Throughout the past few decades we've seen some of the greatest superheroes make the jump from comic books to the big screen and television. Superman, Iron Man, Batman, the list goes on. We've also seen some of the greatest actors and actresses portray these diverse and complicated characters. Nowadays it seems every major actor out there has been a superhero at one point or another.
Some actors are clearly destined to play a superhero. Robert Downey Jr basically is Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man. Hugh Jackman has redefined the character of Wolverine on the big screen. And J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson is arguably the greatest casting decision for a comic book character ever.
Every once in a while an actor makes it big and lands a superhero role. His/her time comes and goes, and the character they played gets passed on to another actor. However, we know a superhero when we see one! Some actors are simply born to be rocking spandex and capes! Let's take a minute to recall a few actors who’ve - for better or for worse - played more than one super-character!
Check out Part 1 of "Actors Who've Played More Than One Superhero" here!!!
Storm -> Catwoman -> Storm
In the new millennium (that's the year 2000 ;D !) Halle Berry took on the role of X-Men's Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm. The movie launched the long lasting franchise that is still holding strong today! She reprised her role in X-Men 2 in 2003. Both films are classics in terms of superhero movies! I grew up with these movies, and I loved them to death! However, they were far from perfect. The worst of my grievances with these movies was Halle Berry as Storm. Storm in the comics comes off as a proud and strong woman, and Halle Berry to me is just poor casting.
In 2004, Halle Berry made the jump over to DC and portrayed Catwoman. Now, Selina Kyle is Catwoman, but Halle Berry played a character named Patience Phillips. This take on Catwoman had little to no resemblance to the comic book version, and absolutely TANKED! It was clearly an excuse to shove Berry into some scraps of leather and wave around a whip. It was GOD AWFUL!
Like...it has a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes...
Nothing else needs be said about it...let's all just forget it and go back to Storm! I hear X-Men: The Last Stand is coming out in 2006! That'll be better right? Well...meh. Granted Halle Berry's bar was set REALLY low at this point, X-Men 3 was still a mess. It's certainly a stunning movie and has a lot of great parts, but all of the parts just don't fit together right. There are three scenes from The Last Stand that are great and memorable. One is when Jean and Prof X have a psychic fight to the death and Prof X gets ripped apart...
Another is the infamous Juggernaut scene...
And the third scene is Wolverine killing Jean...
Notice something missing from all these important scenes? YOU GUESSED IT! Halle Berry as Storm. She just isn't good.
She returned yet again in 2014 to the role of Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This time though was just for nostalgic value. All the old stars were returning, so it made sense. At least this time was (probably) the last time, right?
Daredevil -> Batman
Ben Affleck has been in movies forever. Seriously, it feels like it! Classic movies too! Armageddon, Good Will Hunting, and Pearl Harbor, just to name a few! Then in 2003, he put on his first super suit and became Marvels "man without fear," Daredevil! Daredevil is often remembered as a bad movie, but I actually thought it was good! Not great, but it was a passable superhero movie. The problem I think with the film (besides Jennifer Garner as Elektra) was that Affleck basically was trying to be Batman in a Daredevil suit. He was too broody, his voice was scratchier when in the suit, and it just had a darker tone to it that didn't mesh well with the comedic undertones throughout.
The movie itself isn't that bad though. It's entertaining, and it brought Daredevil more into the spotlight.
When Affleck was first cast as Batman in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the world went a little nuts. Remember that whole week? It was all ANYONE talked about! Ben Affleck? Like really? HIM?!
I have to say though, I'm so excited about this. I think Ben might actually be able to pull it off! Batman is considered one of the most iconic superheroes of all time! Ben is an amazing actor, but he's a hit or miss. The level of awesomeness he needs to achieve as Batman has to be incredible, or it will fail. I think he'll step up to the plate and really do the role...(wait for it)... JUSTICE!
Affleck is also rumored to continue on with the role as the DC Cinematic Universe franchise grows. Supposedly, he has a minor appearance in Suicide Squad, and will be reprising his role as Batman for the inevitable Justice League movie. We'll just have to wait and see how Batfleck will turn out...
Samuel L. Jackson
Mace Windu -> Frozone -> Nick Fury -> Valentine
Yeah I know, that's a lot to take in, but seriously that's not even all of them. Samuel L. Jackson has played more comic book characters then probably anyone on planet Earth. We could sit here all day and talk about his bazillion roles playing all the characters ever...but let's just pick some of the more "super" roles and stick to those, okay? Okay. What is the first role on our list?
No not that one... I wouldn't necessarily classify Jules in Pulp Fiction as a "superhero" character. However, I would make the jump to say that Mace Windu from Star Wars Episode 1,2, and 3 is a superhero though! I personally had mixed feelings about The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), and Revenge of the Sith (2005). There are parts I love, and then there's Jar Jar Binks. While some really hate the newer trilogy, it cannot be denied that Samuel L. Jackson makes one badass Jedi!
Now, between Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3, Sam provided the voice for Frozone in Pixar's The Incredibles. The Incredibles (2004) is a movie I hold near and dear to my heart. It's a favorite of mine! Such a fun and cool idea of a super-family that I could watch over and over again! Samuel L. Jackson is awesome as Frozone, a retired superhero who comes out of said retirement to help save his city and his long time friend, Mr. Incredible.
I mean seriously...who could forget this INCREDIBLE scene?...(See what I did there?)
Then in 2008, Samuel L. Jackson literally created the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all started with Iron Man, but it wasn't until Nick Fury came out from the shadows of Tony Stark's apartment in the after credits scene that it was revealed that a massive universe was being created.
Since 2008, Sam has appeared in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014), and is also set to return to the MCU in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron later this year! Thats 8 different appearances as one character, and that's only the live-action movies and TV. He also provides some of the voices for Nick Fury for animated shows and video games.
Each and every appearance has been just epic. Each and every line the man has said is memorable. This man ASSEMBLED THE AVENGERS! It was not an easy task!
I think it's likely we'll never see Samuel L. Jackson reprise the role of Nick Fury again...
And now that brings us to today! Or rather last Friday... Samuel L. Jackson returns to yet another comic book movie as, not a hero, but a super villain! In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Samuel L. Jackson plays Richmond Valentine, an evil genius inventor with a diabolical plot to kill off most of the worlds population!
The movie was INSANELY FUN! I actually was lucky enough to interview Samuel L. Jackson himself and ask him about the movie! Check that out here!
Moviepilot even sent me to the red carpet premiere of Kingsman, where I got to see Samuel L. Jackson again!
His character, Valentine, has a lisp and is sickened by the sight of blood. We all know Sam Jackson as the bad m***** f***** that he is, so seeing him play a character with a silly lisp was strangely hysterical. Also you'd expect the villain of the film to be the most violent, but he gets queasy at the sight of blood, so he should avoid watching any Star Wars movies, right?
That's all for now folks! Make sure to check back soon for more actors who've played more than one superhero! Thanks for reading!