A lot of eyebrows were raised when it was announced that burly comic actor Seth Rogan would be playing the role of golden-age pulp crime-fighter the Green Hornet. But in the annals of superhero movies, there have been quite a few surprise castings, both positive and negative.
amNewYork looks at our Top 5:
Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
There’s quite a large gap in the filmography of this Oscar-nominated actor. He’d worked as a kid in “The Bad News Bears” in the mid-‘70s, and then nothing much to discuss besides a handful of unknown movies in the ’80s and ’90s. But then he lands a role in the drama “Little Children” in 2006 and gets a Best Supporting Actor nom. Two years later, he’s taking on one of the favorite roles in the adaptation of one of the most beloved comic books. Nobody saw this coming.
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
In hindsight, there was nobody more perfect to play Iron Man than Robert Downey Jr. But when it was first announced, there were certainly a lot of folks shocked that the actor, who had spent quite a few years in rehab, was playing a comic book character whose alter ego, Tony Stark, is a noted alcoholic in his first blockbuster film. And it certainly wouldn’t be his last.
Halle Berry as Catwoman
We’re not questioning the idea of a beautiful woman such as Halle Berry in a Catwoman costume. That’s a no-brainer. But what was most surprising was that she took this role after she won the Oscar for Best Actress in “Monster’s Ball.” That’s not the direction your acting career is supposed to go.
Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd
Judge Dredd, a seminal British comic book character, is never, ever seen without his helmet on, yet one of the most famous faces at the time was cast. The result is a messy action flick that fails to maintain a basic aspect of the character and an overall failure as a film.
Michael Keaton as Batman
Michael Keaton seemed like he’d be a good Bruce Wayne, but the actor, who was best known for his comedic roles, is not the first person who came to mind when you thought of the Dark Knight. As it turns out, Keaton was an inspired choice and shone in director Tim Burton’s dark fantasy.