With the expansion of cinematic worlds and CGI effects, the superhero film genre has never been more profitable, and it seems like every actor in the industry wants a slice of the pie, but can you blame them? In the recent couple of years, Marvel films have all proved to be instant box office hits, on top of grossing an insane amount of money worldwide.
Superhero roles have also been proven to do magic for one’s acting career, by building some of the most obscure talents into some of the most affluent actors of our generation. The days of our modern action heroes sporting huge muscles and automatic weapons are slowly dying in favor of action heroes that don cool costumes and possess superhuman powers.
On top of all this, who hasn’t wanted to be a superhero? We’ve finally arrived far enough in the industry to make these outlandish comic book feats look convincing on the big screen. There are now a number of actors out there that believe they’d be exceptional in one of these roles, and some have been more vocal about it than others.
10. Bryce Dallas Howard
This seasoned actress has recently come into Hollywood’s large scope from her recent role in the highly successful Jurassic World film, where she shared screen time with Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt.
With the hunt for the Captain Marvel actress narrowing down, this red headed beauty has recently put her bid in for taking on that role. When asked by Cinema Blend on her interest for the part, she eagerly responded, “oh my God, will you write that? Will you write that please? Yes, let’s start a campaign now. That would be rad.”
9. Brandon Molale
While DC Warner Bros. have revealed news of Dwayne Johnson‘s portrayal of Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam! movie, the actor to take on the title role has yet to be announced. Rumors have risen from almost every direction, yet one actor stands above the rest in acknowledgement. In an interview with E! Online, Brandon Molale states that nothing has been finalized, yet he’d gladly accept the honor to portray the superhero.
“No, the script hasn’t even been written yet. But I’m just flattered that they’re even considering me. I was shocked. They’re making every comic-book movie as it is, and it’s like, you know, I know my abilities as an actor. I’m a good actor. I just need someone to give me something I can sink my teeth into.”
8. Nathan Fillion
Once you realize that this actor has held supporting parts in both Marvel and DC projects, it becomes a wonder as to why he hasn’t yet landed an official live action superhero role.
Nathan Fillion has made it clear that he is no way a stranger to geek culture, as he frequents large events where the fandom speaks for itself. During a panel at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, the actor revealed his interest in portraying Booster Gold, a less notable character in the DC Universe, yet strangely appropriate for him to portray.
“I think I could take a pretty good crack at Booster Gold. That’s kind of my niche… show-offy, vain. I think I could handle that… not too bright.”
7. Terry Crews
Despite being commonly identified as the “funny buff guy” in most of his projects, many are unaware that Terry Crews has had deep interest in portraying a variety of different superheroes. He most definitely has the musculature, and despite there being a severe shortage of notable African-American superhero characters, the actor has expressed his openness to play ambiguous characters such as the Silver Surfer.
“You know who else I’d like to play? The Silver Surfer. I always LOVED him – I thought I had the build, the body, I could get on that surfboard, and if they ever do a live-action version of Silver Surfer, I think that would be perfect for me.”
He later lobbied for the role of Luke Cage, however it was later rewarded to another actor.
6. Donald Glover
After the conception of the Miles Morales character in the Ultimate Spider Man series, there may have been no fan on Earth that didn’t see this rapper/actor/comedian in the role.
During the character’s first reboot into the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, rumors circulated around Donald Glover portraying the titular character, however it was later given to actor Andrew Garfield as the studio preferred to stick with the Peter Parker persona.
Glover was later rumored during the character’s most recent reboot into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet the studio opted on going another direction yet again. The actor has since settled on living out his webslinging fantasies through voicing the Miles Morales character in Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
5. Keanu Reeves
This actor is still commonly recognized as one of the most prominent pioneers in revolutionizing the action genre, making it only necessary he becomes inducted in the most popular sub-genre of this generation.
Keanu Reeves has recently proved to audiences that he hasn’t become too old to hold an intriguing action hero role with John Wick, and in a interview with Cinema Blend, he spoke on all the superhero characters he’s aspired to play.
“No. I think I missed that one. I always wanted to play Wolverine. But I didn’t get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn’t get that one. They’ve had some great Batmans. So now I’m just enjoying them as an audience.”
4. Daniel Radcliffe
After portraying the titular “Boy Who Lived” for the majority of his childhood, Daniel Radcliffe seems to still be attempting to break free of his wizard persona and being cast as a popular superhero may just do the trick. In a recent interview, the actor was quoted stating his interest in the role of Robin.
“If they reboot that again, I’ll do that, too. It’s happening, isn’t it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin. I’m perfect.”
While critics will have their opinions on why this could or couldn’t work, there would sure be a large audience base that would enjoy seeing Radcliffe in a mask and tights.
3. Jaden Smith
When your dad is Will Smith, becoming a superhero doesn’t sound very difficult. It’s only right that this generation’s Karate Kid follows in the footsteps of his father, who has up til now portrayed two different superheroes on the big screen.
If wearing a white Batman suit to your high school prom isn’t enough of a message to Hollywood, we don’t know what is. A recent rumor started by actor Tyler James Williams has suggested that Jaden Smith is in contention for the role of Static Shock.
“There aren’t many young black comic book superheroes. It’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.”
2. Tyrese Gibson
It’s largely debated that the Fast and Furious franchise has transformed into a superhero movie series in itself, however that doesn’t seem to be enough for actor/singer Tyrese Gibson.
Those who follow the actor on social media will realize that he’s adopted the trend of campaigning for superhero roles from his co-star Vin Diesel, frequently posting fan art of himself as John Stewart a.k.a. The Green Lantern. The role of the character has yet to be cast in the DC Cinematic Universe, however Gibson claims in an interview with ET Online that he’s held meetings with studio execs.
“I’ve been a fan of the Green Lantern. I took the oath, and I had a meeting at Warner Bros. and certain things were said and talked about. We’ll just see what happens.”
1. Ronda Rousey
Captain Marvel is slated to be the first female-led superhero film produced by Marvel Studios, making the titular role highly sought after by a number of notable actresses. Among this bunch is MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, who has since become keen on the idea following fan art that has circulated the Internet.
While we’ve seen the celebrity kick some major ass in both Expendables 3 and Furious 7, the question remains as to if she’s ready to hold such an iconic role. It’s also suspected that Marvel may have already casted their heroine, however Ms. Rousey doesn’t seem like the one that you’d want to say no to.