DC Casting Round-Up: 'Birds of Prey' Adds Ali Wong (And Other News That's Piqued Our Interest)
Look, I’m a Marvel fan through and through. Not because of some conscious decision on my part — it’s more a factor of exposure. So when it comes to hearing about movie or film adaptations of comic book properties, I’m always going to be just a little more excited about Marvel news than DC news — if only because I’m more familiar with the source material. Unless we’re talking about casting announcements, because dang — DC has been crushing it on that front. They just keep hiring people I like! People like Ali freakin’ Wong!
Wong’s the latest star to board DC’s upcoming elaborately-titled film, (checks notes) Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), joining a cast that already includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain. Ewan McGregor will star as the villainous Black Mask, who will reportedly be working in cahoots with Chris Messina as the sadistic Victor Zsasz. And as for Wong, all that’s clear so far is that she’ll be in a supporting role, playing an associate of Renee Montoya. Probably a wisecracking one. Would it be better if she were playing a lead role? Yes, of course. But this just means I’m already planning my arguments for why her unknown character deserves a spinoff. Because I guarantee that she does!
Speaking of Netflix comedians, remember how Joel McHale had that show, The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale, and then it got cancelled? Well, he’s bouncing back with a NEW show… on the DC Universe platform. He’ll be playing Sylvester Pemberton, a.k.a. Starman, on the upcoming Stargirl series. OK fine, it sounds like it’ll only be a reoccurring role, but that’s OK! It’s hard to top having your own show with your name in the title twice anyway.
Another DC Universe series is also padding out its cast: Swamp Thing, from exec producer James Wan. Infamous fighter of sharks in tornadoes Ian Ziering has just been cast as Daniel Cassidy, a stuntman turned reluctant occult superhero called Blue Devil. Already confirmed for the series are Andy Bean as biologist Alec Holland, Derek Mears as Holland’s transformed alter-ego, Swamp Thing, and Crystal Reed as researcher Abby Arcane.
And then there’s Doom Patrol, which is also coming to DC Universe and perhaps has the most intriguing cast of all. This isn’t really NEW news, but in case you missed it, Doom Patrol will star Timothy Dalton as the Chief, Brendan Fraser as Robotman (well, his voice anyway, though Fraser will be on-screen in flashback to the time before the hero became a robot), Matt Bomer as Negative Man (again, he’ll be the voice and appear in flashbacks), April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody, and Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane.
The real question is: will any of this inspire you to pay $8 a month for access to DC Universe? Because I’m starting to get a little FOMO about all this…
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