The Worst Superhero Casting Decisions


Not everyone can be a superhero, Professor Charles Xavier from X-Men can confirm that. He uses his supernatural abilities to find mutants that can become future X-Men.

Unfortunately, the true casting agents in Hollywood do not have supernormal abilities – and sometimes they choose shockingly inappropriate actors for the roles of iconic superheroes.

Such a wrong choice could doom the film to fail even before it was filmed. However, in most cases it comes to movies that have a lot of problems, and an inappropriate choice of the lead actor is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the most memorable instances in which Hollywood star in the role of a well- known superhero turned out to be a very bad idea.

Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider

nicolas cage as ghost rider

The interesting thing in this case it is that Cage practical chooses himself for the role in both Ghost Rider movies. A comic fan all his life, he changed his surname to Cage partly influenced by the Marvel’s superhero Luke Cage. The actor is the reason “Ghost Rider” to be screened, but the first and especially the second part are placed in a group with the many bad movies that Cage filmed in recent years. Stiff and inexpressive, he proved to be unable to breathe life into the role.

Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern wrong superhero
A classic case of the right person at the incorrect role. Reynolds is funny and charming main actor and was able to show his qualities this year in “Deadpool” where there was a suitable character for this purpose. The “Green Lantern” however, he had to play one of the stiffest and consistent comic book heroes, Hal Jordan. It simply had no chance to work and the film has become one of the biggest failures of superheroes in Hollywood.

Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd

Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd

The choice of Stallone for the movie from 1995 might be a good idea. But in those years the actor was among the biggest stars of Hollywood. This is what led to the terrible decision Judge Dredd to remove his iconic helmet and to show his face. In the comics Dredd’s face has never been shown and he rarely removed his helmet. This cardinal change of the original idea condemns Stallone and the film to fail. It seemed that whatever Stallone had made with the role, there was no chance of any success.




Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet

Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet

The comedian ruined the image of the Green Hornet in his attempt to modernize it and make it closer to the usual characters he plays on the screen. Later Rogen admitted that director Michel Gondry were outside their comfort zone and the pictures were “a complete nightmare”. No wonder that in the end the result was so disappointing.

George Clooney as Batman

George Clooney as Batman

Years later, Clooney himself admitted that devastated role and “Batman and Robin” Joel Schumacher was one of the worst comic book screen adaptations. Asked what he thought about the choice of Ben Affleck for the next Batman, he replied: “I am the least qualified person to comment anyone playing the Batman’s role after I ruined it in such a terrible way.”

Halle Berry as Catwoman

halle berry as catwoman

Halle Berry’s acting in the movie “Catwoman” from 2004 brought her “Razzie” for the worst actress. She had no complexes and she was the only one that year who personally went to take their “Razzies”, saying:”Thank you. I hope I will never see you again.”

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