Casting decisions for upcoming films cause uproar with fans


Recently, a few movie production studios released to audiences the casts for upcoming films. Fans, however, are not pleased with some of these choices. 

Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” This film, based on the popular novel by E.L. James, follows the erotic romance story between college graduate Anastasia Steele and young businessman Christian Grey. 

But fan favorites for “Fifty Shades of Grey” were Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder for Christian Grey, and Alexis Bledel for Anastasia Steele. The choices of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have caused fans to even go so far as to start various petitions aimed at getting the film recast. Dana Brunetti, producer of the movie, was so outraged by the backlash on Twitter, that he responded, “There is a lot that goes into a casting that isn’t just looks. Talent, availability, their desire to do it, chemistry with other actor, etc. So if your favorite wasn’t cast, then it is most likely due to something on that list. Keep that in mind while hating and keep perspective.” 

James Spader was cast as Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” This choice, unlike the others, was actually met with a generally positive reaction. I, too, echo this reaction. Spader was chosen for the role by Joss Whedon, director of the film. Anyone chosen by Whedon is a good choice. 

Now on to something more controversial: Ben Affleck. He is set to play the lead role as Batman in the sequel to “Man of Steel.” Many fans are outraged. Some believe it is a chance for Affleck to redeem himself from “Daredevil,” while others think that we need to see the movie before we make negative assumptions about Affleck’s performance. I am not going to say that I’m excited to see him as my all-time-favorite vigilante. But then again, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. I mean, is it really possible for any star to fail as badly as George Clooney did as the Caped Crusader in “Batman & Robin?” I don’t think so.