A while back, I wrote an article detailing my top ten best comic book castings of all time. Now I present its polar opposite, the ten worst castings in comic-book film history (listed from bad to worse).
I want to preface this list by saying that most of these casting choices are victims of bad film-making, and no amount of good acting could save their roles. There was one role I really wanted to put on this list, but I just couldn’t do it–Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Most people hate him for the role, but few actors can pull of a good, cocky attitude and still be awesome like Reynolds, so he doesn’t make the ten worst for that role (though he does for another). Another notable exclusion is Ben Affleck as Daredevil. Many critics hate his casting, but I thought he worked out pretty well in the role. This article, however, is not about what I liked—it’s about what I dislike, so read away and let me know how much you agree/disagree with my picks. Enjoy!
Dishonorable Mention: Bryan Singer for leaving the third X-Men film
Bryan Singer is not an actor, and he wasn’t cast to play any comic book based roles, but he deserves to be on this list for successfully delivering a killer blow on two films at once. On one hand, his absence from the X-Men franchise in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” is a notable tragedy that ended with a train-wreck that should have been awesome. The third X-Men film had issues on every front, and I blame Bryan Singer, even though the studio could have picked up someone that could do a better job. The other film Singer ruined was Superman Returns, which, if it would have tried to be a film that could stand alone, might have succeeded. Instead, we get a film that parallels Richard Donner’s: “Superman: The Movie” and his “Superman II” so much that I wondered if it was an over-glorified late night comedy sketch. Hopefully Mr. Singer learned something here—don’t leave something awesome to try and copy something amazing. It just doesn’t work. For obliterating two awesome things, Mr. Singer, you get the Dishonorable Mention on this list.
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This article was first posted on January 18, 2012