We all have that fun moment when describing a movie to a friend and having to describe an actor by what other roles she has played. “You know, that girl who played the assassin in Aeon Flux and the mom in The Road.” Well when you’re watching movies based on comic books, it gets a lot easier thanks to several actors who play multiple comic book characters. Here’s a look at some of the best crossover character actors in the comic book movie business.
She took her dive into comic book movies as Sue Storm, the mother figure in the Fantastic Four movies. But there was nothing motherly about her in Sin City, when she played stripper Nancy Callahan.
He took the cake as the merc with a mouth when he perfectly played everyone’s favorite cutthroat Deadpool in the unfortunate X-Men Origins: Wolverine film. The truly sad thing is that using the same acting to play earth’s first Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, wasn’t as endearing to DC fans.
Elba shocked fans for being able to pull off the role of Heimdall (a Scandinavian god that this British actor really owned) in last summer’s Thor. It was a little less shocking though that he could make for scary biker Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
While he is most famous as the killed-too-soon Sith Darth Maul, Park is actually an accomplished stuntman who has been in several comic book-inspired films. He actually had his own lines when he played Toad in the original X-men movie. But he didn’t even get to smile for the camera when he played fan favorite Snake Eyes in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Evans has perhaps the most experience with crossovers across six movies (when you include him at one of the seven evil exes that Scott Pilgrim must fight). He started his comic book portrayals as Johnny Storm the Human Torch in Fantastic Four. Most people would recognize him as Steve Rogers/Captain America from the Avengers movies.
But he is also in a lesser known comic book movie that seems a gold mine of actor recasting:
This film about a mismatched band of soldiers who end up stranded in South America after their own government fails in an attempt to assassinate them is actually based on a DC comic by the same name. Evans plays the tech weenie and class clown Jensen. Idris Elba plays tough guy Roque. And Jeffrey Dean Morgan leads the crew as Clay. He also makes our little list here thanks to his portrayal of The Comedian in The Watchmen.
What a tangled web of fun comic book movies have become.
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