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‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Twilight’ and other movie casting that angered fans

With film adaptations come great responsibility. And whether you’re making movies from books, comics or just other films, existing fans generally want to have a say in the matter.

Recent casting for “The Hunger Games” movies reminds us that those fans are hard to please. So while we wait to see if their reservations are justified (ahem, “Catwoman”) or ill-founded (Robert Pattinson!), let’s look back at some movie casting that caused conniptions.

-- Mikey O’Connell, Zap2it (Warner Bros., Miramax, EW, Summit, MGM)
With first looks at leads Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in “Games” costume all public, fans of the book series are still disgruntled about the choices for the big screen launch. We’ll have to wait until March 2012 to see if their reservations are well-founded. (Entertainment Weekly)
Can you imagine a world where “Twilight” fans hate R-Patz? Well, it existed in early 2008. If you can even believe it, the film adaptation’s choice for Edward did not initially go over well. (Summit)
The choice of Lois Lane should have been a red flag for what ended up being the final installment of the original “Superman” franchise. (Warner Bros.)
There will only ever be one Sean Connery. (MGM)
With literary vampires come high expectations. And needlees to say, the pint-sized Mr. Cruise was not the Lestat millions of Anne Rice devotees had in mind. Or, for that matter, Anne Rice ... although she did eventually come around.  (Warner Bros.)
Absolutely nobody imagined Clint Eastwood as the romantic lead while reading Robert James Waller’s melodramatic novel of the same name. But none of them directed the adaptation, so shut up. (Warner Bros.)
Handing the coveted role of Andy to Hathaway did not go over well with “Prada” book fans, but she proved herself a wise choice when the film finally came out. (Not that anyone paid attention to anything but Meryl Streep.) (20th Century Fox)
Fans of Emily Giffin’s chick-lit hit of the same name were none too pleased with the choice of leads for the movie. Critics validated their concerns with its 2011 release. (Warner Bros.)
Come on. Just look at them. (Warner Bros.)
The lone casting issue with Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” reboot? Katie Holmes as the romantic lead. She ended up doing a fine job with boring Rachel, but that didn’t keep her from being unceremoniously recast with Maggie Gyllenhaal in “The Dark Knight.” (Warner Bros.)
After years in pre-production, the 2002 film adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical had fans divided over its choices in leading ladies. Catherine Zeta Jones earned an Oscar for her role. Renee Zellweger had a harder time winning audiences over. (Miramax Films)
Hey ‘Star Wars’ fans, it turns out that the man under Darth Vader’s mask is some Canadian teenager you’ve never heard of. Sorry!

Love Always,
George Lucas. (20th Century Fox)
The blogosphere almost imploded when Leigh was announced as the unlikable heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s beloved novel.

Just kidding! It was 1939, but we’re sure some heated telegrams were sent between fans. (Warner Bros.)
The cast of the 2005 film about Japanese women in World War II did a fine job -- despite the fact that they were almost all Chinese. This did not float with Asian audiences. (Columbia Pictures)
Jack Ryan would be hard enough to play if you were just being compared to Tom Clancy’s books. Throw in the fact that Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin both stepped into the role in previous films and you’ve got a recipe for disappointment. (Paramount)
The casting, the costume, the entire film... “Catwoman” was a perfect storm of awful Berry is still trying to live down. (Warner Bros.)
Fans and filmmakers wanted Alex Pettyfer to play Jace in the big screen version of Cassandra Clare’s YA series. They got that guy from ‘Camelot.’ (Starz)
There’s a lot fans would probably like to revise about the two “Fantastic Four” films, but the member of the quartet to raise the most concern (and eyebrows) was definitely Invisible Woman, Sue Storm. (20th Century Fox)
Fans of the Marvel comic got huffy when the “Wire” alum was cast as Asgard sentry Heimdall... because he’s originally drawn as white. You stay classy, nerds! (Paramount)
Lovers of the Oprah-approved book were confused when a significantly older-than-envisioned Roberts landed the lead in the 2010 film -- which ended up being bad for a bunch of other reasons. (Columbia Pictures)
After pretty much everyone in the western world read Dan Brown’s book about a suave, mysterious detective Robert Langdon, he finally arrived on the big screen in the form of Forrest Gump sporting some seriously ill-advised hair. (Columbia Pictures)
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