10. Michael B. Jordan
The casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four did leave many fans confused since his blood-related sister, Sue, is Caucasian in continuity, and no one knew what the deal was in Josh Trank’s movie. In all fairness, this was addressed adequately in the film’s narrative (where there still was some semblance of a story), so it made sense at the end of the day.
Unfortunately, Jordan still had to deal with a lot of heat (pardon the pun) when his casting was announced. While some of the other character picks and designs were far more bizarre, Jordan’s seemed to be the one that drew the most ire from the fanboys.
The criticism didn’t stop after 2015’s Fantastic Four disappointed in every single way possible. Jordan, though, shrugged off the film’s failures and has taken on his next comic book role as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther. Let’s hope this one is a roaring success for him.
9. Anne Hathaway
If there’s one thing that we should learn from Christopher Nolan’s movies, it’s that we should trust Nolan knows what he’s doing. Yet, even after the success of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, fans still questioned his casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
The biggest mistake everyone made was assuming Hathaway lacked the necessary sultriness to play a convincing Catwoman. While her major film credits are mostly girl-next-door roles, Hathaway’s lesser-known filmography had already showed glimpses of what she’s capable of doing.
Sure, she had big stilettos to fill after Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal in Batman Returns – but boy, did she slide right into them. The Dark Knight Rises was a smashing end to a terrific trilogy and Hathaway played her role to purr-fection.
8. Finn Jones
To be fair, Finn Jones got the short end of the stick here. After he was announced as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, a segment of fans and journalists said this was a missed opportunity for Marvel to have cast a person of Asian descent in the role – even though the character isn’t historically known for being Asian.
There were many pieces written about this, including how the casting of a Caucasian actor as Rand only furthered the “white savior” narrative. Finn defended himself and the decision, which only seemed to enrage his doubters even more and he ended up shutting down his Twitter account for a brief period because of this.
Ultimately, Iron Fist wasn’t a resounding success, and is cited as the weakest of Marvel’s Netflix entries to date. Additionally, Finn’s Rand didn’t win any accolades in The Defenders either, leaving one to wonder how long Marvel will keep him or this character around for.