15 Not-So-Iconic Portrayals Of Iconic Characters

We have told you before how some casting choices that made history were a last-minute replacement. But in other cases, some roles weren't just almost played by different actors -- they were.

It has been said that casting is 90% of filming (or 80%, or 65% -- measurements differ, probably because of the metric system). We don't know if that's the reason why these failed to make a splash. Just look at them, and you tell us.

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Harley Quinn was Joker-less long before her emancipation. Dr. Harleen Quinzel, played by Mia Sara, was the main villain in a short-lived Birds of PreySource: CBR.COM

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The Doctor regenerated as Rowan Atkinson. Atkinson POLiCE was Mr. Bean and Edmund Blackadder-and he was also everyone's favorite Time Lord in the DoctSource: Entertainment Weekly

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lan Holm was a picture-perfect Poirot. David Suchet has been the definitive Hercule Poirot since 1989. But that mantle could have easily gone to Holm,Source: Radio Times

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Clouseau looks different in Curse of the Pink Panther. Made after Peter Sellers' death, the movie is not focused on Inspector Clouseau. However, RogerSource: CBS News

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J.D. Salinger's A son was Captain America. A Matt Salinger grew up reading Captain America's comics, and in 1990 he got to play the character. Today hSource: GQ

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Low-budget Hulk had a low- budget Thor. Long before the MCU, a frat- boyish Thor showed up in The Incredible Hulk Returns, opposite Bill Bixby and LouSource: Tor.com

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Peter Cushing was Winston Smith 30 years before 1984. If you think of 1984, you think of John Hurt. But in 1954, none other than Peter Moff Tarkin CSource: BBC

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Spider-Man was narrated by Morgan Freeman in the 70s. Spidey's live-action debut was in a recurring skit in the children's show The Electric Company.Source: MeTV

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The first Jason Bourne was quite older. In 1988, when Matt Damon was barely 18, ABC aired a three-hour- long adaptation of The Bourne Identity. RicharSource: 7 Bizarre Early Versions of Famous Characters

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A sitcom actor played Jack Torrance. Unhappy with Stanley Kubrick's take on The Shining, Stephen King produced his own miniseries adaptation in 1997 wSource: The Dissolve

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Kirk Alyn was the first Superman. While not the most iconic performance of the Man of Steel, Alyn was the first actor to ever bring him to life on a sSource: Superman Homepage

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The first James Bond was American. Actor Bary Nelson starred in a TV adaptation of Casino Royale eight years before Sean Connery sipped a martini in aSource: Live For Films

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Indiana Jones was young once. Sean Patrick Flanery is known as Connor MacManus of The Boondock Saints. Back in the '90s, he played a young Indiana JonSource: Sidewalks Entertainment

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Brian Cox was Hannibal Lecter in the '8Os. Cox played the sophisticated people eater in 1986's Manhunter. The movie went mostly unnoticed at the time,Source: Den of Geek

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Casper Van Dien was not Patrick Bateman. Van Dien shot a scene as the yuppie serial killer for The Rules of Attraction. The performance didn't make itSource: Director Roger Avary's YouTube channel