ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

If there was any question as to whether our new Captain Marvel is truly Marvel-ous, Oscar-winning and multi-talented actress Brie Larson will making her feature-length directorial debut with the Samantha McIntyre-penned indie comedy Unicorn Store.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Larson will not only be standing at the helm of Unicorn Store, but will also star in the upcoming film and act as producer alongside The District's David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer amongst others. Earlier on, the title was set to be directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) and star Rebel Wilson, but both dropped due to scheduling conflicts.

Reports claim Unicorn Store is about "a woman named Kit who, after moving back in with her parents, receives a mysterious invitation to a store that will test her idea of what it really means to grow up."

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Larson isn't the only (soon-to-be) superhero to take some time to direct a movie, and she certainly won't be the last. That being said, not every actor is as super at directing as they are at starring in movies — not everyone can be Ben Affleck or James Franco.

Here are 11 other superheroes — and villains — you may not have known have set aside their capes for a camera to direct feature-length films:

1. Mark Ruffalo

Superhero: Bruce Banner/Hulk
Movie: Sympathy for Delicious (2010)

Much like Bruce Banner's dual personalities, Mark Ruffalo is dually talented. The Marvel actor directed and starred in the 2010 drama Sympathy for Delicious. While the movie didn't get a wide release, it did win the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2010.

2. Chris Evans

Superhero: Steve Rogers/Captain America and Johnny Storm/Human Torch
Movie: Before We Go (2014)

The 2014 romance Before We Go was the directorial debut for Chris Evans where he played the lead Nick Vaughan alongside Alice Eve. Sadly, the film brought in just over $388,000 from the box office on a $3 million budget, and garnered widely negative reviews. Sorry, Cap.

3. Nicolas Cage

Superhero: Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider and Damon Macready/Big Daddy
Movie: Sonny (2002)

Not only was Sonny directed by a superhero veteran, but it also starred one! In Sonny, Ghost Rider and Big Daddy actor Nicolas Cage directed Spider-Man actor James Franco. The movie is about a young man, Sonny, who returns from war to find his mother's attempts to to coerce him to return working in her brothel.

4. Jason Momoa

Superhero: Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Movie: Road to Paloma (2014)

Jason Momoa has yet to make his official entrance into the DCEU, but I'm confident his role in Justice League will make a splash. To get your Momoa fix in the meantime, check out the 2014 movie Road to Palmoa, which he directed and starred in.

5. George Clooney

Superhero: Bruce Wayne/Batman
Movies: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), Leatherheads (2008), The Ides of March (2011) and The Monuments Men (2014)

Of all the superhero actors on the list, George Clooney might be the most well-known director. For those who don't know, Clooney has been flexing his directing muscles since the early 2000s, and shows little sign of stopping. His next title Suburbicon is currently in pre-preproduction and is set to be released next year.

6. Kevin Bacon

Supervillain: Sebastian Shaw
Movie: Loverboy (2005)

Loverboy was a family affair, and not just in its bizzarre subject matter. Not is Kevin Bacon the director, but it stars his wife Kyra Sedgwick as well as their two children Sosie Bacon and Travis Bacon. Loverboy is about a woman who takes motherhood to a new, and terrifying, level.

7. Famke Janssen

Superhero: Jean Grey
Movie: Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

Famke Janssen's Bringing Up Bobby (not to be confused with the 2009 direct-to-video Christian comedy of the same title) stars Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich as a Ukrainian con artist who attempts to make good on a brand new life in Oklahoma.

8. Michael Keaton

Superhero: Bruce Wayne/Batman
Movie: The Merry Gentleman (2008)

The Merry Gentleman premiered at Sundance and was largely met by positive reviews, but it looks like Michael Keaton has hung up his director's cap for a while. But with two Oscar-winning titles under his belt in the last year, Birdman and Spotlight, I guess I don't blame him.

9. Jack Nicholson

Supervillain: Jack Napier/Joker
Movies: Drive, He Said (1971), Goin' South (1978), and The Two Jakes (1990)

Did you know that there was a Chinatown sequel? And did you know that it was directed by Jack Nicholson? Even though Nicholson, Joe Mantell, Perry Lopez, James Hong, and Allan Warnick all reprised their roles, the sequel didn't have the same magic as it's predecessor.

10. Danny DeVito

Supervillain: Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin
Movies: Matilda (1996), Death to Smoochy (2002) and Duplex (2003)

Other than George Clooney, I'd say Danny DeVito is the most well-known actor/director to grace this list. While his movies haven't always garnered the highest praise from critics, he still brought the classic Roald Dahl book Matilda to life — and who can fault him for that?

11. Jackie Earle Haley

Superhero: Rorschach
Movie: Criminal Activities (2015)

Jackie Earle Haley's 2015 thriller Criminal Activities stars John Travolta, Michael Pitt and Dan Stevens. In the film, four best friends who owe a mobster, Eddie, $400,000 are forced to hold Eddie's victim for 24 hours. Unfortunately, a series of misfortunes and misunderstandings stand in their way of clearing their debts.

For better or for worse, I think we can all admire the ambition it took for these actors to sit behind the camera for a change.


Which of these super directors surprised you most?

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]


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