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    12 Times Movies Successfully Recast Actors And 8 Times They Failed Miserably

    Joaquin Phoenix's work as The Joker was so great it earned him an Academy Award, while a lot of fans would rather forget Emilia Clarke's turn as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys.

    Recasting happens for many reasons throughout Hollywood, from performers being ill-fitting for a particular role, a background character becoming more important in a sequel, or unavoidable real-life circumstances throwing a wrench into things.

    With that said, recasting can also be a blessing in disguise, as there are more than a few replacements who have gone on to make the role their own and become synonymous with the character itself.

    As such, I've assembled 12 recastings that worked out exceptionally as well as eight others that are better off forgotten:

    There are obviously some spoilers ahead!

    1. GREAT: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel (2013)

    Brandon Routh as Superman vs. Henry Cavill as Superman

    2. FAIL: Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008)

    Katie Holmes as Rachel vs Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel

    3. GREAT: Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker in Joker (2019)

    Jared Leto as The Joker vs Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

    4. FAIL: Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys (2015)

    Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor vs Emilia Clarke

    5. GREAT: Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

    Emma Fuhrmann vs Kathryn Newton

    6. GREAT: Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

    Mel Gibson vs Tom Hardy as Max

    7. FAIL: Jonathan Groff as Agent Smith in The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

    Hugo Weaving vs. Jonathan Groff as Agent Smith

    8. GREAT: Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

    Richard Harris vs Michael Gambon as Dumbledore

    9. GREAT: Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022)

    Johnny Depp vs. Mads Mikkelsen as Grindewald

    10. FAIL: James Remar as Lord Raiden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

    Christopher Lambert vs James Remar as Lord Raiden

    11. GREAT: Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine in Iron Man 2 (2010)

    Terrence Howard vs Don Cheadle as Rhodey

    12. GREAT: Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006)

    Pierce Brosnan vs Daniel Craig as James Bond

    13. FAIL: Stuart Townsend as Lestat in Queen of the Damned (2002)

    Tom Cruise vs. Stuart Townsend as Lestat

    14. GREAT: Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It (2017)

    Tim Curry vs Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

    15. GREAT: Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Brian Cox vs. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal

    16. FAIL: Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001)

    Jodie Foster vs Julianne Moore as Clarice

    17. GREAT: Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

    Edward Norton vs Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner

    18. FAIL: Will Forte as Shaggy Rogers in Scoob! (2020)

    Matthew Lillard vs an animated Shaggy

    19. GREAT: Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009)

    William Shatner vs Chris Pine as Captain Kirk

    20. And finally, FAIL: Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates in Psycho (1998)

    Anthony Perkins vs Vince Vaughn as Normal Bates

    Which other movie recasting have you loved? Or, which could you have done without? Tell us in the comments below!