David Oyelowo as Martian Manhunter
Depth, that’s the single most important factor for anyone playing Martian Manhunter. David Oyelowo’s ability to embody complex characters and deliver nuanced performances make him an ideal choice for a role like Martian Manhunter. Oyelowo’s standout performances include his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, a conflicted spy in A Most Wanted Man, and a desperate father in Interstellar. He has also showcased his talent in TV shows like Spooks and Small Axe.
J’onn J’onzz, also known as Martian Manhunter, is a beloved character in the DC Universe. As a shapeshifting alien from Mars with a vast array of powers and abilities, fans have longed to see him portrayed on the big screen in all his glory. And with Oyelowo in the role, we’re confident that he would do justice to the character and bring him to life in a way that fans have always imagined.
In a solo Martian Manhunter film, we could see the backstory of the character, exploring his life on Mars and the events that led him to come to Earth. The film could delve into his struggles as an alien trying to fit in with human society, as well as his efforts to protect the planet from threats both alien and domestic. With Oyelowo’s acting range, he would be able to convey the complex emotions and struggles that come with being a Martian on Earth.
As for the eventual Justice League film, Martian Manhunter could play a pivotal role as a founding member of the team. And who knows, with the right script and direction, a Martian Manhunter film could be the catalyst for an even bigger expansion of the DC Universe. Regé-Jean Page would be another great choice.