Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a DC Film
Casting is truly an art form. Each and every cast member from starring, to supporting, to day-player, affects the entire tone of the film. What would Bruce Wayne be without Christian Bale, who was up against a number of actors on this list for the role? Casting is everything, and the actors on this list couldn't make the cut for the role of any number of DC heroes and villains.
These are all of the shadows of that ideal, the people who were ALMOST legends, who almost had action figures and multi-picture deals and10-year contracts. These are the people who, for one reason or another, didn't end up playing these great characters of the comic book world.Which actors almost became DC's film heroes and villains? Their films went on to be made, not ending up on the list of comic book movies we never saw, but the actors and actresses listed here weren't part of the fun. Which of these stars do you wish you had seen in DC hero and villain roles? Cast your votes below!
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Considered for: The RiddlerPursued by the studio (apparently) for the original Tim Burton films, Robin Williams himself then pursued it for the Chris Nolan iterations (Williams and Nolan worked together on Insomnia). Williams even said he'd be an extra in a Nolan Batman film. His Riddler could have been game-changing – sadly, it never came to pass.
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Considered for: Lex LuthorBefore he was ever Voldemort, J.J. Abrams and the studio reportedly wanted Ralph Fiennes to play Lex Luthor in Superman Flyby. It would have been perfect!
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Cast as: Talia al Ghul
Palmer was part of the cast of the failed George Miller (Mad Max)-directed Justice League movie. The movie was fully cast, sets were being constructed, and pre-production was winding down with production of the film about to start, when two things happened:1) The movie costs ballooned to an enormous $300 million, and
2) it failed to procure its tax breaks.
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Cast as: Wonder WomanA Wonder Woman TV show actually happened, not long ago, in the same vein as "Smallville," "Arrow," and "Flash." However, budget issues, costume issues, and fan reactions kept it from ever airing even a single episode.
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Considered for: The JokerAfter he was almost Iron Man, and before he was Justin Hammer, the insanely talented and vastly under-used Sam Rockwell was in contention for Christopher Nolan's Joker. The role eventually went to Heath Ledger and made cinema history, but we would love to see Rockwell's take on a lean, sleek, probably dancing, Clown Prince of Crime.
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Considered for: Two-FaceRemember Lando Calrissian? Remember how he already played Harvey Dent in the first Batman? Well, he was set to reprise the role and eventually turn into Two-Face in the sequel. But, as happened to the role of Robin, the sequel was packed with new characters, and the part was written out and then recast (Tommy Lee Jones) for the über campy sequel.