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Casting notice for Martian Manhunter and Max Lord in Justice League movie

Jun. 13, 2014by: Alex Maidy

After yesterday's reveal of the future for the DC Cinematic Universe over the next four years, many were curious as to certain omissions from the schedule. With no Batman solo movie and no hint of Martian Manhunter being included in JUSTICE LEAGUE, many felt that maybe the slate was bogus. Another reveal came today that may lend a little more creedence to that outline and it comes in the form of two roles.

Jeff Sneider of The Wrap tweeted the following screenshot of a casting agency's grid for open roles in the JUSTICE LEAGUE film. Granted, casting calls are not the be all end all for a movie's plot or final structure, but take a look at the names on it.

If Martian Manhunter is in fact in JUSTICE LEAGUE, it is not far of a leap to consider the possible appearance of Darkseid. Darkseid is a Thanos/Galactus level villain and one of the biggest foes in all of DC Comics. Bringing him into the mix would be a huge decision and would present a foe that would warrant heroes like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter coming together for battle.

The other character listed, Max Lord, is best known as a villain but could also be set up, similarly to Sinestro in the GREEN LANTERN film, as the force behind the creation of the Justice League before turning into a full bad guy. He also could provide an alternative human villain to Lex Luthor (human depending on which continuity you follow). If this listing is any indicator, Max Lord may be the primary antagonist in JUSTICE LEAGUE with Darkseid teased for a future film.

There is no indicator from Sneider which site this casting notice comes from, but it does seem to fit in with all of the buzz floating around. I would say we really need to wait until Comic Con next month to be sure.

JUSTICE LEAGUE is slated to hit theaters in 2017.

Source: Twitter

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3:27AM on 06/16/2014

Tom Cruise as Max

Even though in the Giffen/DeMatteis run they sometimes had Max drawn to resemble Sam Neill. Man, I wish they were doing the movie based on that run...
Even though in the Giffen/DeMatteis run they sometimes had Max drawn to resemble Sam Neill. Man, I wish they were doing the movie based on that run...
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7:24PM on 06/15/2014
Lol I would've loved to be in the room when Goyer found out Martain Manhunter will be in the film.
"W- what do you MEAN they don't care about my opinion??"
Lol I would've loved to be in the room when Goyer found out Martain Manhunter will be in the film.
"W- what do you MEAN they don't care about my opinion??"
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6:36PM on 06/14/2014
I'd cast Mark Strong as Martian Manhunter.
I'd cast Mark Strong as Martian Manhunter.
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10:37AM on 06/14/2014
Max Lord would be a great addition, though you've got to hint his evil side or else he'll come off like an imitation Tony Stark. Darkseid is a classic villain, trouble is the Marvel imitation of him Thanos got onscreen first, show him in action taking on Superman or Manhunter right from the start to show off his difference.
Max Lord would be a great addition, though you've got to hint his evil side or else he'll come off like an imitation Tony Stark. Darkseid is a classic villain, trouble is the Marvel imitation of him Thanos got onscreen first, show him in action taking on Superman or Manhunter right from the start to show off his difference.
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1:43AM on 06/14/2014
It's funny how Maxwell Lord was a good guy for decades in the comics, but his final arc saw him go evil so that's the only version we'll ever see in a movie. Same thing happened to Bucky at Marvel. If they ever do Jason Todd in a Batman movie he'll probably be Red Hood within 45 minutes.
It's funny how Maxwell Lord was a good guy for decades in the comics, but his final arc saw him go evil so that's the only version we'll ever see in a movie. Same thing happened to Bucky at Marvel. If they ever do Jason Todd in a Batman movie he'll probably be Red Hood within 45 minutes.
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6:34AM on 06/14/2014
I liked how Maxwell Lord was portrayed in the Justice League animated series, as opportunistic but not necessarily evil.
I liked how Maxwell Lord was portrayed in the Justice League animated series, as opportunistic but not necessarily evil.
12:15AM on 06/14/2014
Love that Maxwell Lord is going to be in this. Adam Baldwin?
Love that Maxwell Lord is going to be in this. Adam Baldwin?
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8:16PM on 06/13/2014
For some reason, I always envisioned Laurence Fishburne or Benedict Cumberbatch voicing Martian Manhunter for some reason.
For some reason, I always envisioned Laurence Fishburne or Benedict Cumberbatch voicing Martian Manhunter for some reason.
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8:00PM on 06/13/2014
Yes please.......PLEASE!!???
Yes please.......PLEASE!!???
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6:28PM on 06/13/2014
If this turns out to be true then some one at that casting agency is going to be getting fired.Wonder Woman and Max Lord in the same movie makes sense considering what she does too him,now that would be a shocker to put on the big screen.As for Manhunter ,David Goyer who seems to write every DC movie(i`m guessing just so they can have from the writer of the Dark Knight in the trailer) has said ,'Goyer asked, How many people in the audience have heard of Martian Manhunter? After hearing some
If this turns out to be true then some one at that casting agency is going to be getting fired.Wonder Woman and Max Lord in the same movie makes sense considering what she does too him,now that would be a shocker to put on the big screen.As for Manhunter ,David Goyer who seems to write every DC movie(i`m guessing just so they can have from the writer of the Dark Knight in the trailer) has said ,'Goyer asked, How many people in the audience have heard of Martian Manhunter? After hearing some light applause and cheers, he added, How many people that raised their hands have ever been laid?

Way to fall back on outdated stereotypes of your core viewing audience.

After this, Goyer explained his take on the hero: Well, he hasnt been rebooted but hes a mainstay in the Justice League. He cant be fucking called the Martian Manhunter because thats goofy. He can be called Manhunter The whole deal with Martian Manhunter is hes an alien living amongst us So he comes down to Earth and decides, unlike Superman who already exists in the world now, that hes just going to be a homicide detective So instead of using super-powers and mind-reading and like, oh, I could figure out if the Presidents lying or whatever, he just decides to disguise himself as a human homicide detective. Dare to dream! [link]
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5:30PM on 06/13/2014
Darkseid and Thanos are the same character . Apocalypse is pretty similar as well. So the next three big comic book films coming out are all using slight variations of the exact same bad guy.

As for Manhunter, Jason Momoa is in the film so he'll most likely be Manhunter. He has the look.
Darkseid and Thanos are the same character . Apocalypse is pretty similar as well. So the next three big comic book films coming out are all using slight variations of the exact same bad guy.

As for Manhunter, Jason Momoa is in the film so he'll most likely be Manhunter. He has the look.
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9:25PM on 06/13/2014
in all fairness, Darth Vader looks uncannily like Doctor Doom.
in all fairness, Darth Vader looks uncannily like Doctor Doom.
7:29PM on 06/15/2014
Something's gonna flooooop. My money's on X-Men if they follow through on not bringing Singer back. Either that or these guy better be reeeeeally generous about scheduling their releases...lol
Something's gonna flooooop. My money's on X-Men if they follow through on not bringing Singer back. Either that or these guy better be reeeeeally generous about scheduling their releases...lol
9:50PM on 06/15/2014
Darkseid, Thanos, and Apocalypse are the same character? Thats retarded. Why? Because they share a color?
Darkseid, Thanos, and Apocalypse are the same character? Thats retarded. Why? Because they share a color?
3:45PM on 06/13/2014
Hmm Martian Manhunter. This is a guy I'd like to see as martian Manhunter: Adoni Maropis. [link]
Hmm Martian Manhunter. This is a guy I'd like to see as martian Manhunter: Adoni Maropis. [link]
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3:46PM on 06/13/2014
or Jay Giannone. He'd make a great MM. [link]
or Jay Giannone. He'd make a great MM. [link]
3:44PM on 06/13/2014
Did Jeff Sneider not include the part that says Darkseid? Or am I doing something wrong. MM and Max Lord, huh? They were supposed to be in George Miller's too. I wonder how much of that will come over.
Did Jeff Sneider not include the part that says Darkseid? Or am I doing something wrong. MM and Max Lord, huh? They were supposed to be in George Miller's too. I wonder how much of that will come over.
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3:23PM on 06/13/2014

So the not Man Of Steel/Justice League movie is coming out in 2 years.....

And yet they are casting a movie that is three years away when the lead in film hasn't even been completed?!
And yet they are casting a movie that is three years away when the lead in film hasn't even been completed?!
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