Imagine If, Justice League, Release Date 1985

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

The last Batman franchise was started in 1976. Producers now wanted to expand their cinematic universe. The core premise would be the established Batman mentoring and bringing together a group of young heroes to deal with a threat he alone could not handle.

Batman and Alfred remain the same (O’Neal and Sir Ralph), Tatum did not make an appearance as Batgirl, although there was a rumor her scenes were cut.

Producers really embraced the young hero role, making this a Brat Pack supers film.

Superman- Rob Lowe

He was a Tiger Beat level pinup star and had blue eyes.

Wonder Woman- Brigitte Nielsen

She impressed producers with her size and her fluency in 5 languages.

Aquaman- Kiefer Sutherland

Acting royalty, this would be a huge role for him.

Cyborg- Blair Underwood

Krush Groove would be released the same year.

Flash- Emilio Estevez

Like Kiefer, also acting royalty, and as much as he would be remembered for The Breakfast Club, cult fans would always recall him from Repo Man.

Mera- Paulina Porzikova

Unsubtly, she was best known for her swimsuit appearances.

Lois Lane- Ally Sheedy

Before her breakout role with Emilio in The Breakfast Club, best known for War Games and Oxford Blues.

Hippolyta- Sigourney Weaver

Tall and bad-ass!

Lex Luthor- John Malkovich

A very serious stage actor making the transition to film, producers kept him sequestered from the rest of the cast, wanting them to fear the actor and the role.

Steppenwolf- Mickey Rourke

Rourke oozed charisma, and producers wanted an actor who could carry the role of a lesser-known villain.

 

 

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Imagine If: X-Men: First Class, Release Date 1985

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

This one is a slight cheat, as the year should be 1983, but producers found someone they really wanted for one of the roles, but the individual had Olympic commitments. As luck would have it, this delay was an incredible blessing as The Brat Pack era of films post Fats Times was in the early stages, and this soft re-boot, focusing on school life for the mutants was a great way to get movie-goers to buy-in. It was superheroes meets teenage hi-jinx and angst.

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Arrogant, cocky, and unlikable. Cruise could do all these things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jean Grey- Molly Ringwald

Already a Hughes-star, the redhead was perfect for Jean Grey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting in 1981, producers searched long and hard for a Hank McCoy, they wanted someone who could be acrobatic. Gold medal winning Olympian Gaylord was perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

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Already a Golden Globe winner, Schroeder was a TV star at the time and played the part of the prankster Ice Man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The part of ultra-wealthy mutant was taken on by prep school alum James Spader, who brought a new dimension to the character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Producers wanted another female student, and also wanted to bring some of that school tension. Lane has flirted with stardom, and embraced the role of bad girl.

 

 

 

 

 

10810790534_67e4a432d9_bProfessor X- Ed Harris

Producers saw in him the right stuff for the role. Bah dum tish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She had already co-starred with Cruise in Risky Business as an older woman with sex appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magneto- Christopher Lambert

Lambert had starred in Greystoke and caught the producers’ eyes for his intensity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first post-credit scene…

A young, new student shows up at the school ready to begin her studies.

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When First Class released, Milano was on TV on Who’s The Boss and the silver screen in Commando.

 

 

 

In the second post-credits scene, Yul Brynner appeared, setting up all sorts of time travel wonkery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine If: Steel, Release Date 1998

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

1997 saw Superman die on-screen, facing off against Doomsday. 1998 saw the introduction of Steel, carrying on the Man of Steel’s mantle.

2a4f7eb6cfb46411f3aa6e50ddb72eb9Steel- Will Smith

Producers considered someone physically bigger, but there were few bigger stars in terms of star power.

 

 

 

 

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John Henry Irons’ grandparents needed to be icons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The enigmatic Fenster from The Usual Suspects was now in Hollywood’s eye, this was his first big budget film role.

 

 

 

Imagine If, Thor: Ragnorak, 2011

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

They call it a Thor movie, but anyone who has seen the trailers knows it takes liberally from Planet Hulk.

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The Irish-German actor was a relative unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

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Charming, diabolical, and mischievous.

 

 

 

 

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Hardworking Swedish actor.

 

 

 

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The method-actor embraced the horror story of his on-set meltdown and channelled his rage for good this time.

 

 

 

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The second Swede to join the cast had wowed in the original Millennium trilogy adaptations as Lisbeth Salander.

 

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Diminutive in size, big in menace, her role as Kalinda on The Good Wife wowed producers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Always memorable, frequently frightening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you are following along at home, you will know that mall is the voiceover name of one Paul Reubens, AKA Pee Wee Herman. Producers “”We wanted to change the idea of what a hulking guy made of rocks could be. He’s huge and heavy, but with a light soul. We wanted to make him funny and a relatable entry point into this world.”

 

 

 

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The aloof, cipher-like Sorcerer Supreme needed just the right actor….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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His role as the Grandmaster predated his collaboration with Grandmaster Flash.

 

 

 

Imagine If: BvS, Release Date 1997

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

The pieces were in place. There was a Batman. There was a Superman.

And, with the Death of Superman, an excuse to bring them together and (re)introduce Wonder Woman!

Nic Cage stays as The Bat. Brendan Fraser remains the Big Blue Boy Scout.

Ma and Pa Kent, Luthor stay the same.

This story focuses more on The Bat, his supporting cast remains, and adds his parents, in a cheeky cameo from Batman Begins… Thomas and Martha Wayne are played by Ryan O’Neal and Cher.

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The stunning Italian actress spoke four languages. Producers created a language for her as an Amazon.

 

 

 

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Wrestling was big in 1997, producers liked the idea of there being a person behind the makeup, one who was not only big, but could tussle. Goldust, at 6’6″ was indeed big and surprisingly quick and limber, an as a bonus, was used to lots of makeup.

 

 

Imagine If: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Release Date 1971

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

The first F-4 film was not the hit producers were expecting, so they went back the drawing board. Instead of the level of bombast that the films previously had, producers took a more dramatic approach, casting relatively unknown actors, ones who had most of their experience on the smaller screen, in the hopes that audiences would connect with them more.

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3 years prior, Alda was nominated for the Golden Globe new star of the year. There was something about him that producers really liked. It would be a full year before he became known to audiences for his most famous role.

2ce279574af56643ca71d92a2ac9c01e.jpgInvisible Girl- Farrah Fawcett

The 24 year old model/ actress had not yet caught the nation’s fancy, her iconic role and poster would not be released for another 5 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before his iconic hair, the 19 year old’s film debut saw him take on the role of the youngest member of the team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Casting directors, it is rumored had cast and even paid an actor for the role, someone they felt was perfect, but when producers noticed he didn’t have blue eyes, both the actor and the casting directors were fired. Producers though the young Nolte had a great voice and expressive eyes.

 

 

 

 

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A stage-actress, wowed producers with her range and ability to potray the blind sculptress/ love interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A working actor, producers fell in love with his voice and diction.

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine If: Swamp Thing, Release Date 1976

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

Films set in the south, outlaw country, these were all a thing. Producers brought in Tobe Hooper to oversee this adaptation, hoping to create a drive-thru cult film.

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Cash also did the soundtrack.

 

 

 

 

 

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A staple of the southern films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walking Tall star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

 

 

 

 

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Leatherface and now Swamp Thing, the 6’4″ Hanson was a favorite of Hooper.

 

Imagine If: Inhumans, Release Date 1970

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

Preceding the theatrical releases of Buck Rodgers and Battlestar Galactica by many, and setting the stage for the 1970s scifi boom, the studio decided to release the 2 hour premiere for their new television show in the theaters.

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It was all about the jaw and glare for the silent leader of the Inhumans.

 

 

 

 

 

WWeaOuJMedusa- Ann-Margret

Sexy with an commanding presence, Ann-Margret carved her own niche in Hollywood, and embraced this role, the fact that she was well known as a red head already only added to her appeal.

 

 

 

 

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One of the first actors to achieve success due to his martial arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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His physical presence impressed producers, but his voice convinced them there was no other choice.

 

 

 

 

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She came to Hollywood to make it as a singer, and was the singing voice of Melody from Josie and the Pussycats, producers saw here and realized she could do even better in front of the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Star of the stage and screen, producers took a shot at trying to get Perkins to do television, and he fell in love with the story and role.