Superhero fans are notoriously difficult to please when it comes to movie adaptations – it’s fair enough really, as they just love their favourite characters so much that they don’t want to see them messed up. As such, every time a major hero or villain is cast, the actor is subject to significant scrutiny over whether they really are the best person for the job.
Hardly any big superhero film has been free of this sort of criticism; from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to The Avengers, fans have complained about apparently awful casting decisions that allegedly “would ruin the movie.”
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However, a lot of the time fans can be really jumping the gun on these occasions. Often it turns out that the studios and the filmmakers know exactly what they are doing and their left-field choice really is perfectly suited for the part.
Here, then, are eight examples of controversial casting decisions in comic book movies that actually worked out for the best. If you think we missed any, be sure to let us know by dropping a comment below!