We're lucky that we live in an age where multiple superhero movies are coming out every year. It definitely gives comic book fans and moviegoers something to look forward to. And why shouldn't they be excited? Marvel is making some of the best casting choices for their heroes in cinematic history. Robert Downey Jr. was made for Iron Man, Chris Evans is the perfect Captain America, and who could forget Chris Pratt as our favorite outlaw, Star-Lord? Even DC has been making some good choices in that area lately, casting Henry Cavill as Superman and Jared Leto as the Joker.
However, for every well-cast hero, there is a terrible casting decision lingering in the shadows. After all, we've seen George Clooney (and Val Kilmer) as Batman, Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern (I'm not even going to get started on how he managed to be both the best and worst Deadpool), and Halle Berry as Catwoman. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. You'll probably look at these casting near-misses and breathe a sigh of relief after you hear about the superheroes that could have been.
Just imagine how marred the film of the comics would have been if someone like Johnny Depp ended up playing Superman. That's exactly the kind of crazy we're dealing with here. Hold onto your jaw, cause it's going to drop after you see these 15 awful superhero castings that almost became a reality on the big screen.
15 Tom Cruise as Iron Man
14 Leonardo DiCaprio as Spider-Man
13 Will Smith as Superman
12 Daniel Craig as Thor
11 Bill Murray as Batman
10 Jensen Ackles as Captain America
9 Arnold Schwarzenegger as Doctor Octopus
8 Johnny Depp as The Wolverine
7 David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury
6 Eddie Redmayne as Star Lord
5 Adam Sandler as Rocket Raccoon
4 Isaiah Mustafa as Drax the Destroyer
3 Nicholas Cage as Superman
2 Jack Black as Green Lantern
1 Robin Williams as The Joker
I might take a little heat for this one. Yes, Robin Williams is one of the greatest actors of all time, and there's no doubt he's got a ton of talent. However, I don't think he's really Joker material. He's charismatic, yes, but he's nowhere near the creepy insanity that a role like The Joker demands. However, studios wanted him to play the part so badly that he was considered twice: once for the 1989 Batman, and again for The Dark Knight. He turned it down both times, leaving room for Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger to take center stage.
Sources: moviepilot, screenrant, imdb.com
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