BOOSTER GOLD: 7 Actors Who Could Play The DCU's Time-Travelling Celebrity Superhero

BOOSTER GOLD: 7 Actors Who Could Play The DCU's Time-Travelling Celebrity Superhero

With rumours swirling that DC Studios is close to casting its Booster Gold, we're taking a look at the actors we think would be a good fit to bring the time-travelling hero to life in the new DCU...

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By JoshWilding - May 20, 2024 12:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Booster Gold

DC Studios is developing Booster Gold as a TV series for Max. While rumours of production beginning imminently appear to be incorrect, it seems casting may be heating up as the DCU readies itself for a superhero unlike any other. 

In the comics, Mike Carter was a college football star in the 25th Century who ruined his career by wagering money on his own games. Forced to take a job as a security guard in the Metropolis Space Museum, he stole future tech to travel back in time and become a "superhero" (all while hoping to monetise being a good guy).  

He'd later become a genuine time-travelling superhero and is a character who might be a game-changer for the DCU. While casting such a complex character won't be easy, we have some suggestions which could do Booster justice both on streaming and in theaters. 

To see who we think would be a good fit for the role, simply click on the "Next"/"View List" buttons below. 

7. Antony Starr


Best known for his role as Homelander in The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Antony Starr likely seems an odd suggestion on the surface. 

After all, we've seen him play a terrifying, unhinged villain extremely well for the past few years. However, giving him a chance to do something different as an actor would be no bad thing, and we think Starr would enjoy sinking his teeth into the fun of playing a washed-up football star who travels back in time to pose as a superhero.

Interestingly, Starr and DC Studios boss James Gunn started following each other on social media this weekend, right as rumours of Booster Gold being cast have begun circulating online...

6. Dan Stevens


Many of you will remember Dan Stevens best for his breakout roles in The Guest and Legion. He continues to be one of Hollywood's most unappreciated actors, though, something that's evident from his scene-stealing turns in Abigail and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire this year.

Another superhero role is long overdue and we think Booster Gold is a near-perfect fit. For starters, working on the character's all-American charm and avoiding making him too zany will be a must for Stevens.

Once he's nailed that, we've every reason to believe he'll do this hero justice in the DCU. Booster is a little nuts, of course, and we're sure the actor can dial it back enough to make sure audiences buy his transformation into a card-carrying member of the Justice League.

5. Glen Powell


We're well aware that Glen Powell's name is cropping up in lists like these on a regular basis. There's good reason for that, however, and a superhero role feels like the natural next step as his star continues to rise. 

He's impressed in the likes of Top Gun: Maverick and Anyone But You, and it's the cockiness and swagger he's shown in those movies which have left us convinced he'd be a better fit for Booster Gold than, say, Batman or Green Lantern. 

Picturing Powell suited up as Booster is effortless and, of all the actors here, we think he'd gel best with Xolo Maridueña's Blue Beetle. The fact he's a little younger than many of the other suggestions here also goes in his favour. 

4. Alan Ritchson


Another name we're sure you'll remember seeing in various DCU casting suggestions is Alan Ritchson. No stranger to superheroes after starring in Smallville and Titans, he's said on multiple occasions that he'd love to don Batman's cape and cowl. 

It's a compelling suggestion, albeit one we believe is topped by Booster Gold. Similar to Powell, there's a confidence the Reacher star exudes on screen which instantly brings to mind the sort of cockiness and self-assuredness which makes Booster so interesting. 

Ritchson also has the potential to bring a harder edge to the time-traveller, something we've seen in slightly more serious stories revolving around the hero in recent years. 

3. Asher Angel


Asher Angel is a major talent, something that was evident from the fact he outshined Zachary Levi in the largely disappointing Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Heck, many fans now want to see him replace the Chuck alum as the DCU's Big Red Cheese!

It's an interesting suggestion, sure. In our minds, though, Angel would be better served by playing a different character. As Booster Gold, he'd be quite a bit younger than every other actor listed here and even how the wannabe hero is typically portrayed on the page. 

Still, making him Blue Beetle's contemporary rather than a mentor has a certain appeal to it. So too does giving Angel the chance to make Booster his own over several years. 

2. Chris Pratt


Perhaps the most obvious suggestion on this list, there's arguably no better way to bring Chris Pratt into Gunn's DCU than by casting Guardians of the Galaxy's Star-Lord as this Justice League member. 

We have no doubt whatsoever that he'd be a great fit for the character, but is this too on the nose? Booster Gold and Peter Quill are very different, yes, though Pratt might benefit more from taking on a less comedic role instead of suiting up as yet another wise-cracking goof. 

On the other hand, there's a genuine complexity to Booster Gold that he could find in the DCU. After all, going from being a failed celebrity to a money-chasing fraud and, eventually, a bona fide superhero is quite the journey! 

1. John Krasinski


After starring in The Office, John Krasinski has become a legit action hero thanks to projects like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Jack Ryan. He's also proven himself behind the camera, helming A Quiet Place and its sequel as well as this past weekend's If.

We'd hoped Krasinski might play the MCU's Mister Fantastic following his Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cameo, only for the role to go to Pedro Pascal instead.

Now, DC Studios can make up for Marvel Studios' mistake by casting him as the DCU's Booster Gold. We know Krasinski has the comedic chops for the character and, crucially, that he'd make for a convincing superhero when the time comes for Booster to show us what he's really made of. 

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Origame - 5/20/2024, 12:11 PM
Ok, Glen Powell has perfected the loveable a$$hole role. It should go to him.
TheFinestSmack - 5/20/2024, 12:14 PM
At least Josh picked actors that look the part. Credit due.
HermanM - 5/20/2024, 1:27 PM
@TheFinestSmack - Yep I was waiting for the token race replaced choice. I was surprised!
TheFinestSmack - 5/20/2024, 2:32 PM
@HermanM - By spot number 4 i was like, "Terry Crews is going to be #1 isn't he..."
DocSpock - 5/20/2024, 12:16 PM

Powell would be good.

But stop trying to put Ritchson in lesser roles.

He should be Batman or Hal Jordan.

lazlodaytona - 5/20/2024, 12:28 PM
@DocSpock - I disagree sir. See my post.
Still love u the best Doc!
TheVisionary25 - 5/20/2024, 12:23 PM
I can’t really see Starr ,Krasinski or Asher as Booster…

Pratt is an obvious but good choice as is Powell imo , Stevens is a good shout too honestly (dude has comedic & dramatic chops) so that’s inspired since I didn’t think of him…

My choice would be Billy Magnussen.

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TheRose - 5/20/2024, 12:27 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I logged in to say the same thing. He can capture the seriousness alongside the comedic elements. Billy for Booster!
RolandD - 5/20/2024, 12:24 PM
Glen Powell should be Hal Jordan.
TheVisionary25 - 5/20/2024, 12:26 PM
@RolandD - yep

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They better get to him before Marvel gets him for Cyclops 😏
KennKathleen - 5/20/2024, 12:25 PM
My picks:

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KennKathleen - 5/20/2024, 12:28 PM
@KennKathleen - Ryan Kwanten or Sean Williams Scott
lazlodaytona - 5/20/2024, 12:29 PM
@KennKathleen - never even thought of those 2 but they'd be PERFECT
Batmangina - 5/20/2024, 7:52 PM
@KennKathleen - Holy shit - the dumb guy from True Blood is [frick]ing PERFECT. Whatever happened to him?
KennKathleen - 5/20/2024, 9:53 PM
@Batmangina - lol, I do wonder myself. Looks like he grew up...

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lazlodaytona - 5/20/2024, 12:27 PM
Alan Ritchson was born to play Guy Gardner.

However, the next best perfect piece of casting for him would be Booster Gold. If you've seen Blue Mountain State you know he's golden (pun intended) for a swarmy, smart-ass, wanna be superhero.

He can do comedy, action , self-depreciating, dramatic acting all in one. I hope he gets the chance for this.
supermanrex - 5/20/2024, 12:28 PM

Alan Ritchson is Batman....PERIOD

Anthony Starr is a Narcissistic Kryptonite snorting Ultra Man ALL [frick]ING DAY!!!

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lazlodaytona - 5/20/2024, 12:31 PM
@supermanrex - if Gunn has any credicentials, then no.
TheVisionary25 - 5/20/2024, 12:46 PM
@supermanrex - I’m still not fully sold on Ritchson but dude certainly has the presence for Bats.

My choice is still Brandon Sklenar


I could see Start as Reverse Flash aswell.
supermanrex - 5/20/2024, 1:17 PM
@TheVisionary25 - have you seen alan in reacher. he can play a seriously mean emotionally detached hero with a heart of gold. his piecing together evidence and analytical skills in reacher are Batman to a T. Plus he would probably be the biggest and most physically imposing bruce wayne/batman in history. no need for costume six packs and pecks with this dude. hes proving he can be brutal in costume fighting as well from his stint as hawk in titans.
TheVisionary25 - 5/20/2024, 1:18 PM
@supermanrex - oh I have and I agree he could pull off it Batman

It’s just the Bruce Wayne side I’m unsure about.
supermanrex - 5/20/2024, 1:27 PM
@TheVisionary25 - well if they are going to do true Batman then there is no bruce wayne. Batman and Bruce are the same. reacher is basically how bruce wayne acts around his family and friends who know his Identity. there is no separation. dude will give his life ten times over for the planet but will refuse to laugh at a knock knock joke or be absolutely terrible at reading the room when levity has entered the conversations he is having with family and friends. the rich playboy persona he only has to half ass just as much as bruce half assess in the comics. he really doesn't put a lot of effort into that side of his life.
TheVisionary25 - 5/20/2024, 1:32 PM
@supermanrex - true I suppose

Though I will say Bats does have a sense of humor , it’s just very dry aswe have seen in the DCAU

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supermanrex - 5/20/2024, 1:40 PM
@TheVisionary25 - reacher had shitty jokes too when he tried to be funny lol. the person on the other end of batmans convo should all be like "bitch i thought your cape hardened into a glider when you need it" LOL
WhateverItTakes - 5/20/2024, 12:34 PM
7 Actors who could play booster gold

1. His brother
2 Chris Pratt
3. John Batista
4. Jennifer Hollands brother
5. James Gunns wife's brother
6. Bradley Cooper
7. Himself
Lokiwasright - 5/20/2024, 1:01 PM
Why can't another skin colour play booster?
Twenty23Three - 5/20/2024, 2:38 PM
@Lokiwasright - has already happened, so no reason
ModHaterSLADE - 5/20/2024, 1:08 PM
Pratt with Jake Gyllenhaal as Ted Kord.
HermanM - 5/20/2024, 1:27 PM
Chris Pratt would be perfect as Booster Gold.
Superspecialawesomeguy - 5/20/2024, 1:32 PM
I always thought that Billy Magnussen would be great as Booster.

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mgeoff88 - 5/20/2024, 1:42 PM
Glen Powell for Hal Jordan. As for Booster, my pick would be Sean William Scott.
Ghoul - 5/20/2024, 2:23 PM
I know it’s an out there choice, but I think there’s some potential in choosing John Mulaney! He could do the usual Marvel Bulk Up routine, he’s actually a fairly tall guy, has the humor obviously and close enough to the look. It would be out there but potentially great!
SuperJefe - 5/20/2024, 2:30 PM

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IronSpider101 - 5/20/2024, 2:33 PM
My pick remains Dennis Reynolds aka Glen Howerton
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KennKathleen - 5/20/2024, 10:05 PM
@IronSpider101 - lol I was just getting my gif together to see him as Hal! Widdoufudderado-
Twenty23Three - 5/20/2024, 2:39 PM
Scott Eastwood has dropped off the face the the earth. He’s work
KennKathleen - 5/20/2024, 10:15 PM
Rearanging & Double dosing on Glens:

Flash: Glen Powell

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Hal Jordan: Glen Dayman

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cubichy - 5/20/2024, 10:53 PM
This is a bad choice, get the primary characters right and universe settled, before you take on comedy and ridiculous. There are so many better heroes to develop, skip gold altogether. trash.

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