The Birds of Prey

Casting the Birds of Prey

I'm a major film buff, and I enjoy mentally casting movies which they'll never make — or never make right! — based on my favorite books and comics. If you have some ideas of your own you'd like to share, please send them to me. But here are my own "picks" for several Birds of Prey-related role


Allies :: Guest Stars :: The Bativerse

Guest Stars

Karen Starr :: Powergirl

PowergirlJeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan
('Seven of Nine' on Star Trek: Voyager)
I'm really only familiar with this character from Supergirl and Birds of Prey and the way she's been written in both books is as someone with quite a chip on her shoulder and a whole boatload of aloof attitude (plus she's kind of arrogant). Don't want to typecast Ms. Ryan, but she'd certainly be good for the role.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP 12


Ted Kord :: Blue Beetle

Blue BeetleNicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage
('Castor Troy' on Face/Off)
I'm really only familiar with this character from Supergirl and Birds of Prey and the way she's been written in both books is as someone with quite a chip on her shoulder and a whole boatload of aloof attitude (plus she's kind of arrogant). Don't want to typecast Ms. Ryan, but she'd certainly be good for the role.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP 15


Jason Bard ::

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
('Ed' on EdTV)
Scruffy, intelligent, rakish, and I always sort of thought Jason had a Southern Gentlemanly edge to his character.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP 15


Selina Kyle :: Catwoman

CatwomanElizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley
('Vanessa Kensington' on Austin Power: International Man of Mystery)
So what if Selina would never have a British accent! I think Liz would make a terrific Catwoman. She certainly has gorgeous, feline eyes and the proper sultry looks and 'tude.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP 12


Nick Devine ::

Adrian Paul

Adrian Paul
('Duncan MacLeod' on Highlander)
Oh, yeah, he can be a charismatic con man. Anyway, I wish someone would cast him in something new! *sigh*

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): One Man's Hell


Galiant ::

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz
('Angel' on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
He's certainly up to the task of playing just the kind of guy Dinah goes for. Boreanaz's turn as the evil Angelus on Buffy was a revelation, and it would be a lot of fun to see him play a proper bad boy who turns out to not be so bad after all...

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): Revolution


Archer Braun ::

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt
('Jeffrey Goines' on Twelve Monkeys)
I just think it'd be fun to watch him play the piggish heartbreaker who causes such three very different women as Black Canary, Huntress, and Catwoman to want vengeance... make a fun movie, wouldn't it?

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): Manhunt miniseries; Series regular as of #57


Lady Shiva Woosan ::

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh
('Wai Lin' on Tomorrow Never Dies)
Look, Ma! A Bond girl who can really kick major butt! Yeoh is also a fun actress to watch and her martial arts moves are legit. She'd be an excellent Shiva, able to portray not only the martial expertise but also Shiva's ghoulish joy in her ultimate victories.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): Manhunt miniseries; Series regular as of #57


Craig Windrow ::

Christian Slater

Christian Slater
('Clarence Worley' on True Romance)
The ex-Mr. Dinah Lance and a guy who can't stay out of trouble. Plus he has those bad-boy looks Dinah goes for. I think Slater fits the bill.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): Wolves


:: Spellbinder

SpellbinderNicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman
('Satine' on Moulin Rouge)
Wouldn't she be fun to watch in this role? Kidman's an impressive actress and especially in the Birds of Prey: Batgirl one-shot, Spellbinder really gets to chew the scenery. 'Course she'd also be very good as Babs herself.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): Birds of Prey: Batgirl


Jade :: Cheshire

CheshireLucy Lui

Lucy Lui
('Ling' on Ally McBeal)
If you've seen Payback, then you know that Lui totally has what it takes to play a ruthless and at least somewhat psychotic mass murderer (with a soft spot for her hero ex-honey and their daughter). She'd also make a terrific Shiva or Catwoman.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP: Ravens


:: Vicious

ViciousCameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz
('Natalie Cook' on Charlie's Angels)
Not that Vicious has been really fleshed out as a character, but she is the completely whacked out one of the three Ravens, delighting in utter mayhem and destruction. The evil twin of Diaz's Angel's character.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP: Ravens


:: Pistolera

PistoleraJoey Lauren Adams

Joey Lauren Adams
('Alyssa Jones' on Chasing Amy)
Again, not much of a developed character to work with here, but Pistolera has a background as Gunbunny in the Batbooks; she's very good at what she does (shoot things), is amoral, and is the comparatively calmer and more pragmatic blonde of the two who round out Cheshire's Ravens team.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP: Ravens


:: Lady Vic

Lady VicKate Winslet

Kate Winslet
('Rose DeWitt Bukater' on Titanic)
She's perfect for the character and certainly has the lush figure and lovely accent. She's a really amazing actress as well, which she proved right out of the gate with her first role in Heavenly Creatures, and it would be fun to see her play a full-fledged villain.

Character's First BoP Appearance(s): BoP 19