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10 Most Controversial Superhero Casting Decisions

Look. Up In the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s just that actor comic book fans really hate. The superhero genre in film has always been popular but in the last couples of years, the genre ha

Look. Up In the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s just that actor comic book fans really hate. The superhero genre in film has always been popular but in the last couples of years, the genre has exploded. Several superhero films have been major successes, such as, Superman (1978), Batman (1989), The Dark Knight (2008), The Avengers (2012) and Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014). Now it's common for a few superhero films and TV shows to be released each year. Superheroes first appeared in comic books in the 30s/40s. For a long time it was difficult to bring superheroes to life because of a lack of special effects and restrictions in film. There were few attempts to bring these heroes to film or TV. Most of the characters are firmly established and have been around for years and decades in some cases.

It’s impossible to keep everyone happy but comic book fans are some of the most passionate and dedicated fans out there. They’re always hesitant when they hear that their favorite superhero is going to be brought to live action. Comic book fans want the film to be faithful to the source material. In several instances, controversy has erupted when an actor that fans feel is not right for a part is cast as a Superhero. Sometimes fans are right but other times have been proven wrong. Here is a look at 10 of the most controversial superhero casting choices.

10 Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman

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9 Keanu Reeves – John Constantine

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8 Jessica Alba – The Invisible Woman

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7 Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor

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6 Jared Leto – The Joker

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5 Heath Ledger – The Joker

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4 Megan Fox – April O’Neil

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3 Michael Keaton – Batman

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2 Michael B. Jordan – The Human Torch

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1 Ben Affleck – Batman

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Ben Affleck will be starring as Batman in the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, to be released in 2016. Ben Affleck’s casting as the caped crusader has caused a massive amount of controversy. Affleck has appeared in films like Dazed and Confused, Chasing Amy and Argo. He co-wrote and starred in the film Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, which they won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for. Many hardcore Batman and comic book fans were outraged when they heard that Affleck was cast as the new Batman. In fact, an online petition was started to have him removed from the role. As many people know, this isn’t Ben’s first foray into the comic book world. In 2003, he starred in the film Daredevil. Some comic book fans have still not forgiven him for that film. However, Michael Keaton has proved that it’s possible to prove the doubters wrong. Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Batman in two Justice League films and a possible stand-alone Batman film.

Sources:  mtv.com, ew.com, businessinsider.com, screenrant.com, thenational.ae

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