First, it's interesting to see Warner Bros. headline Jessica Biel as the star of their future Justice League of America project (and possible Wonder Woman spin-off). Yes, she's a known commodity. But is she really that big of a movie star yet?
Secondly, remember when Kiefer wasn't the guy on 24, but headlined his own feature films? Or at least was packaged as THE GUY in a lot of Young Hollywood ensembles of the late 80s / early 90s?
Biel is only the first rumored IT GIRL for Justice League, which, like its classic animated series counterpart, will bring together a host of famous DC Comics characters, including Superman, Batman, the Flash and Aquaman.
But who could be cast next? Who should be next? Who are the other genuinely hot IT-actors of today? Or in other words, who is the Kiefer Sutherland Lost Boy, the Tom Cruise Outsider, and the Julia Roberts Flatliner of the modern era?
In deference to all of the above, and some possible candidates of tomorrow, here are a few star video playlists (trailers and clips from their best movies) to wax nostalgic, as well as new ones dedicated to some potential supercelebs of the future...
Now a t.v. staple as uber-agent Jack Bauer, Sutherland once played ringleader in a bunch of big screen line-ups, in Gen X classics like Young Guns, Stand By Me, and A Few Good Men.
Still a reigning queen in Hollywood, Roberts has had a long and productive career, first as a part of ensembles, and later as an Oscar winner in Erin Brockovich.
His recent outspokenness notwithstanding, Cruise has been a long-time favored icon who's played to his generation, the one before, and the kids that arrived after him.
She's somewhat of an untested leading lady, but she did kick good butt in Blade: Trinity, and we're fans of her period turn in The Illusionist.
He was nominated for Best Actor for Half Nelson, and he's an indie darling. He could end up being his generation's Sean Penn. But, can he play commercial? Have they cast Aquaman yet?
Superhero? Check (Batman Begins). Indie cred? Check (American Psycho). Able to take on the A-list? Check (3:10 to Yuma). Like early era Val Kilmer (Top Gun / Tombstone / The Doors), so far, there's not much this versatile young gun hasn't been able to do. Here's to his upcoming Bat sequel, The Dark Knight...as well as the rest of these celebs, other potential box office phenoms, and more video mash-ups upcoming.