Superhero movies are extremely popular, and with so many coming out in the next five years, it is becoming increasingly likely that big names in Hollywood will be playing comic book characters. Hollywood A-listers like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Pratt have given stellar performances as superheroes in comic book movies. Some actors have even played multiple superheroes in comic book movies.
Chris Evans was the Human Torch and he is now Captain America. Ben Affleck was Daredevil and will soon be Batman. Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool then Green Lantern, and now he is going to be Deadpool again. There are many superhero performances in the pipeline that have people very excited. Will Smith’s portrayal as the anti-hero Deadshot in Suicide Squad has a lot of people intrigued and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange should prove to be quite interesting.
However, there are some actors that simply should never play a superhero. Perhaps they are simply too talented and above the medium of comic book movies, or maybe there isn’t a superhero that would be a good role for him. Here’s a look at 10 actors who should never play superheroes on the big screen.
10 Bill Murray
There was a time when Bill Murray was rumored to play Batman in the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film. They ended up going in a different direction and cast another comedic actor of the time – and the casting of Michael Keaton turned out great. The time of Bill Murray playing a superhero has long passed. Now he's just like Daniel Day Lewis. Bill Murray pretty much just stars in movies that can earn critical acclaim. He refused to make Ghostbusters 3 and will have a mere cameo in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot next year. Bill Murray has proven he’s another actor simply too talented to be reduced to starring in a superhero movie.
9 Daniel Day Lewis
8 Jack Black
7 Leonardo DiCaprio
6 Zac Efron
5 Hugh Jackman
4 Tom Hardy
3 Joaquin Phoenix
2 Robert De Niro
1 Al Pacino
Just like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino has not reached the heights he was once at. Even De Niro has had memorable performance as of late in films like Silver Linings Playbook, but Pacino at this point is just cashing paychecks. However, he is still one of the best of all time, and even though there are rumors he will star as Starlord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there has to be something better than that in Pacino’s future. One of the best of all time deserves to be in many more Oscar worthy films rather than playing a superhero in a summer blockbuster.
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