You can’t even turn around these days without accidentally watching a comic book movie. Or nine of them. Seriously, they have exploded in popularity so much that even characters who hardly a big deal at your local shop are raking in billions at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy? Who can honestly say they had any idea who Star-Lord and Drax were before Marvel made a blockbuster movie about them?
All the biggest Hollywood stars want in on the action. Some of the best performers in the business have attached themselves to various comic book roles over the past couple of decades, with varying degrees of success. Some very talented actors and actresses, even Academy Award nominees and winners, have been completely miscast, misused, or underutilized in various comic book movies. Some times it’s the result of being cast in a minuscule role, that doesn’t allow their stardom to truly shine through. Other times it’s simply a terrible script or awful directing that leads to otherwise excellent performers being utterly wasted.
14. Taylor Kitsch – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
For many X-Men fans, it was basically a crime that Remy LeBeau aka Gambit didn’t make an appearance in the first three X-Men movies. The suave Cajun gambler finally made his film debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Taylor Kitsch taking the role. And he was actually pretty good. Kitsch is best known for his roles in Friday Night Lights and True Detective, but he did a perfectly fine job as a mutant.
Unfortunately, he’s barely even in this movie. He only shows up near the end, helps Wolverine find the secret William Stryker’s secret Weapons X facility on Three Mile Island and then… basically does nothing else of real consequence. And then never showed up in another X-Men film again. What a shame.