An adaptation is a tricky thing, and there’s few adaptations trickier than the transition from comic book to movie screen. Comic book fans are loyal folk, and sometimes messing with what they know and love isn’t the best idea. That said, in an era where a new superhero movie is released every other month, it’s only natural that a few really terrible creative decisions would be made at some point, with actors ending up in roles they’re grossly unfit for. It would seem not everyone is meant to be a superhero (or super villain, in some cases), as evidenced by the awful casting choices detailed below. Whether an individual was too outgoing or too meek, too animated or too withdrawn, and in some cases just downright terrible in a role, we’ve decided to outline the 10 Worst Casting Choices in Comic Book Movie History, so as to share our lament with all our fellow comic book readers out there.
10. George Clooney as Bruce Wayne (Batman & Robin)
Before Batman & Robin, the 1997 abomination of a film directed by Joel Schumacher, you’d have been hard pressed to convince us there was a role George Clooney couldn’t play. After all, with those looks, that charm, and a dedicated bachelor lifestyle to his name, the man seemed capable of filling most any leading man role, and most especially the one of Bruce Wayne, with whom he seemed to share more than a few similarities. And perhaps in a different Batman film, Clooney would’ve made for a fine Caped Crusader. As it stands, he’s by far the worst actor to have ever taken up the cowl, and Batman & Robin rates among the worst comic book movies ever made (and perhaps just movies in general, now that we think on it). Not only is Clooney woefully miscast here, but just about everyone else is downright wretched in their roles as well (we’ll have more on that later).
Should Have Cast: Val Kilmer (He was not the problem in Batman Forever)http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Batman_(George_Clooney) Via BatmanWikia