Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel to be released in 2015. Henry Cavill will be back to play Superman while “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder also will be back.
Affleck as Batman. That’s the worst casting idea since Ryan Reynolds was selected to play Green Lantern or Affleck was cast as Daredevil. Affleck is a good actor and a fine director. But, he’s already shown playing costumed characters is not his super acting power.
There have been some great castings in comic book inspired movies. No one could bring the snarky tone better than Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth was born to play Thor.
There have also been some major mistakes. Here are my five worst castings in comic book movies. Feel free to add to the list.
5. David Hasselhoff in “Nick Fury: Agent of Shield” (1998): The only good thing is that this was a TV movie so no one had to throw away good money to see a portrayal of Nick Fury that even German music fans couldn’t love.
4. Seth Rogen in “The Green Hornet” (2011): Rogen brought a blandness to the role that few other actors could accomplish. It was a major accomplishment that Rogen could take a horrible script and make the movie even worse.
3. Ben Affleck in “Daredevil” (2003): Affleck must have really taken it to heart he was playing a blind super hero as he obviously never read the script. Most of the action scenes moved in slow motion, not because of camera work but because of Affleck’s total lack of athletic abilities. To be honest, Affleck had some help as Jennifer Garner was equally bad as Elektra.
2. Ryan Reynolds in “Green Lantern” (2011): Reynolds brought a frat boy element to the character of Green Lantern that turned the entire movie into mush. In brightest day, in blackest night, the evil of the performance by Reynolds won’t escape our sight.
1. Shaquille O’Neal in “Steel” (1997): If you thought O’Neal’s free throw shooting in the NBA was horrible, you should see his “acting” as Steel. Not only does he struggle with every word of dialogue, O’Neal doesn’t even look good in the action scenes. It would have been better if he had just fouled out of playing the role.