ByEvan Lee, writer at
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Evan Lee

This was a random idea that a relative of mine came up with: What if actors from the past (deceased or living) were still in their prime? Would they make good actors for superhero (or superheroine) roles?

I loved the idea! But I put my own little spin on it by only using stars of the classic Hollywood eras, the 1930s and 1940s actors that I think would make good comic book characters in today's movies. I'm not an expert on this time period but I did my research, so no worries people! Below I will list a handful of actors and actresses from the past and put what comic book character I think would best fit them.

Let us begin!

Clark Gable as Iron Man

Clark Gable as Iron Man would be amazing! You can't tell me Clark Gable doesn't remind you of a smooth, sophisticated Tony Stark - and he did it earlier. Mr. Gable is one of many on my list that were incredibly talented actors.

One of my favorite lines in film history! (Gone with the Wind)

Bette Davis as Catwoman

Please tell me you know who Bette Davis is! You have to know who this woman is... She's arguably the greatest actress that has ever lived. With her spunky, in-your-face attitude I could definitely see her as the purrrrrrfect (I went there) Catwoman! Plus, it helps to be a very versatile, and sometimes scary, actress on the big screen.

Harry Belafonte as Nick Fury

Vocalist, songwriter, actor, social activist: is there anything this man couldn't manage? I believe Harry Belafonte was ahead of his time as a "colored actor" back in his prime. One of my favorite movies is The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959). A brilliant movie in my opinion because it had so much potential, but it was ahead of its time, just like Mr. Belafonte. I don't think he's the greatest actor, but he was very talented and I can guarantee he would make a GREAT Nick Fury.

Also, check out this clip from The World, the Flesh and the Devil when Harry Belafonte has to cut co-star Inger Stevens hair. It's a big deal in cinema history, and a very POWERFUL scene!

Mae West as Harley Quinn

This woman was way, way, way, ahead of her time, not even joking! She had large hips, meat on her bones, an hourglass body, sassy, funny and an attitude that had the boys going wild for her! She was a good actress, too, and I think what made her so likable was her overall charisma. Mae West would've made a fantastic Harley Quinn.

"Why don't you come up sometime and see me? ... Come on up, I'll tell your fortune." - Mae West (She Done Him Wrong, 1933)

Errol Flynn as Captain America

Australian actor Errol Flynn was suave, a ladies man, handsome, and carried himself as a strong individual on the big screen, famous for the dashing characters he played. When I watch him in films he reminds me of Steve Rogers, no doubt. He's another talented actor on my list that I know would own the role of Captain America.

Katherine Hepburn as Talia al Ghul

Katherine Hepburn is another woman that deserves so much praise for her past performances. She's without a doubt one of the greatest actresses that have ever lived, I put her in second place behind Bette Davis. Some may disagree with my answer, but that doesn't make her any less an amazing actress. Both she and Bette Davis truly stood out as actors in the business for not playing the same pretty face in the room but actually going for intense, independent roles! I would've loved to see Mrs. Hepburn as Talia al Ghul or Black Widow... A very headstrong personality that will be missed.

Marlon Brando as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk

There's no denying that Marlon Brando is one of the GREATS in cinema history! The man brought realism and depth into his films and he's one of the most influential actors of all time. I've always thought Brando would be a great Bruce Banner. I would have paid anything to see him in his prime to play this character.

That's, it folks. There were quite a few more great actors and actresses from the Golden Age, but these individuals stood out the most from the crowd. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments section below. Would you like to see me cast more actors from the 50's or 60's in movies like [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)?


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