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10 Awful Casting Decisions That Spoiled Entire Movies


When Ben Affleck was recently announced as the next actor in line to play the Caped Crusader, the internet exploded with fan outrage. Without actually knowing what the latest rendition of Batman will look like, or, seeing any footage of Affleck in the role to fairly assess his performance, Bat-fans are already crying for Affleck to be removed from the role.

While the most reasonable thing to do would be to reserve judgment until we actually see Affleck’s performance, the memories of his horrendous turn in Daredevil still linger in the minds of comic book fans who have been quick to condemn what they perceive to be a stupendously bad casting decision.

Even though I will wait to until I see the final product to ultimately judge whether the studio heads made a good or bad call, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at films where one bad casting decision spoiled the whole affair: 10 awful casting decisions that spoiled an entire movie…

10. Gary Oldman (Tiptoes)

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The makers of 2003 s Tiptoes clearly had their hearts in the right place when they made the feature, intending to create a movie that promoted tolerance and understanding of little people, but they shot themselves in the foot when they made the mind-boggling decision to cast Gary Oldman, a man of non-diminutive stature, as a little person in the starring role. To add insult to injury, the cast contains a plethora of famous little person actors, including Peter Dinklage, who were more than capable of playing the lead role. Why nobody involved in the picture would not see how offensive this scenario was remains a mystery.

Things did not fare well for the misbegotten feature; after a poorly received screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Tiptoes was quickly released straight to DVD and remains a cautionary example of how misguided casting can torpedo a movie’s chances at the box office.

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Netflix Announce Daredevil TV Series Set In Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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We now know the fate of Marvel’s ‘The Man Without Fear’ as he will make his live action return, under Marvel/Disney ownership, as Netflix has just signed an exclusive deal with the streaming site yesterday based on the popularity of Marvel films on the site.

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos said the following about the deal:

“Marvel’s movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel’s The Avengers are huge favourites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels. With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

And he will not be alone, Marvel will premiere four brand new live-action series on Netflix. These will include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. (Guys, Iron Fist and Luke Cage! That is awesome!) Each of these shows – composed 13 episodes each – will share the same location of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, and one would presume the Marvel Cinematic Universe too.

Plans are that the story arcs for each of the characters will unfold over a number of years. The end goal of this move is to bring them all together in a mini-series which will be known as Marvel’s The Defenders. Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, said the following:

“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s speciality. This serialised epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television, and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

This will also put to bed the rumours of a planned reboots of the Daredevil film franchise that have become chronic over the years. As a huge comic fan, this is a great move. Some of the more obscure characters would be short-changed in a 90 min film setting and with a TV show things can be fleshed out and developed, so that if they are people will actually care and want to see them alongside Thor, Iron Man etc.

Who would you like to see receive the small screen treatment? Let me know in the comments below.

The Daredevil Netflix exclusive TV series is set to get the ball rolling in 2015.

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10 Casting Decisions Fanboys Rallied Against (And Were Right About)


As we move ever closer to Batman vs. Superman, a motion picture that the world has decided to take deadly seriously despite the fact that it’s probably not worth getting all that worked up about, people continue to tell other people their opinions on this whole Ben Affleck casting thing, with “what were they thinking?” somewhere close to the top. And yet everyone seems to have forgotten that we haven’t glimpsed a single frame of Ben Affleck pretending to be Bruce Wayne. Fanboys rage on, of course, because that’s what fanboys do – that “petition” has almost reached 100,000 signatures. But wouldn’t it be more logical to just wait until the movie comes out before we start condemning the decision to cast somebody? Does that seem – I don’t know – more fair?

Maybe, maybe not. Last week I wrote an article about movie castings that fanboys initially went crazy over (in a bad way), only to change their minds when they saw the actors in character. Embarrassing. But, you know, it’s all well and good to cite examples of that kind in order to generate support for Ben Affleck, but sometimes – and I hate to say it – the fanboys are right. Sometimes a rage-fueled rant clings to some actual logic. I’m not claiming that anybody should rally against a casting decision without seeing it first, because that’s nuts. But while we’re talking about fanboy-based casting fits, it seems only fair to go back and look at some of the times they were right on the money. As with the case with the 10 actors I’ve assembled here, in fact…

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