As promised, today we’ll try casting a few of the eponymous “Powers” that figure prominently into the first few story arcs of the Powers comic series by Brian Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
First up is the original “Retro Girl“, who is murdered in the very first story arc (“Who Killed Retro Girl?”), but who also appears in the occasional flashback scene. As with Deena Pilgrim, I think RG is supposed to be of average height (i.e., 5’6″ or less). I don’t know if her age was ever established or implied, but I always thought she was roughly in her mid-20s — maybe a little older — at the time of her death.
In my “More Mistakes in ‘Powers’ Casting” post, I suggested Emily Kinney (5’4.5″,b.1985) of “The Walking Dead” for the part of Retro-Girl I. I still think she’s a fair choice. Can’t you just see her with RG’s ponytail and cute little skirt, kicking butt with a big smile on her face?
Dakota Fanning (5’4″,b.1994) is another possibility. From the “Taken” mini-series to the Twilight Saga movies, Fanning already has an impressive body of genre work. She’s obviously pretty, young, and (usually) blonde. In fact, she’s barely 20 at this writing, so she may be too young. (That is, assuming the writers stick to RG having a history with Christian Walker from when he still had his powers.) But, Fanning has been playing mature-for-her-age characters since she was 7, so that probably wouldn’t be a problem.
I admit I’m not very familiar with Claire Holt (5’6.5″,b.1988) from “H2O: Just Add Water” and “The Vampire Diaries”. But, she has been working in this genre for several years; plus, she looks like she fits the bill physically and age-wise. Put her in costume, and she just might make a pretty cool Retro Girl.
Zora, as readers know, is another immortal like Walker. They met hundreds of years ago and have been friends (and, sometimes, lovers) since. She is a beautiful blonde who can be somewhat standoff-ish, even elitist, at times. Her appearance should be, I think, that of a normal human in roughly her mid-30s. I’m not sure about height, but I always got the impression she was a little taller than average. (Of course, my first candidate to play Zora is under 5’6″….)
I considered several actresses for the Zora role. The most notable honorable mentions are January Jones (5’6″,b.1978) X-Men: First Class, Tricia Helfer (5’10.5″,b.1974) of “Battlestar Galactica”, and Laura Vandervoort (5’6.5″,b.1984) of “Smallville” & “V”. But, Jones doesn’t have quite the look I’m hoping for, Helfer is a little too old, and Vandervoort is a little too young. So, it came down to these three lovelies:
Granted, Alice Eve (5’5.25″,b.1982) of Men in Black 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness is a bit shorter than preferred and just heading into her mid-30s. But, she’s just gorgeous, and I could really picture her as Zora. Even her native British accent might work for the character.
Probably best known (at least, among genre fans) for her role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Kristanna Loken (5’11”,b.1979) has been in a number of genre productions — e.g., BloodRayne, “Burn Notice”, Dark Power, Hunting the Phantom. I haven’t watched her in anything since the first few episodes of “Painkiller Jane”. But, she has the beauty, physicality, and action/sci-fi experience to play a rockin’ Zora.
Then, of course, there is the butt-kickin’ Aussie from “Chuck”, “Dexter”, I, Frankenstein, and “24: Live Another Day” — Yvonne Strahovski (5’9.25″,b.1982). She also seems like a great match for Zora. I can definitely imagine her as a high-flyin’, baddie-beatin’ superheroine and confidante of Det. Christian Walker!
Triphammer is another supporting character that ends up playing prominently in at least a couple story arcs. As with the other Retro Girl and Zora, he is an old friend and former associate of Walker’s from his days as the masked hero Diamond. Triphammer (aka Harley Cohen) has no powers of his own but is a brilliant inventor whose inventions include a formidable suit of armor. He appears to be several years older than the others do — roughly in his 50s, I’d say –, with gray/silver hair in (if I remember right) a ponytail. He is in good physical shape, and I’d guess he is roughly 6′ tall, give or take.
Personally, I think Triphammer sort of looks like country-Western legend Willie Nelson. Also, actor Muse Watson (6’1″,b.1948) would be almost perfect for the role, if he wasn’t already in his mid-60s. (Follow the link to see what I mean.) But, I came up with some pretty good candidates….
Bruce Campbell (6’1″.b.1958) — star of the Evil Dead / Army of Darkness movies — is a camp horror legend. He’s the oldest of my three candidates, but I think he fits the bill for Triphammer quite nicely. (Assuming, of course, that he slims down a bit for the role.) Just picture him with Triphammer’s mustache and hair! The only problem would be trying to keep from making the character’s personality more lighthearted or goofy, like Campbell’s.
Now, I couldn’t find a listing for John Pyper-Ferguson‘s (?,b.1964) height anywhere. But, I’m guessing he’s around 5’10” or so. You may remember him from shows like “Caprica”, “Alphas”, and the recent hit “The Last Ship”. He’s barely 50 years old, so on the young end for this particular part. But, he’s certainly talented enough, and I can definitely see him as our armored hero, Triphammer.
Finally, we have Titus Welliver (5’11.75″,b.1961), who has quite a resume — e.g., “The X-Files”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Jericho”, “Prison Break”, “Lost”, “Grimm”, “Touch”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “The Last Ship”. Anyway,… it’s understandable why the producers of the live-action “Powers” series originally cast Welliver as Triphammer. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but now that I’ve thought about it some more, I can see him as a pretty good choice. Unfortunately, the revamped show apparently will not be using the character for awhile (if at all), because as of this writing no “Triphammer” or “Harley Cohen” appears in the series cast on IMDB.
That does it for our “Powers”. Well, the good guys, anyway. Next week, we’ll finish up by looking at a villainous “Power”, plus a couple of supporting characters in the police department.