13. Zazie Beetz
While the run-of-the-mill outrage is understandable, occasionally the racist portion of the fandom likes to pop its head out of the 1800s to leave its opinions on people of color being cast as superheroes. When Zazie Beetz was cast as Neena Thurman/Domino for Deadpool 2, the ugly side of the comic book community slithered out of the cracks to spew its vitriol.
Truth be told, the fury was stupid because Domino’s skin color has never had any impact on her personality. Also, you have to admit that Beetz’s new physical interpretation of the character looks pretty great – rather than just looking cool, it’s representative of people who battle with vitiligo as well.
While it’s too early to tell if Beetz will knock the performance out of the park, it’s fair to say that making a judgment based purely on someone’s skin color is simply unacceptable.
12. Jesse Eisenberg
Has anyone let Jesse Eisenberg in on the joke that he was actually playing Lex Luthor and not the Riddler in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice yet? All kidding aside, this was one casting decision that sent the internet into a catatonic state, and with good reason too.
After the likes of Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey had portrayed Luthor in films before him, it was a bummer to hear that Superman’s greatest foe was going to be played by Jesse “I swear I’m not Michael Cera” Eisenberg.
It isn’t that Eisenberg is a bad actor — but he was set to fail right from the start here. Not only does he lack the persuasive qualities that he’s a genius-level, ruthless businessman (no, his Zuckerberg was wimpy and not ruthless), but he’s also missing the charisma to play the other side of Luthor: the charming manipulator. Everyone in Batman V Superman found him annoying, and that’s not what Luthor is about.
When Zendaya was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there were a few eyerolls and mutters of “Disney helping their own,” but nothing more outrageous than that. Then, the rumor dropped that she might be starring as Mary Jane Watson, aka the future Mrs. Peter Parker, and that’s where the “fun” started as the outrage police rushed to their keyboards.
The reasons for the anger varied from Zendaya not having red hair, the race swapping of the character, and the ridiculous notion that it’s uncool to like former Disney stars. The dust settled, however, when it was revealed that she would be portraying a character named Michelle, i.e. not Mary Jane.
Yet, director Jon Watts had the last laugh as Zendaya was casually referred to as “MJ” at the end of the movie. Whether it was just an elaborate troll or it means she’s definitely Peter’s future beau, we’ll have to wait and see.