Back in March, J.K. Simmons was announced for the role of Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming Justice League: Part One — freshly renamed Justice League — and we all wondered if that meant he wouldn't return as J. Jonah Jameson for Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Homecoming. What would Peter Parker do without his grumpy, cigar-chomping boss giving him hell? Thankfully, a look back at the history of comic book-based movies proves that actors don't have to limit themselves to one superhero tale in their career.
Now, Michael B. Jordan is the latest to follow this trend. After his roles in Fantastic Four and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, news just broke that the 29-year-old has been cast in Black Panther. Which role is going to stick with him, I wonder? Read on for seven other actors who've donned more than one comic book character costume.
1. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan's first superhero gig was as a voice actor for the animated Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, in which he lent his voice to Cyborg. In 2015, he would go on to star as the Human Torch in another failed attempt at bringing the Fantastic Four to the big screen — someone else on this list also had this role! Now he's been confirmed in the Black Panther movie alongside Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero. While his role hasn't yet been revealed, we do know that these secondary characters should appear in the 2018 movie.
2. Ryan Reynolds
Not only has Reynolds played different superheroes, he's even had two stabs at portraying Deadpool on the silver screen: First in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then (with much more success) in the recent Deadpool. Before all that, though, he played the eponymous hero in the not-so-well-received Green Lantern, which he even digs at in Deadpool when his titular character begs the mutant lab not to make his supersuit green.
3. Chris Evans
Evans probably has the longest record for comic-book-based roles: he played Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and of course he's Captain America in most of the recent Marvel movies. But did you know that he was also Nick Gant in Push, Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Captain Jake Jensen in The Losers and Curtis Everett in Snowpiercer? Only some of these characters are mutants, but all of these movies have their origins in comic books and graphic novels.
4. Ben Affleck
Affleck was Daredevil in a movie titled, you guessed it, Daredevil, but it turned out to be a massive flop. Still, he decided to ignore those who said he's just bad at playing superheroes and took on the colossal challenge of portraying the hero Gotham deserves in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Here's the trailer for Daredevil:
5. Halle Berry
Berry donned silver hair for her role as Storm in X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days Of Future Past. But four movies weren't enough to make us forget her performance in Catwoman, which has earned a 9 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Did you realize that Scarlet Witch's twin brother was also the wannabe superhero walking around in a green diving suit in Kick-Ass?
This is what R-rated superheroes were like before Deadpool:
7. Samuel L. Jackson
Few equations are more obvious than Samuel L. Jackson + superheroes = Nick Fury. But before he was bossing around at S.H.I.E.L.D., Jackson played Octopus in The Spirit, directed by Frank Miller. Since it was also based on a comic book, let's add to that his glorious role as Richmond Valentine, a.k.a the villain with a lisp, in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
8. Scarlett Johansson
ScarJo must have been taking notes on Samuel L., because she started with a graphic novel adaptation when she starred as Rebecca in Ghost World, then went on to play Silken Floss in Miller's The Spirit and is now best known for her role as Black Widow in the Avengers movies.