It’s often difficult to know exactly how an actor will turn out in a film until it is finished given that there are so many components in play that will affect a performance. The director, the script and their fellow actors will all of course have an influence on how their character turns out.
Thankfully, there are standout performances throughout the ages where the seemingly wrong choice for a part has exceeded beyond our wildest imaginations; Heath Ledger’s fantastic and rightfully Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight is a prime example of this.
On the flipside, if cinematic history has taught us anything, it’s that one wrongly miscast actor can bring a whole film to its knees. Classic examples such as Sofia Coppola in The Godfather Part III or Hayden Christensen in Star Wars are there to demonstrate just how awkward a square peg in a round hole looks in a Hollywood blockbuster, to the point where their performances are remembered above all else, for all the wrong reasons.
Comic book adaptations are no exception, and with a loyal devotion of fans, a wide array of source material and characters who have been developed over the course of history, nailing these eponymous superheroes and villains can be a tall task indeed. As with any other genre, comic book movies are no stranger to a horribly miscast actor or actress.