It was recently confirmed that the Justice League Dark film, long thought to just be a pipe dream of Guillermo del Toro, is actually in development at Warner Bros! Doug Liman was announced as the director. No release date has been confirmed but one would assume that we should be getting some announcements soon. One of those announcements will no doubt be the cast. When these films are announced fans all over the world throw their two cents in as to who should play which character and why. Often, especially when it comes to DC, an announcement will be made and people will be . . . Shall we say . . . Less than excited?
Personally, I love James Franco. I think he's a terrific actor with a lot of range. However, I feel as though Dave has not been challenged yet as an actor. While I loved his performances in 21 Jump Street and Neighbors, he seems to always be playing the cocky asshole. But that's ok because Deadman is kind of a cocky asshole. However, there needs to be more underneath the character. It's a lonely existence not being able to communicate with anyone and being a ghost for, seemingly, all of eternity. I'd love to see Franco step outside of his comfort zone and try something just a little different. I love it when actors play against type and give amazing performances. I think you'll find that comic book/superhero films are the best way to do that. Especially a film like this which will no doubt be filled with a lot of spectacle, action, and (in this case) horror, there needs to be a cast that surprises everyone. In my opinion, the DCEU has been great at that so far. Let's give this young actor a chance to shine.