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Top 40 Comic Book Film Actors


It’s been awhile since I last posted, so here’s a doosey of a list to make up for it.  The Top 40 actors who have appeared as different characters in comic book films.


40.  Ben Affleck – Too soon?  I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually enjoyed Affleck as blind lawyer, Matt Murdock by day, titular superhero by night in Daredevil (2003).  His announcement as the next Bruce Wayne in Batman vs. Superman (2016) has the Internet a-buzzing.  I think he’ll impress; as for the movie itself – not a chance in hell.


39.  Hugh Jackman – Okay, so he’s only portrayed one comic book character, but that one character is figgin’ Wolverine, and like the ol’ knucklehead, he’s the best at what he does.  Jackman has been able to take that one character and build a complete franchise; he’s starred as Wolverine in 7 films, X-Men (2000), X2 (2003), X-Men:  The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins:  Wolverine (2009), X-Men:  First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), and now X-Men:  Days of Future Past (2014).  That’s approaching Harry Potter-like territory.


38. Halle BerryI would just as rather like to block out of my memory her portrayal of Catwoman (2004) and Storm in the X-Men films (2000 – 2014).


37.  Daniel Craig – Before he was blasting away aliens in Cowboys and Aliens (2011), Craig was blasting away Tom Hank’s family in Road to Perdition (2002).


36. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – He was Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), and at one point (in my mind at least), a front-runner to play Black Panther, though sadly his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not so memorable as a masked henchman in Thor:  The Dark World (2013).


35.  Hugo Weaving – Always good to provide some dramatic flair to any role, he caused havoc in V for Vendetta (2005) and continued the streak of chaos as Cap’s nemesis, Red Skull, in Captain America (2011).


34. James Marsden – Marsden cut short his coveted Cyclops role in the third film of the X-Men trilogy (2000 – 2006) for a really boring role as Lois Lane’s boyfriend in Superman Returns (2006).


33. Anthony Hopkins – Hopkins dazzled as the alfather in Thor (2011) and Thor:  The Dark World (2013).  He throws down with all the other award-winning geriatrics in Red 2 (2013).


32.  John Malkovich – This crazy old man wants to destroy the government that’s out to get him in both Red (2010), and Jonah Hex (2010).  His particular brand of wackiness returns in Red 2 (2013).


31. Parker Posey – Another of my personal favorites.  Her deviousness first appeared in Josie and the Pussycats (2001).  She then tormented Hannibal King with her vampire-fanged vagina in Blade II (2002).  She continued to annoy Supes, Lex, and the audience alike in Superman Returns (2006).  But I have to ask:  What’s with the Pomeranian pooches?


30.  Natalie Portman - My would-be wife in another life starred as a wide-eyed damsel in V for Vendetta (2005), and then went on to star as a wide-eyed damsel in Thor (2011).  She reprises her ‘You Jane; Me Thor’ role in Thor:  The Dark World (2013).


29.  Megan Fox – As her list of comic book film credits grows, so too does my lack of interest in her in general.  Fox slunk onto the scene in Transformers (2007), and again in Transformers:  Revenge of the Fallen (2009). Despite being replaced for the third Transformer film, she wrangled a role in Jonah Hex (2010).  See her next as redheaded April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).


28.  Eva Green – Green blasts onto the comic book film scene with two flicks this year.  She’s the battle-hungry babe, Artemisia, in 300:  Rise of an Empire (2014) and the title character in Sin City:  A Dame to Kill For (2014).  It’s all about those dark, mysterious eyes!


27. Mickey Rourke – Though he failed to bring it as Whiplash in Iron Man 2 (2010), much of the success of Sin City (2005) rests solely on the awesomeness of Rourke’s bad-ass character, Marv.  He reprises the role Sin City:  A Dame to Kill For (2014).


26.  Jim Carrey -  A flamboyant overacter already, I was surprised to find Carrey had only a few comic books movies to his list of credits.  He of course played the Riddler in Batman Forever (1995), but look for his, albeit brief, comic book comeback as Colonel Stripes and Stars in Kick-Ass 2 (2013).


25.  Lena Headey – She’s awesome as Queen Cersei in HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011 -), but that’s not the first time she’s played a queen; she was the sexy Queen to Leonidas in 300 (2006), and Slo-Mo drug queen Ma-Ma in Dredd (2012).


24.  James McAvoy –  He’s the young Professor X (with hair) in X-Men:  First Class (2011) and X-Men:  Days of Future Past (2014).  He’s also the bullet-curving protagonist in Wanted (2008).


23.  Nicholas Cage - Oh boy.  A self-admitted comic book fanboy, Cage is no stranger to the comic book film world.  He’s played the definitive title character for Ghost Rider (2007) and the sequel, Ghost Rider:  Spirit of Vengeance (2011).  He was also kinda excellent in Kick-Ass (2010).  But the coup de grace here would have been Tim Burton’s now infamously failed Superman project starring Cage as the Big Blue Boy Scout.  That would have been a train wreck.


22.  Ray Park – Stuntman by trade, Park was made some inroads into the limelight, though sadly they are characters which are usually mute or dubbed over.  He played Brotherhood of Evil Mutant, Toad in X-Men (2000), and Snake Eyes in both G.I. Joe:  Rise of Cobra (2009) – with lips, and G.I. Joe:  Retaliation (2013) – no lips.  Lips to no lips:  that’s