Don’t ever piss off a bunch of comics fansIf ever there was a subculture near impossible to please, comics fanboys are it. They know every origin story, limited-series run and guest artist. And you can bet your ass they have a particular vision of who should star in whatever superhero movie Hollywood produces next week. Granted, not every casting decision is the right one. Just look at January Jones in X-Men: First Class. Or Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3. Or literally everyone in Batman and Robin. But, sometimes, the level of fanboy anger aimed at comic movie casting is just plain unwarranted. And in cases where an actor simply doesn’t look like the character they’re playing, it’s stupid. So here are the casting decisions that have set off the worst cases of collective nerd-rage.
Keanu Reeves (Constantine)
Over the years, Keanu Reeves has proven himself to be a worthy undercover FBI agent, a cop with superior bomb expertise, and “The One.” But when he was announced as the title character in 2005’s Constantine, fans of the Hellblazer comic the film was based on were sure he was anything but the right one. Maybe it’s the fact that he looks completely opposite the character. Or that he isn’t at all British and could never pretend to be. Or maybe no one could actually picture the same guy who played Ted as a world-renowned magician and exorcist.