DC’s fledgling superhero franchise is only now getting off the ground. Even so, they’ve been putting out films for decades, each to a varying degree of success. Their scale of quality goes from the bad (Green Lantern) to the iconic (The Dark Knight), with a whole lot in between.
Throughout the years, DC movies have only really managed to succeed within the Batman and Superman wheelhouses, and even then, they’ve stumbled frequently. That’s not to say there aren’t some truly great performances within the franchise. Christopher Reeve will always be the Superman, and Heath Ledger’s Joker may very well be the best performance we’ve ever seen in a comic book film.
But where there are ups, there are bound to be downs. Really it’s a numbers game more than anything; if you’re going to put out 30-plus years worth of movies, odds are you’ll make some bad calls in the casting department somewhere along the way. These are DC’s 12 worst casting mistakes.
1. Tommy Lee Jones, Batman Forever
There’s plenty of blame to go around here, and to be fair, not all of it belongs at the feet of Tommy Lee Jones. When you take a world class actor, give him hokey dialogue, some terrible direction, and dress him up like a Vegas magician, you’re just asking for trouble.
All in all, Batman Forever was a perfect storm of awful, and unfortunately Jones got caught right in the thick of it all as Two-Face. He, at least, has a career’s worth of superior performances to fall back on, so ultimately it’s a happy ending for him.