Who Should Play the "Forgotten" Hero?
If Aquaman is the one member of the Justice League that late night talk show hosts and sketch comics like to pick on for having "useless" powers like breathing underwater and communicating with marine life, Martian Manhunter is the one that nobody picks on...or even mentions...ever. The "forgotten" member of the Justice League, Martian Manhunter has been a member of the super-team since they first gathered together in the pages of The Brave and the Bold #28 (Feb./Mar. 1960) and is actually the most powerful of them all, possessing all of Superman's abilities, plus telepathy, invisibility, phasing and shape-shifting.
Martian Manhunter has received wider recognition in recent years thanks to appearances in various animated series, video games, and in the Smallville: Absolute Justice TV movie (played by Phil Morris), but he is still the only member of the Justice League that does not have a live-action movie in development at Warner Bros. If Martian Manhunter does appear on the big screen, chances are it will be as part of the ensemble Justice League movie, which will definitely need an actor of color — when not battling global threats, Martian Manhunter frequently operates in disguise as an African-American police detective named John Jones — to lend some diversity to its roster of superheroes. Join us in our hunt to find the right man to play the Martian Manhunter.
Select the Top 10 Actors Who Could Play Martian Manhunter >>
Posted 10.12.12 by BrentJS
Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Djimon Hounsou has no problem playing a monster on screen... as long as the part's writer has a good pedigree.
Hounsou last played the monstrous Caliban in 2010's adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Now, he's set to play a far more terrible creature in Paradise Lost, an adaptation of John Milton's 17-century poem. According to Deadline, Hounsou will play Abdiel, the angel of death. Bradley Cooper is set to play Lucifer and Benjamin Walker the chief archangel Michael. more about the Paradise Lost movie >> Posted 08.25.11 by BrentJS
After telling io9 that he would be interested in playing Marvel's African superhero king, T'Challa, aka the Black Panther, in a live-action role, numerous comic book- and movie-themed sites starved for any news about comic book movie adaptations began to run articles saying that actor Djimon Hounsou was pursuing the part in The Black Panther movie, which at this time is only being considered by Marvel and is not a greenlit production. In a recent interview with MovieWeb to promote his new movie, Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Hounsou, who gave voice to the character in BET's short-lived The Black Panther animated series, said that he was "a little bit floored" by the rumors of a Black Panther movie that sprang up after his statements to io9 and attempted to set the record straight about his knowledge of Marvel's plans for the character. read what Hounsou said about the recent rumor >> Posted 12.08.10 by BrentJS
During this year's Comic-Con, Marvel president Kevin Feige mentioned The Black Panther as one of several possible adaptations that could fill Marvel's post-Avengers slate. A movie adaptation was rumored as early as 1992, with Wesley Snipes hoping to play the role and, in 2007, director John Singleton was reportedly attached to the project, but a Black Panther movie has yet to be made. Created in 1966, the Black Panther was Marvel's first black superhero. The character became a member of The Avengers in 1968.
Actor Djimon Hounsou provided the voice for the character in an animated series earlier this year, and told io9 that he'd like to play the character in a live-action, stand alone movie. Get in line >> Posted 12.07.10 by Ryan