It feels like ages ago, but back in the 1990’s writer/director Kevin Smith could do no wrong in the eyes of comic book fans. His movies were for comic geeks like me, and his work on Marvel’s Daredevil, made the character relevant again. It seemed like everything he touched turned to gold.
But things soon began to change, at least for me. After Smith bailed on the Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target mini-series after one issue, then took three years to finish the Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do mini, I jumped off the Kevin Smith bandwagon.
Now we get to the point of this post. Over the weekend I picked up an old issue of Wizard, and lo and behold, the magazine’s regular Casting Call section was written by Smith.
In issue #92 of Wizard: The Comics Magazine, Kevin Smith revealed his dream cast for the never produced “Superman Lives.” For those who don’t remember Smith wrote a script for Warner Bros. based on the Death of Superman arc.
His account of the events have become legendary, and if you haven’t heard the full story, do yourself a favor and google it. Smith’s script was eventually tossed aside by director Tim Burton, and the movie was never made.
Anywho, I don’t know if Kevin Smith was being sarcastic or not, but in Wizard #92 he chose the actors he envisioned playing the Superman characters. His list is well, different.
Kevin Smith wanted Ben Affleck to play Clark Kent and Superman, while Linda Fiorentino stars as Lois Lane. As the evil Lex Luthor, Smith wanted Jack Nicholson in the role, and Famke Janssen as Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy, John Mahoney would play Perry White, and his “Frasier” co-star David Hyde Pierce would be The Eradicator. Michael Keaton pops up for a came as Batman. And Joey Lauren Adams appears as Cat Grant.
Then Smith’s casting choices went a little wonky. For some reason he thought Jason Lee would be a great Brainiac, and naturally, Jason Mewes had to play Jimmy Olsen. Hang on, ’cause you ain’t seen nothing yet. For the role of Doomsday (the guy who killed Supes) Kevin Smith cast Walt Flanagan. You may remember him from “Comic Book Men.” And finally, Kevin SMith has Meryl Streep and playing two polar bears.
Again, I don’t know how serous Smith was. I’m sure some of this is meant to be funny, but this is KevinSmith, so you never know.