1. Jon Hamm as Green Lantern
Jon Hamm is a huge fan of superhero movies but bluntly passed on the opportunity to portray Green Lantern in the 2011 film, because he was disappointed with the direction in which the studios were taking them.
2. Tom Cruise as Iron Man
Tom Cruise has praised Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Iron Man, saying he was the perfect match for the role of Tony Stark and despite persistent rumors, he was never close to obtaining the part.
3. Matt Damon as Daredevil
Childhood pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were both eager for a shot at the main role in “Daredevil.” Damon ultimately ended up passing after getting a look at the subpar script.
4. Kate Beckinsale as Wonder Woman
Although Beckinsale was considered for the role of Diana Prince in “Wonder Woman,” she ultimately declined. She delicately implied the script was lacking and stated her days of wearing skin tight costumes are at an end.
5. Pierce Brosnan as Batman
Before he was enjoying a shaken martini as Bond, Brosnan was offered the role of Batman in the Tim Burton franchise. He mistakenly thought the movie would be a cheesy superhero flick and wanted to take on more serious films.
6. Emily Blunt as Black Widow
This British star regrets having to turn down the part of Black Widow in 2009. She had already committed to “Gulliver’s Travels” with Jack Black.
7. Josh Hartnett as Spider-Man
Early in his career, Hartnett was offered the role of Spider-man. He turned it down due to fear that he would be typecast as a superhero character.
8. Amandla Stenberg as Shuri
Shuri, Princess of Wakanda is a prime role from “Black Panther” turned down by Stenberg after much thought. She felt her skin was too light for the role, and it would detract from the film.
9. Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
Not eager for the limelight this role would bring, Larson turned down the offer to be Captain Marvel in the 2015 film “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” She later had a change of heart and will play the part in 2019.
10. Paul Newman as Lex Luthor
Newman was in good company when he refused a four million dollar offer to play Lex Luthor in the 1978 “Superman” film. Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds and Robert Redford also declined to be in the film.
11. Leonardo DiCaprio as Spider-Man
While DiCaprio does not think the part of Spider-Man would have impacted the trajectory of his career, he felt he was not yet ready to take on the role when it was offered to him by James Cameron.
12. Jessica Chastain as The Wasp
Chastain was very interested in becoming part of a superhero franchise, but when she was offered the role of The Wasp, the amount of screen time was not enough for her.
13. Heath Ledger as Batman
Though Ledger did appear as The Joker in the “Batman” sequel, he originally was not compelled enough by the series to accept the role of Batman.
14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Star-Lord
Gordon-Levitt would later regret turning down the part of Star-Lord to appear in the unsuccessful “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.”
15. Will Smith as Superman
The 2006 film, “Superman Returns” almost featured Smith in the starring role. He turned it down because he feared fans would be upset at a Superman with darker skin.
Logan Sekulow is a renowned producer and director.
With the ever increasing slew of superhero films hitting the big screen, there of course needs to be a must-watch list! Here’s a list of the top ten superhero films of all time! This list, is of course, subject to personal preference, and internet fisticuffs are all but expected.
Number 10: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Let’s be honest, compared to everything else this movie is up here on the list as kind of a pity vote. Do better DC, Marvel is totally trashing you in the theaters.
Number 9: Wonder Woman
Doing better DC. Of all the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman is easily the strongest showing to date. It’s honestly just plain better than Justice League.
Number 8: Guardians of the Galaxy
If you wanted to bust a gut laughing at the theaters, this is a movie you can watch and have a good time with just about anyone. The dialogue is great, the humor is superb, and the characters, marvelous.
Number 7: Iron Man
Arguably the Marvel film that really kick-started the entire MCU, Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark fits like a suit of perfectly cave-forged powered armor. Cool, classy, and with just that little bit of over the top snark.
Number 6: X-Men Apocalypse
One thing Fox got over Disney? Quicksilver.
Be it this movie or the prequel, Quicksilver’s scenes are possibly the coolest superhero moments ever.
Number 5: Logan
There’s just something about Logan that really hits home after all of Hugh Jackman’s time on the big screen as Wolverine.
But he’s still got that little bit of juice left and a whole lot of willpower to do the right thing. A more satisfying conclusion to a beloved character’s story couldn’t be asked for.
Number 4: Avengers: Infinity War
It was a hell of a ride watching nearly all of the Marvel heroes show up on the same screen. Sadly this means character development takes a back-burner, and a lot of scenes aren’t as awesome as they could’ve been.
Knowing the movie has a second part doesn’t help matters much either.
Number 3: Spider-Man Homecoming
Without a doubt, this is the best Spider-Man film to come out after the original Raimi trilogy and the Amazing Spider-Man reboot. While Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield always felt too old to play as a young Peter Parker, Tom Holland absolutely nails the role with a splendid breath of fresh air. Not only is the film packed with action and Spidey humor, Holland’s performance is both believable and true the character’s roots.
Number 2: Deadpool
Who says you can’t have a successful rated R superhero movie? Although arguably more an anti-hero than a do-gooder caped crusader, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is absolutely hilarious. We don’t talk about his original appearance in the Wolverine films, however. Deadpool makes enough jokes about that on his own.
Number 1: The Dark Knight
It’s been a little over ten years since Christopher Nolan’s second Batman film released in theaters and made everyone lose their minds. This is one of those movies where the villain outshines the hero, and boy does Heath Ledger’s Joker deliver. There is literally nothing bad that can be said about this film.
Logan Sekulow is a renowned producer and director.