With the recent successes of movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe, it’s almost impossible for us fans to imagine an alternative actor to play our favorite heroes.
However, did you know that another Hollywood star could have personified your caped crusader? These are the actors who could have owned the “super suit”!
Tom Cruise as Ironman
It’s difficult to imagine any other Ironman, isn’t it? Well, since Robert Downey Jr. has been so brilliant in playing the billionaire/philanthropist/superhero, we would have guessed that he was the first choice. The truth is, the more popular Tom Cruise was offered the part. However, he wanted his face to be always visible, even when in superhero mode. This request was too much to handle, so the makers preferred RDJ.
Emily Blunt as Black Widow
Scarlet Johansson has become a sex symbol, partially thanks to the Black Widow role. Who would have thought that this almost didn’t materialize because Emily Blunt and Marvel have initially agreed that the Edge of Tomorrow star will get the role? Unfortunately, Blunt was contractually obliged to abide to another production, Gulliver’s Travels. Oh, Emily what a HUMUNGOUS waste! (pun intended)
Russel Crowe as Wolverine
We cried as Hugh Jackman ended his career as Wolverine in the recent blockbuster hit, Logan. Would the iconic X-men hero been as popular if Russel Crowe played it? Crowe was asked to play the part in the first X-men movie, but he hesitated due to the funny reason that he didn’t want to be typecasted as an actor who had movies involving wolves. Read the script first, Maximus!
Olivia Wilde as Gamora
Probably one of the funniest MCU franchises ever, The Guardians of the Galaxy is starred by Zoe Saldana. She plays Gamora, the mean, green, fighting machine. It’s interesting that Olivia Wilde was supposed to star in the movie. However, she “favored another project” and “had issues with female superheroes.” Your loss, Olivia! We still love you though.
Joaquin Phoenix as Doctor Strange
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was really the first choice to become the doctor-turned-superhero, but he had previous theater commitments as Hamlet. Marvel turned to Joaquin Phoenix but he had to decline because of a multi-picture deal which required his appearance in succeeding Marvel movies. “Strange” enough, the shooting date of the film was moved and Cumberbatch was already available.
John Krasinski as Captain America
Doesn’t seem plausible? Even if John was a comedian, he was offered this more serious role. However, upon putting on the “Cap suit”, Chris Hemsworth who stars as Thor passed by with his costume on. This was when reality hit The Office star, as how he would describe his feelings in interviews. It was a blessing in disguise though since we wouldn’t imagine any other Steve Rogers aside from Chris Evans.
John Krasinski as Star-Lord
Wait, what? I thought he was already supposed to be Captain? Well, Marvel has its eyes on Krasinski, so they asked him to star in another movie as Star-Lord, the leader of The Guardians of the Galaxy. He declined again, so the buffed and comedic Chris Pratt took his place. Come on, John! When will we see you in MCU?
Margot Robbie as Sue Storm
The Aussie Hollywood actress shocked us in her version of the infamous antihero, Harley Quinn. Who would have thought that she could have played a very different superhero personality as Sue Storm? Upon seeing the script, however, she knew the role was not a fit for her so she turned it down. Thankfully, the reboot for the superhero team was disastrous, and Kate Mara was the one who felt “invisible”. (pun intended, again)
Jason Momoa as Drax the Destroyer
Dave Batista was a revelation when he played the macho monster, but how could have Jason Momoa given justice to the part? He was really the first choice, but he didn’t want to be typecasted, given his roles from The Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian. He was eventually casted as Aquaman in The Justice League then, but it wouldn’t have hurt if we could see a Space Khal Drogo, right?
Jake Gyllenhaal as Spiderman
Toby Maguire was praised for being the friendly neighborhood masked vigilante for three movies. However, did you know that he could have been replaced in the second movie? Toby was injured when he filmed Seabiscuit, and Jake was contacted to replace him. However, the makers and Maguire figured out a compromise, so they had to let Jake go.
Nicolas Cage as Superman
Come on, now. Nicolas Cage as Superman??? No one had any idea that this was even remotely possible, but it’s true that he really was among those shortlisted for the role. However, upon testing the suit with awkwardness, the makers knew he wasn’t fit to be Clark Kent not only because of aesthetics but also because of personality.
John Boyega as Black Panther
John Boyega was a superstar overnight with the success of “The Force Awakens”. Because of his acting prowess, many agreed that he is a perfect fit to become the first Black Panther. However, he rebutted all the possibilities in his interviews. Rumors were later answered, as Marvel decided to give the role to Chadwick Boseman.
Jack Black as Green Lantern
The Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds was already a disaster. It would have been more terrible if they casted a funny and fat Jack Black, right? I am not joking though when I say that he really was considered for the role because the movie initially had a “light” script. The producers eventually decided to stick with the winning formula and Reynolds was called to play the part.
Liam Hemsworth as Thor
Did you know that Chris Hemsworth could have never been the God of Asgard? It was his younger brother Liam, who was poised to be the superhero. Although the elder Hemsworth auditioned for the role, he was not called until Joss Whedon asked why. He was then asked to audition again in Vancouver, where he was also filming “Cabin in the Woods”. Yes, there is also sibling rivalry in Hollywood, folks.
Bill Murray as Batman
When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? BATMAN!!! Tim Burton considered Bill Murray to become the caped crusader instead of Michael Keaton. However, he seemed unfit in physique and personality so The Dark Knight will not go down as one of his memorable performances. It’s cool being a Ghostbuster still, Bill!