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It’s The Crossover WB Could Never Give Us

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Fast.

The DC Universe meets the Fast & Furious family in Fast X, which features ten actors who are part of both franchises. While Fast & Furious began as the story of Brian O’ Conner and Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (2001), the saga has since become a blockbuster franchise bringing an impressive ensemble cast in each film. Fast X, like all the recent Fast & Furious movies, combined up-and-coming actors with established movie stars, many of which are also in the DC Universe.
The list of DC actors who are in Fast & Furious has been quite large for a while, but it reached a new high with Fast X. It must be noticed that Fast & Furious as a blockbuster franchise essentially began in Fast Five (2011), whereas the DCEU began with 2013’s Man of Steel. As such, both sagas shaped their casts around the same period, which can explain why so many DC actors are also in Fast & Furious. Here are 10 DC actors in Fast X, starting with Dwayne Johnson’s return as Hobbs.

10 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam and Luke Hobbs in Fast and Furious

In 2011, more than a decade before Black Adam premiered, Dwayne Johnson joined the Fast & Furious family as Luke Hobbs. Interestingly, The Rock was cast as Black Adam in 2007, although the project would only come to fruition in 2022. Therefore, technically, Dwayne Johnson was already in the DC Universe when he joined the Fast & Furious franchise. The Rock may not have saved Fast & Furious, but his portrayal of Hobbs in Fast Five gave the saga a unique antagonist and elevated the franchise as a whole. The Rock’s role in Fast Five cemented the film as an action-adventure, thus changing Fast & Furious forever.
After Fast Five, Dwayne Johnson reprised his role as Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of the Furious. The eighth Fast & Furious film was surrounded by a behind-the-scenes controversy regarding a public feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, which eventually led to the announcement that The Rock would not be in F9. In the meantime, Johnson starred along with Jason Statham in the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. Surprisingly, The Rock has returned to Fast & Furious, with Fast X’s post-credits scene featuring Hobbs’ comeback. Black Adam’s box office bomb may have played a role in Johnson’s decision to rejoin the Fast family.

9 Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot as Gisele and Wonder Woman

When crafting the DC cinematic universe ahead of a Justice League movie, director Zack Snyder cast Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Gal Gadot’s career had started not too long ago when she joined Batman v Superman’s cast, the actress had already been part of a cinematic franchise – Fast & Furious. Gal Gadot joined the Fast Saga in Fast & Furious (2009) as Gisele, a supporting character working for the villain Braga who later helped Dominic Toretto. Gal Gadot would then return as Gisele in Fast Five, which brought together multiple characters from all previous films. Gisele also returned for Fast & Furious 6.
Gisele died in Fast & Furious 6, which Fast X’s Gal Gadot cameo now retcons. Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman around a year after Fast & Furious 6 premiered, meaning that she was already technically out of the Fast Saga when she joined the DC Universe. Gal Gadot starred as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, two Wonder Woman solo films, Justice League, and Shazam 2. Fast X’s Gisele return not only brings a character back to the team, but it also brings a now much more popular star back into the franchise. Gadot’s future as Wonder Woman remains to be revealed, but Gisele is back to Fast & Furious.

8 Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa as Dante Reyes and Aquaman

While Jason Momoa had already starred in projects like Game of Thrones, playing Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set the stage for him to become a movie star. After the Batman v Superman cameo, Momoa returned as Aquaman in Justice League and Aquaman, the latter of which is currently the highest-grossing DC movie of all time. Having become a powerhouse name of his own after Aquaman, Jason Momoa was a safe, solid choice to join the Fast Saga as the new antagonist that could shake things up for Toretto’s family. Momoa’s Dante Reyes stole the show in Fast X, delivering a unique Fast & Furious villain.
Related: Who Is In Fast X? Cast & Character Guide
Jason Momoa returns as Aquaman in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom on December 25, 2023. However, Momoa’s future as Aquaman in James Gunn’s DC Universe is up in the air, as DC Studios is rebooting the franchise and recasting characters such as Superman and Batman. There have even been rumors about Jason Momoa playing Lobo, not Aquaman, in the new DC Universe. Either way, Momoa is one of the faces of the DCEU and has now become an essential part of the Fast Saga ahead of its finale. Dante Reyes doesn’t die in Fast X, meaning that Jason Momoa will return in the upcoming Fast & Furious11.

7 John Cena

John Cena as Jakob Toretto and Peacemaker

John Cena joined the Fast & Furious family and the DC Universe around the same time. Filming for F9 and The Suicide Squad happened in the same year, and the movies were released just a couple of months apart. In F9, John Cena played Jakob Toretto, Dom and Mia’s long-lost brother who, in a significant retcon, had never been mentioned by either of them. Cena’s Jakob Toretto was the main antagonist for most of F9 before being redeemed at the end of the film. In The Suicide Squad, John Cena played Peacemaker in a different, intense take on the obscure DC character. Cena would then star in his own Peacemaker spinoff series.

Considering that Jakob was redeemed in F9 and rejoined the family, it was no surprise that John Cena returned in Fast X. Jakob spent most of the film protecting his nephew, Brian Toretto, from Dante Reyes. In perhaps the most shocking Fast X scene, Jakob Toretto died protecting Dom’s son. While Fast & Furious keeps bringing dead characters back, Jakob’s sacrifice made sense in the context of Fast X’s story and should not be retconned in Fast X, Part 2. Peacemaker season 2 starring John Cena is currently in development, now as part of a new DC Universe.

6 Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson as Aimes and Hawk

Alan Ritchson starred as Hank, a.k.a. Hawk, in Titans, but his history with DC began much earlier. Ritchson played Arthur Curry, the Aquaman, in Smallville for four seasons. Ritchson also voiced Aquaman in the DC animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier. Now, Alan Ritchson joins the Fast & Furious franchise as Aimes. Although Aimes was an antagonist from the start, the character was revealed to be working with Dante all along in a massive Fast X twist. Considering Fast X’s cliffhanger ending, Ritchson’s Aimes is expected to return in Fast X, Part 2.

5 Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody and Lieutenant GQ Edwards

Scott Eastwood joined the Fast & Furious family in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious as Little Nobody, Mister Nobody’s apprentice. A year before that, Scott Eastwood played a minor role in Suicide Squad (2016) – Lieutenant GQ Edwards. After missing F9, Eastwood returned in Fast X, assisting Dominic Toretto’s family for most of the movie now that Mister Nobody’s whereabouts were unknown. Eastwood’s Little Nobody will likely return for Fast X, Part 2.

4 Daniela Melchior

Daniela Melchior as Isabel in Fast X and Ratcatcher 2 in The Suicide Squad

Daniela Melchior had her breakout role in The Suicide Squad (2021), where she played Ratcatcher 2. Melchior recently reunited with James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and now joins the Fast & Furious family in Fast X. Daniela Melchior plays Isabel Neves in Fast X, who is revealed to be Elena’s sister. Fast X revisited Fast Five in a lot of ways, including Elena’s backstory as a police officer in Rio de Janeiro. Isabel is Brian Toretto’s aunt, meaning that Dominic Toretto’s family just got bigger. Melchior’s Isabel is also expected to return in Fast X, Part 2.

3 Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren as Magdalene Shaw and Hespera

Dame Helen Mirren recently starred in Shazam! Fury of the Gods as Hespera, the film’s main villain. Although Mirren’s performance as Hespera elevated the Shazam! sequel, Fury of the Gods was a box office bomb and is not expected to have a sequel. Mirren joined the Fast & Furious family in 2017 for The Fate of the Furious, where she played Magdalene Shaw. The mother of Owen Shaw and Deckard Shaw was the key for Dominic Toretto to defeat Cipher and for Jason Statham’s character to be redeemed. Mirren returned as Magdalene Shaw in F9, Hobbs & Shaw, and Fast X.

2 Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker as Buddy and Savant

Like John Cena, Michael Rooker joined the Fast & Furious and DC Universe franchises around the same time for F9 and The Suicide Squad, respectively. In F9, Rooker played Buddy, who worked with Jack Toretto and ended up raising Jakob. A couple of months later, Rooker appeared as Savant in The Suicide Squad, one of the Task Force X characters who were killed off. While Michael Rooker did not appear in Fast X, Buddy is on the list of names Dante Reyes is keeping track of for his revenge against Toretto and could return in Fast X, Part 2.

1 Pete Davidson

Blackguard bending his neck in The Suicide Squad

Pete Davidson is one of the latest actors to be part of both the DC Universe and the Fast & Furious franchise. Davidson played Blackguard in The Suicide Squad, one of the Suicide Squad members who died right at the beginning of the film. Pete Davidson’s Fast X cameo saw him as Bowie, a friend of Ramsey, to whom the crew goes for help. After a failed negotiation to get Bowie’s hacking services, Pete Davidson’s Fast X character betrayed Ramsey, Roman, Tej, and Han by exposing their location.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

RELATED: 10 Fast & Furious Characters Who Must Return In New Hobbs Spinoff

4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

RELATED: How (& Where) To Watch The Fast & Furious Movies In Order By Release Date & Chronologically

After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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