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The Line it is Drawn #154 – When Superhero Movie Casting Goes Wrong!

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

The theme is “What if…?” You come up with the description for an issue of What If…? (whatever comic book company you’d like) and our artists will come up with what they think the end result of that What If…? would be.

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

With the recent announcement that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the next Batman movie, this week’s theme will be really odd superhero movie casting. Suggest an odd actor or celebrity for a role in a superhero film as either a superhero or a supervillain. Cher as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, that sort of thing.


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

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@pattonoswalt as MODOK per the suggestion of @ThisAmerLife

Brendan Tobin is the artist for this one. Here is his website.



Zach Gallifinakis as Marvels’s Hercules

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website.



Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Batman and Robin.

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.



Pee Wee Herman as The Phantom Stranger.

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.



John Goodman and Jeff Bridges as Booster Gold and Blue Beetle

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in, she found her mind in a brown paper bag within. She tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high. She tore her mind on a jagged sky. She just dropped in to see what condition her condition was in. Yeah, yeah, oh yeah, what condition her condition was in? If you want to see what condition Amanda Rodgers condition is in, you can check out her website here.



Oprah as Amanda Waller

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.



Peter Dinklage as Lobo.

Steve Howard is the artist for this one. Here is his website.



Humphrey Bogart as Batman

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.



Jerry Seinfeld as Superman


Patton Oswalt as Green Lantern


Louis CK as Green Arrow, Jerry Seinfeld as Superman, Zach Galifianakis as Batman


The long-awaited Wonder Woman movie, starring Sarah Silverman

ALL of those suggestions were used by Paul Hostetler, who did the art for this one. Here is his website.



Danny DeVito as Thor!

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.



Elvis as Shazam!

The returning Robert Rath did the art for this one. Here is his website.



Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder as Power Man and Iron Fist

Nick Perks is the artist for this one, as well. Here is his website.


Fantastic work, everyone! Ben Affleck now looks like an inspired choice in comparison!

Okay, people, go tweet us What If…? ideas!


I’d watch the hell out of that Power Man/Iron Fist movie!!

Elvis as Shazam is also great.

“When superhero casting goes RIGHT”

There, I fixed your headline.

While this column is always good, this week is especially good. There’s no way I could pick one as my favorite.

Pee Wee Herman made me laugh out loud. Lot of subtlety there. And Pryor/Wilder is great.

I would buy a series based on any of these.

I didn’t think we’d have a week better than the Muppets a few weeks ago. This tops it.
Great work!!

Best version of Heroes For Hire ever. Too bad this idea is 30 years too late.

heros for hire
even if i have to dig up Richard Pryor’s coked out body

I truly weep that we will never see that “Heroes for Hire” movie :(

Hands down, the best installment of TLIID ever.

“Elvis as Shazam!”

Appropriate since the “White JumpSuit” Elvis’ look was inspired by Catpain Marvel, Jr!

These were all extremely hilarious this week. Great job everyone!

That Oprah had me laughing out loud. Brilliant job by all parties.

The Dude for the win! Fantastic! Obviously, Steve Buscemi/Donny played Maxwell Lord, and those are his ashes in the Folger’s can/urn. If only Martian Manhunter was a little green Marmot in the background…

The “Better Dial Dent” billboard is great…but shouldn’t Two-Face really be Gus Fring? Hmm, tough call.

Every single one was excellent.

Dare I say it? Best TLIID ever.

I, too, would pay to see that Power Man/Iron Fish movie.


August 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

It seems like I keep saying this every other week or something, but yeah, this might just be the best week yet!

All were so good. If I had to pick a favorite I guess I’d go with the Heroes For Hire, that movie would have ruled my childhood!

Every single one is AWESOME, as always, but extra kudos go to Ophra as Amanda Waller. :)

Raymond Wonsowski

August 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Holy fragamoley, I would watch the HELL out of that Heroes for Hire movie…Ridiculously full of WIN…

The Oprah Suicide Squad and the Pryor/Wilder Heroes For Hire are tied for being the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. I still can’t stop chuckling…

Clearly, Bill Walko remembers my name

damn, power man is STUPID!

The Line It Is Cast ;-)

Fantastic work everybody!

Scrolling down a webpage is, surprisingly, the best medium to enjoy that Pee Wee Herman – Phantom Stranger piece in. As I scrolled, I was like… “Okay, Pee Wee Herman, this could be funny… there he is on the wall… I don’t… I mean, he just changed the face a little, what does…”

::gets to legs::

“Oh my god, AWESOME.”

Good job, Professor Xum.

My favorite was the Bogart/ Bacall piece as Batman and Catwoman.Great likenesses.
If comics had made their way into movies back then, with major stars sought to play these roles, I would have loved seeing that casting, instead of what we got in the two serials.

I love them all.

However, while the Breaking Bad/Bat parody seems to be putting more of the role into the comics casting than the actor, I’d wouldn’t be adverse to buying an animated Batman feature with Cranston voicing the lead (as opposed to where he did Gordon in Batman Year One).

In the spirit of the title, total fail. None of them sink to the level of Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, much less Schwartzenegger as Mr. Freeze.

But as incredible ideas even more masterfully executed than have ever been witnessed in TLIID, or anywhere on the entire planet for all of known history, YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, someone get James Asmus that last image, stat!

Basara: That’s an interesting idea, but I’d be sad to lose him as Gordon. I daresay that was my favorite Gordon voice ever. He CRUSHED it.

So, Brian, I gotta ask: Did anyone submit James Spader as Ultron?

Paul Reubens was funny, but missed a good “Against the menace of Jambi!” blurb opportunity. Oprah was inspired.

I kept thinking whichever one I was looking at was my favorite, and then I’d scroll down and think that again. And again. This was an amazing week. Looking back over them all, I’d probably go with Oprah/Waller or Patton/MODOK, but just by a hair. The addition of Posehn at the bottom of the MODOK drawing might just put it over the top.

Holy cow, these are all really, really great this week! Kudos to all the artists, y’all killed it. :) If forced to choose a favorite, I’d have to pick Xum Yukinori’s Stranger, which is just perfect. Steve Howard’s Lobo wins the Intercontinental belt with those perfect eyes. :)

I often don’t recognize the lyrics that Brian uses for Amanda Rodgers, but of all things to pick up on, why the First Edition??

Sean… thanks for sparing us a Herculean upskirt shot ;)

I often don’t recognize the lyrics that Brian uses for Amanda Rodgers, but of all things to pick up on, why the First Edition??

If you don’t know the reason, then you’re missing out on a really cool movie!

A Batman movie with Bogie and Bacall would be completely worth seeing!

Elvis as Shazam isn’t so far-fetched, when you look at some of those jumpsuits he wore….:-)

Wilder and Pryor would have been an entertaining movie, too.

… And Dr. Phil as Simon LaGrieve.

The actual picture won’t show up on my screen for some reason, but Seinfeld might actually have made for a pretty decent Silver Age version of Superman…

Brian, I’ve seen The Big Lebowski. Was that song in there? God, I have a terrible memory. About all I remember is that it was good, and John Goodman yelled a lot. Sigh…

Amazing work guys — Robert, that Elvis is briiliant.

To whoever was suggesting fring as 2 face: The reason it makes sense w/ Saul Goodman is that Dent was an attourney

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