What is Defenders of the Earth?
An American animated action series produced in 1985 featuring characters from the three comic strips, The Flash, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician. Supporting characters include the sons of Flash Gordon and Lothar and the daughter of the Phantom.
Like many '80s cartoons, the show ran for one season, as well as lasting 65 episodes in total.
Waiching's casting choices:
The Phantom - real name Kit Walker, known under the moniker of 'the Ghost Who Walks' (Matthew Fox)
Lothar - Mandrake's assistant and bodyguard (Terry Crews or Djimon Hounsou)
LJ - short for Lothar Jr and is a streetwise martial arts expert and son of Lothar Snr & Rick's best friend (John Boyega)
Mandrake the Magician - hypnotist and mystic capable of manipulating other people's perceptions (Richard E. Grant or Rupert Everett)
K' Shin - an orphaned boy adopted by Mandrake and trained as his apprentice, is usually accompanied by a creature named Zuffy (Riley Lio)
Zuffy - GGI
Jedda Walker - daughter of the Phantom who displays telepathic and limited extrasensory powers (Daisy Ridley or Zelda Williams)
Rick Gordon - computer genius and son of Flash Gordon (Jesse Eisenberg with Blond hair or Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak)
Ming The Merciless - Supervillain hell-bent on exploiting earth's resources (B.D Wong or Daniel Wu)
Prince Kro-Tan - Ming The Merciless's son (Kris Wu or Ryan Potter)