This is Cumberbatch's first lead role in a big budget hollywood film. He won't have cost as much as a proven blockbuster actor. I'm not disagreeing on the fact that Cumberbatch is a good actor but these kind of film are not just about acting. Colin Farrell is good character actor and his put in some very strong performances but every time they cast him in mainstream lead he can't hold the film together. Sean Connery isn't the greatest actor but he can hold a mainstream film together. There is a risk that Cumberbatch can't hold a blockbuster together, a small one I grant you, but his salary will reflect that.theNater said:If they want people to keep showing up, they need to keep making good movies. That requires hiring good actors, especially for the starring roles. While actors who are good but not famous would be more cost-efficient, those are few and far between. Better to pay out for a big name(and keep the cash rolling in) than to tank the franchise by going for a crappy but cheap actor.Daaaah Whoosh said:At this point, isn't it a bad idea for Marvel to keep getting big names in their movies? I mean, it's not like they need anything other than 'by Marvel Studios' to get people to show up at the theatres, and I don't even want to know how much it costs to book Cumberbatch these days, let alone keep him available for sequels.
That said, he's an actor I have no problems with, and I'm sure he'll do justice to the role. So, overall, meh.