13 Times Actors Got Cast As Superheroes And Audiences Said No Thanks

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Vote up the actors who really didn't belong in superhero tights.

Not everyone is cut out to save the world, especially when it comes to saving the world as a superhero. Given the popularity of comic book movies, there's bound to be some bad superhero casting along the way, which leads to the inevitable fan blowback. Even the worst superhero casting decisions can bring some joy, whether it's with a campy performance or just a good old-fashioned internet pile-on.

The failures of these superhero performances aren't solely because the actor is bad - that's rarely the case. Sometimes it's just a case of wrong time, wrong place. Pretty much every actor on this list is beloved for roles that don't have anything to do with comic books, but for whatever reason, they just didn't hit with audiences when they stepped into their spandex and started fighting crime. Vote up the actors who couldn't quite cut it as cinematic superheroes.

  • The reviews for 2015's Fantastic Four reboot all say the same thing - that the talented cast is done a disservice by the film surrounding them. But it's Teller who got the worst rap after taking on the lead role of Reed Richards. The major complaint about his performance is that he looks bored every time he's on screen, whether he's in a board meeting or fighting Doctor Doom.

    It's not like previous versions of Reed Richards are particularly beloved; it's just that Teller's detached version of the character didn't connect with audiences at all. That makes sense. The Fantastic Four is such a big, bright, golden age comic that Teller's emotionless portrayal feels like he misunderstands the character even though it matches the film's grim tone. Realistically, Teller tried something and it didn't work. There's nothing wrong with that.

    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
    341 votes
  • Halle Berry is one of the few actors on this list that audiences were happy to see in one superhero role, but balked when it came time for her to play another one. She totally rocks as Storm in the X-Men franchise, and while her casting as Catwoman may have had potential in theory, the result turned into a pop-culture punchline.

    Maybe audiences weren't ready for another campy portrayal of Catwoman after Pfeiffer's iconic performance in Batman Returns, or as Berry herself puts it, the film just didn't do the character any favors:

    The story didn't feel quite right. I remember having that argument: "Why can't Catwoman save the world like Batman and Superman do? Why is she just saving women from a face cream that cracks their face off?"

    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    337 votes
  • Did anyone think Seth Rogen would make a good superhero? Prior to 2011's Green Hornet, he was the guy who made edgy movies with a lot of heart and a lot of profanity. A profanity-laden movie about a masked detective directed by Michel Gondry sounds awesome, but it's not what audiences saw. Instead, audiences got a PG-13 movie that was riddled with studio notes.

    Audiences didn't like Rogen as a crimefighter because it's not really his thing. His Green Hornet is a neutered version of what he does best, and audiences were let down. Rogen blamed Sony for the gaffe, but admitted that the problem with playing a character like Green Hornet was that the project itself was out of his wheelhouse:

    If there is one thing I look back on like, "What was the problem there?" It was just the budget. We can't make a really edgy fun movie for our types of people for that amount of money.

    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    368 votes
  • Audiences will accept Sylvester Stallone as a Vietnam vet with PTSD, and they'll accept him as a down-on-his-luck boxer who can destroy a Soviet superman, but they will not accept him as a Mega-City One street judge.

    Stallone's biggest sin in Judge Dredd is that he removes his helmet early on in the film, something the character doesn't do. Never mind the film's many other missteps - Stallone disobeyed the main rule of a superhero adaptation and did something completely antithetical to the character audiences came to see.

    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
    313 votes
  • There are a lot of missteps in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, but its biggest disservice is the way it handles Thurman's character of G-Girl. Audiences came to the film to see Thurman as a fleshed-out, relatable superhero without any connections to either Marvel or DC, but what they got was under-baked.

    We've seen Thurman play the emotionally grounded heroine at the center of Kill Bill, but there's nothing to latch onto in this movie. G-Girl could have been a cool character, but she's saddled with being a kooky ex-girlfriend, which is a drag for audience members who were looking for a strong female character. When asked why the film paints her in such a negative light, she responded:

    I don't know the answer. Think about it this way - it’s written by a man and directed by a man, produced by a bunch of men and then there was me. So is it a male nightmare?

    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    201 votes
  • Ben Affleck filmed Daredevil at the nadir of his career (his next two films were Gigli and Paycheck, so things can always get worse), but the film isn't all bad. The supporting actors are all there to play, and Colin Farrell rocks a bald head for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but Affleck is just sleeping through the role and audiences can feel that sort of thing.

    In 2016, Affleck revealed that he hated making Daredevil and wished the movie could have been similar to the Netflix series. He didn't say as much, but it seems he simply didn't enjoy the film's story and phoned in his performance as a result, which is just not what you want to do with a beloved character like Daredevil. It's clear why audiences said nope.

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA
    308 votes