Marvel and DC are the two major players in the superhero business. The former has its own studio (Marvel Studios) to make superhero movies, while the latter is owned by Warner Bros. But there are a few other studios who are also making these movies (thanks to Marvel, who have licensed a few of their characters to Fox, Sony, and Universal). Superhero movies have been dominating the box-office for almost a decade now. Studios have become very serious about these IP’s (intellectual property) and are trying to one-up each other every year.
When something is so popular it attracts talent. Every high profile actor/director now wants to be a part of these movies. Well, this sometimes results in one actor working for different superhero projects. Let us share a list of top 9 actors who acted in both DC and Marvel movies.
We all know how much fans hated what Fox Studios did to Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They sewed the mouth of “The Merc with a Mouth” for god sake! However, there was nobody who was more disappointed than Mr. Reynolds himself. Born to play the role, Reynolds brought the character back to life (the way it should have been) on the big screen in 2016.
The movie was a smash hit and is now the highest grossing Rated R movie of all time. But before becoming one of the coolest superheroes, Reynolds starred in the titular role as “Green Lantern” in DC’s box office failure. He also played the character of Hannibal King in the vampire/superhero hybrid film “Blade Trinity”.
There was a lot of controversy when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman (that many fans now call Batfleck) for DC’s ambitious Batman V Superman project. Though I didn’t enjoy the movie; personally, I felt that he was the best part about it.
But before he became DC’s “Dark Knight”, he was Marvel’s attorney by day and vigilante by night blind superhero “Daredevil”. Daredevil was released in 2003 and was panned by critics and fans alike. I would recommend the “Director’s Cut” of the movie though, as it is a vast improvement over the theatrical version.
Marvel – X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
DC – Superman Returns (2006)
Fans of the comics know that the real leader of the X-Men is Cyclops, not Wolverine. This might have been the reason why Marsden was quick to make the switch from team Marvel to team DC. But can we blame the guy? X-Men: The Last Stand was a disaster!
He played the character of Richard White in Superman Returns; a love interest for the famous Metropolis newspaper reporter “Lois Lane”. The film did not set the box office on fire as DC was hoping, but we got to see Marsden as Cyclops one more time (and possibly the last time) in the smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
Marvel – Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016)
DC – The Losers (2010)
Captain America is one of the best superhero movie trilogies, period. Part of the credit goes to Chris Evans’ amazing portrayal of the character. He is able to represent both, the looks and the soul of the character from the comics. He also did a pretty good job of playing “The Human Torch” in the not so good Fantastic Four movies. However, not many people know that he has also played a DC character by the name of Jensen in the movie “The Losers”. It’s a very underrated film. I remember having fun watching it.
Marvel – Thor (2011), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013)
DC – The Losers (2010)
Chris Evans is not the only “Loser” who found a home at Marvel. Idris Elba was also a part of “Team Losers” before relocating as a guard on the rainbow bridge on Asgard (that must have been one hell of an expensive plane ticket). He also played the character of “Moreau” in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011).
On a different tangent, I am so happy that the rights of the character “Ghost Rider” have gone back to Marvel. The character has already made an appearance on TV in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and it would be interesting to see if/when/how Marvel Studios decide to use him in the MCU.
Marvel – Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
DC – Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Laurence Fishburne is a great actor, but for me, he will forever be the great “Morpheus” from The Matrix movies. Fishburne played the Marvel character “Silver Surfer” in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, who comes to destroy Earth for his master “Galactus”. However, his current home is DC’s fictional city of Metropolis where he is the editor-in-chief at the Daily Planet.
Natalie Portman is a very talented actress, but I just don’t buy her as an astrophysicist in the Thor movies. Her love story with Thor is also meh. There have also been rumors that she may not be reprising her role as Jane Foster anytime soon (if ever). But I loved her in the movie “V for Vendetta”. The transformation of her character from the beginning of the movie to the end is truly fascinating. Is it weird though that I thought she looked super-hot as a baldy?
Marvel – Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
DC – V for Vendetta (2006)
“Remember, Remember, the 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”. Based on DC’s graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta is a true feat of cinema.
Hugo Weaving played the character of “V”, an enigmatic revolutionist who wants to destroy the authoritarian government, set in a dystopian future in the United Kingdom. Just like “The Losers”, “V for Vendetta” is another examples where more than one actor moved to the enemy’s side (so to speak). Hugo weaving played the iconic villain “Red Skull” in Marvel’s first Captain America movie.
We may not love all three parts of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy equally, but there was one thing that was loved universally in all the three films. And that was J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson, the loud-mouthed editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle. People loved him so much that there was even a petition started online to cast him again as the same character in the upcoming Spider-Man movie. This, however, seems very unlikely to happen, as J.K. Simmons will now be a part of the new DCEU as “Commissioner Gordon”.