The DC Cinematic Universe is making us sweat with anticipation with it’s two confirmed films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Suicide Squad. With the Suicide Squad not only giving us a villain based film, but it will also allow us to see fan favorites galore as the anti-heroes in some fashion all hopefully maintaining their status as bad guys, layered bad guys for our sake, but it’s the world conqueror of the DC Universe that I assume we will one day see and that is Darkseid, ruler of the planet Apokolips.
A brief history on Darkseid is that he rules on a volcanic wasteland of a planet known as Apokolips where his soul mission is to destroy and wipe out lives on every planet he discovers and Earth is no different. A villain that can hold his own and them some, not only against Superman, but the whole Justice League can make for some astounding and brilliant cinema if you ask me. Not only is he one of the most powerful villains in all of comic books, but he is also one of the smartest who occasionally falls to his own honor code (the small one he has) and his own ego.
Assuming these men would be in heavy mo-cap (motion capture) environments or lending their voices to full on CGI figures these are my choices for Darkseid:
Kevin Grevioux: I wouldn’t say he is master actor of any kind, but he gets characters who are menacing and intelligent and driven. Being the creator of the Underworld franchise (I know right?) he also has an unnaturally deep and menacing voice and the physical size to pull off someone like a Darkseid. Not to mention he has his own graphic novel company DarkStorm Studios where he has created novels like I, Frankenstein which was later turned into a film.
Ron Perlman: This is one of those picks that makes you say “DUH!’. Ron Perlman in everything is my motto, but with a voice and command for the screen like that, it’s a no-brainer choice that wouldn’t be just a silly fan idea, but a valid and deep rooted, passionate pick that I can’t see many people arguing. Hell, even if he merely lent his voice and did some minor action scenes I’d be just fine with, but before anything with DC, we need Hellboy III.
Mickey Rourke: No offense to Mickey, but he was meant to be a bad guy in film. One of the more underappreciated actors of our time, he is not only large in stature, but has acting chops galore when he really takes on a role and he is no stranger to comic book style films with his appearances in Iron Man 2 and Sin City and it’s latest sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. He can do smart and angry and with what he showed in Immortals (2011) that he can not only go against Superman (Henry Cavill was in that movie), but he can rule with cruelty effortlessly on screen.
Sam Witwer; A choice I had never thought of until I started watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the first time recently I ended up enjoying the voice of Darth Maul and Sam Witwer came up in the credits as the voice. His look is not a concern to me seeing you’d hardly see in in the first place. Consider this the reaching choice comparatively to the rest…or is it? Fun Fact: Sam Witwer was actually considered for Batman after The Dark Knight Rises wrapped up the Nolan trilogy.
Michael C. Hall: Another unconventional pick, but I think of a man who did an incredible voice over job for a villain that people were confused by and that was James Spader as Ultron and that was just fine. Hall has an unconventionally villainous voice that would be somewhat comedic, but in a sick and twisted kind of way which could be a unique dynamic with Darkseid and not to mention C. Hall being one of the younger guys on this list could do the reoccurring role and not have to worry about his age getting in the way.
This is a list I have for right now, but if you have any fan castings of your own, I’d love to hear them!
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