Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is perhaps one of the most inspiring castings that have been ever done in the X-Men franchise. However, not every casting choice was great. With that being said, stereotypically, casting is something that could break or make any film, especially when it comes to the superhero genre. At the same time, not everything could be created equal in a franchise.
With that said, when Bryan Singer brought the X-Men comic universe to life, it helped Hugh Jackman to become an overnight star. But during all these years, there have been some worst decisions as well that the franchise took in regards to their casting. These are 5 of them –
Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber)
The relationship between Logan and Creed was complicated in the comic world. There have been quite some hints that they are father and son. But apparently, they turned out to be foster brothers who hated each other. In the very first X-Men film, it was Tyler Mane who portrayed Sabretooth on screen. But later in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was Liev Schreiber who took the role and made it look more complex. While Schreiber was a great actor, this particular role wasn’t made for him. He wasn’t menacing at all and didn’t have a muscular body. Leave everything; the actor didn’t even have the classic long hair that Sabretooth was famous for.
The Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones)
The Juggernaut has occasionally worked with the team but has always been a major X-Men foe. After finding mystical gen, Cain Marko got cladded in an armor that helped him turn into a strong and unstoppable force. Later, he used it to attack the team. While he could have been an incredible character on screen, Vinnie Jones was perhaps the worst decision here. The character was supposed to get played by a pro wrestler and not just a soccer player. Moreover, Jones was quite infamous for his temper on the soccer field. Perhaps that is why he failed to portray it on screen.
Emma Frost (January Jones)
While it could have been a great character to drool at on-screen, January Jones ended up becoming a horrible one. Emma Frost is a powerful telepath. But at the same time, she is incredibly rich and carries a true Queen-like attitude and arrogance with herself. With that being said, January Jones came off listless and flat and failed to do any wicked sharp tongue that The White Queen was known for. As a result, fans and viewers denied buying her at all. While the character should have been quite arrogant, Emma Frost was nothing but annoying after all.
Angel (Ben Hardy)
Warren Worthington, one of the original X-Men, has been through a lot of changes till now. While originally he had feather-like wings, it later got transformed into the classic blue-skinned character that got metallic wings. That is exactly where everything went wrong. While fans thought he’d play a prominent role in Last Stand, Angel never got an opportunity to do much after all. With that said, Ben Hardy was somewhat okay but the character itself was poorly written. As a result, it highlighted Ben’s lack of charisma even more and due to the casting, Angel failed to soar higher.
Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence)
It was obviously an odd choice. While Jennifer Lawrence in 2011 was still unknown to many, casting her as Mystique seemed quite strange. While she tried her best to align right with the character’s screen demand, she lacked the sexiness of Rebecca Romijn. Later, the franchise offered her more screen time but somehow Lawrence in a heroic role didn’t go well.