Fan casting is a fun thing to do. As soon as a new superhero property is announced, the internet fires up with infinite possibilities over who should play who. It’s a modern-day version of a medieval play where you gossip about which person will be fated to play your favorite character.
Rarely, though, do we get it spot-on, as there’s always some actor whom we never even dreamed of chosen. Seriously, did anyone see Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson coming at all, as one of the more recent examples?
While some of the castings elicit a begrudging head nod or customary shrug, there are others that summon the wrath of a thousand internet trolls. People really lose their minds, starting petitions, sending hate mail to the studios, and getting outraged to a point that’s not really healthy for their hearts.
Over the years, we’ve seen more than our fair share of anger over superhero castings, but there are some that stand out like a burning building. Some of them were justified after the resultant movie, while others turned out okay in the end.
So, join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and remember the 16 Superhero Casting Decisions That OUTRAGED Fans.
16. Hugh Jackman
It’s ridiculous to think of it now, but at one point a lot of people were unhappy that our mate from down under, Hugh Jackman, was cast as the Ol’ Canucklehead. Back when Bryan Singer took charge of X-Men, many fans’ pick for Wolverine was Glenn Danzig, better known as one of the founding members of the horror-punk band the Misfits.
Naturally, that was never going to happen (thank the bright casting agents for that one), as Singer wanted Dougray Scott for the role. Since Mission: Impossible 2 went over schedule, Scott had to pull out of the project. Jackman was soon cast as his replacement.
Fans weren’t impressed mostly because of Jackman’s towering height and the fact that he was renowned as predominantly a musical theater actor. Oh, how silly do those complaints sound today.
15. Gal Gadot
When the announcement was made that Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot had been cast as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, many people didn’t even know who she was. Apart from her three relatively small parts in The Fast and the Furious series, she was still an unknown quantity in Hollywood.
Heck, even the likes of YouTuber John Campea weighed in, saying an underwear model shouldn’t be Wonder Woman and questioning Gadot’s talent or lack thereof. While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t exactly shut all the critics up – even though Gadot was one of the best parts about the film – Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman sure did.
Gadot has been heralded as the new face of the DCEU and skyrocketed to A-list status. She’s so popular that it’s rumored the Justice League reshoots were to include more Wonder Woman scenes, purely because Warner Bros. knows she’s hot at the moment. So, how does that humble pie taste now, naysayers?
14. Heath Ledger
If you ever feel like seeing the one time that the internet’s big mouth was silenced, look no further than the case of Heath Ledger’s Joker. Suffice it to say, when Ledger was announced as the man to bring the Clown Prince of Crime to life in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, there were more than a few sniggers and ‘Brokeback Joker’ gags.
In the biggest FU of all time, though, Ledger dedicated his everything to the role and locked himself in a hotel room for weeks to perfect his unique interpretation of Gotham City’s numero uno villain. When he reemerged, he sent shockwaves throughout the film industry, delivering one of the most iconic performances in cinema history.
Unfortunately, Ledger passed away before the film’s release so he didn’t get to see the impact he had on the superhero and film genre, but his posthumous Oscar win tells you everything you need to know about how good he was. He still stands tall as the definitive Joker of a generation.