Calm Down, Internet!

by Aaron Einhorn
Megan Fox as April O’Neil
Ben Affleck as Batman
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Channing Tatum as Gambit
Kate Mara as Sue Storm
Miles Teller as Reed Richards
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

You know what all of these actors and their roles have in common? The fact that we don’t know anything about what their performance will be like. We can make some guesses as to how well they’ll fit physically, and we can even infer something based on past performances, but we do not know.

You know who does know? The casting directors for the films they’re on. And these people are paid a great deal of money to cast the right actor on the film to make it a success. They don’t have anything invested in crushing your dreams – they want to cast actors who have a mix of marketability and an ability to play the character. Yes, it’s about money, but making a good movie is how they make money.

You know who they have something in common with?

Michael Keaton as Batman
Chris Reeve as Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman
Chris Evans as Captain America
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark

There were people ready to criticize and condemn each of these actors as being totally wrong for their characters before we saw the final result. And they all worked out (with varying degrees of success) pretty well.

So, hey, Internet? Can we all relax and not judge an actor until we see the final product? Besides, so much of the actual portrayal will have to do with the script and the direction that it’s only partially on the head of the actor in any case. I think that Brandon Routh and James Marsden both had amazing potential as Superman and Cyclops, but we never got to see that because of the script and direction.

Which doesn’t mean you can’t decide you’re not interested in seeing the film. I have less than zero interest in anything directed/produced by Michael Bay, and based on past performances, I wouldn’t expect to be impressed by Megan Fox’s acting so I won’t be seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But I’m not going to judge Megan Fox’s April O’Neil unless/until I see the film.