re-watching Usual Suspects and Spacey feeling completely different.

  • SlamAdams

    That’s pretty solid
    Dr. Manhattan – Walton Goggins (knee jerk reaction would be for him to be Rorschach, but he’d be more interesting as Manhattan. He is very deliberate with his speech)
    Nite-Owl – David Harbor (if it is one and done miniseries)
    Rorschach – James Ransone
    Silk Spectre – Jennifer Carpenter
    Comedian – Kurt Russell (if it was anybody but HBO, I wouldn’t think they could get him)
    Hollis Mason – Richard Jenkins
    Sally Jupiter – Katey Sagal

    Ozymandias – Armie Hammer? I don’t know? Someone more unassumingly charming than Matthew Goode’s clear psychotic.

  • William Dhalgren

    This is solid casting, man. I’m not sure about one or two of your choices, but on the whole, you did gewd.

  • sailor monsoon

    True but theroux can do mild mannered.
    You gotta watch the leftovers

  • 1 2 3 4

    I guess meek is the wong word…but he’s definitely mild-mannered.

  • sailor monsoon

    No but other than that he’s very similar.
    And nite owl isn’t meek. He fought crime alongside comedian and Rorschach. He got shit done.
    He just become physically and mentally impotent once he lost his purpose

  • 1 2 3 4

    No, is his character a meek nerd with a paunch?

  • sailor monsoon

    You watch the leftovers?

  • sailor monsoon

    True but silence of the lambs is.
    True Hannibal never touched on the book or movie but they still had to recast Hannibal and to many, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal is one of the great movie characters.
    And now i only think of mads.
    I’m just saying, there’s always room for improvement

  • sailor monsoon

    I think general premise is what he’s attracted to.
    A world where superheroes are illegal. You can explore that idea in greater depth in a tv show

  • Tanis11

    “After the leftovers, lindelof has my confidence”

    I am not 100% on board. This pairing was the perfect match because the source material was left open ended and lindelof specializes in this kind of writing.

  • Schizo_Frog

    While I fully agree, the Hannibal Lector books are not considered the singular holy grail of literature. Hell, there’s already flocks of people pissed at the few changes that Snyder made.

  • 1 2 3 4

    Gotta say Justin Theroux is a very odd choice for a nerdy superhero with a paunch.

  • Duke

    I have it on a list. I’ll check later.

  • sailor monsoon

    Yeah but I’m fine with them stretching the material.
    Look at Hannibal, they played fast and loose with the source material and it’s one of the best shows around.
    After the leftovers, lindelof has my confidence

  • Schizo_Frog

    It’s so utterly ridiculously.

    Watchmen is like 300 pages long. Everything can be fit in a 4 hour narrative. A tv show cannot in any way be closer to the graphic novel. It will have to stretch the narrative and create new material, taking it much further from the source material than Snyder’s film.

  • Sans_Fi

    I would say that the content works better as a TV series, even if it doesn’t follow the original storyline and focuses on the mental problems people who would choose to live a life as a violent vigilante will have and the repercusions on the world that those vigilantes would have.

    There is no reason to do the whole Cold War, giant octopus storyline. The general idea of Watchmen is neat enough to have it’s own story.

  • sailor monsoon

    I think I’m changing my Rorschach to Richard brake.
    He’s incredible in 31

  • sailor monsoon

    I love the actor they chose and he played him German which was interesting but i agree, he was the song choice.
    He’s especially Robert redford. He’s the perfect man and also the smartest man in the room.
    I originally thought of jamie dornan because of his performance in the fall but you need an actor that no one would suspect and i think people already think of him as a creepy monster

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh ok.
    I think it was a chaplin film

  • Duke

    Oh I already have you done for King Kong, Duck Soup and something else as well haha. I’ll add those two and shoot you an email on when there scheduled. Not until late 2017 or 2018 I believe.

  • ResonanceCascade

    I like a lot of these choices. I think the hardest character to cast is Ozymandias. Snyder completely dropped the ball by casting him as an awkward weirdo. It needs to be someone with immense charisma whom you also trust implicitly. How about Ewan McGregor?

  • *blank stare*

    This is a surprisingly difficult challenge.
    I agree and love seeing Grillo in anything and this would be a great chance to give him another leading role as The Comedian.

    Ozymandias is a nearly impossible casting decision; Goode was a risky choice that panned out very well, but making a character look pristinely understated, but drip with history, intelligence and majesty takes skill. I’d nearly prefer an older actor in the role. Not sure who.

    If John Krasinski doesn’t land an MCU role (Moon Knight…I’m keeping the faith on that one), then he’s a pretty charismatic everyman in the Nite Owl role and could bring something potentially interesting to the table. He’s dipped his toes in both action and drama and Nite Owl really needs all of it. I think there’s a part of Dreiberg who is aware that dressing like an owl and punching criminals is *a little bit* silly and maybe Krasinski can hint that, without taking away from the character.

    Since a TV show will probably expand on a lot of what we see, possibly in new directions, I think they aught to go weird with Dr Manhattan. Maybe have him take the form of different people regularly instead of committing to a single actor. Highlight his posthuman nature even more.

    I’m not 100% sold on any of these ideas, just thinking aloud.

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh and don’t forget to sign me up for that AFI 100 movie list thingy y’all are doing.
    I’ll review the general and night at the opera

  • *blank stare*

    My guess, they’re just trying to see if they can’t get Alan Moore to die from eye rolling and indignation.

  • Kyle Hale

    To get a real and proper vagina monster on the screen.

  • sailor monsoon

    1. Read the watchmen immediately
    2. Thank you
    3. Go read the watchmen

  • sailor monsoon

    I have no idea.

  • Unless they’re covering Before Watchmen, what’s the point?

  • Duke

    I’m not going to even suggest my own FanCast because…
    a) I’ve never read Watchmen
    b) That’s a pretty great FanCast you made there.