We had a good bit of fun writing on some of the worst casting decisions ever in comic book movies; after all, it’s always great to look at something, see what went wrong, and offer a suggestion (we’re liable to think most of our casting was spot on, as it were). While that was all well and good, we’re going to switch gears a bit, and spend a little time directing praise at the casting directors who managed to get it right. We are bringing you the 10 best casting decisions in comic book films, and we think we’ve managed to strike a delicate balance between man, woman, hero and heroine in taking a look back at some of the best decisions made during these respective adaptation processes.
10. Wesley Snipes as Blade (Blade)
We’re kicking this list off in style, taking it way back to the 1990s (1998, to be exact) in order to discuss one of the most pitch-perfect castings in comic book movie history. Finding a man to play the tight-lipped but incredibly badass vampire slayer Blade might have seemed a tall task, were Wesley Snipes never born. As luck would have it, the man himself ended up playing the half-man, half-vampire who divides his time equally between delivering one-liners and slicing up vamps with style. Snipes, who starred as the character in the excellent Blade, the even better Blade II and the extremely disappointing Blade: Trinity, seems cut and pasted from the pages of the source comics; he looks the part, he talks the part, and we’ll be damned if we can imagine anyone else playing the role with as much attitude as Snipes (even though it appears Marvel is at least discussing the possibility of re-booting the character as an addition to their Marvel cinematic universe).