2. Topher Grace
When planning for Spider-Man 3 began, director Sam Raimi decided that he wanted Harry Osborn and Sandman as the antagonists. A short while later, Raimi identified the need for another villain, with Ben Kingsley in talks to play the Vulture before the character was eventually cut.
Producer Avi Arad tried to convince Raimi to include Venom, a character that the director hadn’t been too keen on before. Deciding it would be good fan service, Raimi folded and gave Eddie Brock/Venom a big part in the film, casting That ’70s Show’s Topher Grace in the role. Considering how Brock had been a big, bullish figure in the comic books, most fans twisted their noses at this odd casting decision.
Sadly, their worst fears came true, as Grace delivered a meek interpretation of one of Spidey’s greatest villains. Not only did he lack any sort of physical presence or intimidation factor, but his symbiote transformation also bordered on goofy. Shocking stuff, really.
1. Ben Affleck
Well, this one was expected. After 2003’s Daredevil, not many people wanted to see Ben Affleck in a superhero affair again. Also, it didn’t help that we’d suffered through a bout of Affleck fatigue, where he appeared in practically everything in the early 2000s.
So, when the news broke that Affleck would be suiting up to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the internet went predictably nuts. Twitter was a nightmare and online petitions were inundated with calls for Warner Bros. to reconsider its decision. Not many people were behind the concept of Batfleck back then.
Now, four years after the news was first released, we can’t imagine anyone else in the role – with even the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, being counted as a fan of his. Every day, DCEU fans say a little prayer that Batfleck will stay on as the Dark Knight for many more years to come.
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