The Real Reason These Supervillain Actors Were Replaced
Sometimes, the actors who play the bad guys we love to hate have to pass the role to someone else. Maybe it’s because of behind-the-scenes drama, or perhaps it’s because of busy schedules. Here are the real reasons these supervillain actors were replaced.
Frank Gorshin played the quizzing villain the Riddler in the '60s Batman series.
Gorshin's masked trickster remained one of the most well-loved villains of the series, and even Mark Hamill named him as one of his influences for his voice work on the Joker.
Yet in Batman's second season, Gorshin inexplicably disappeared for two episodes and was replaced by John Astin, who's best known as Gomez Addams from The Addams Family. They were Astin's only appearances as the brain-teasing bad guy, and Gorshin eventually returned to the role.
There are different stories about why the brief hiccup in casting happened. Gorshin's version was that he had a nightclub appearance commitment he couldn't get out of that conflicted with the shooting schedule. But Batman producer William Dozier claimed that Gorshin's talent agency demanded more money for the actor's appearances on the show than its budget could bear.
Two of Marvel's most vicious rivals are Wolverine and Victor Creed, a.k.a. Sabretooth . Fans got a tiny piece of that rivalry on the big screen in 2000's X-Men when retired professional wrestler Tyler Mane played Sabretooth as part of Magneto's Brotherhood. He doesn't say much, but he gets a couple of good throw-downs with Hugh Jackman's Logan. But when it was time to give Logan his first solo flick with 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Mane was nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was Liev Schreiber playing the savage mutant. Keep watching the video to see the real reason these supervillain actors were replaced!
The Riddler | 0:18
Sabretooth | 1:25
Red Skull | 2:29
Catwoman | 3:41
Two-Face | 4:40
Thanos | 5:42
The Joker | 6:49
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