We always hear about the actors who love the comic book character they play. These are the actors who are massive comic book fans and can't stop talking about it. We know how hard Ryan Reynolds pushed to get Deadpool going. We know how much he loves the character. Since he's played two and a half superheroes in four separate comic book movies, most people would just assume that he likes comic books. Many of you know about Nicolas Cage, who, well before he ever became Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, was a massive comic book geek. He was known to have one of the best comic book collections; his own stage name "Cage" is from Luke Cage, and one of his sons is named Kal-El after the birth name of Superman. Dude likes comic books.
With the surplus of comic book movies and TV shows, there will come a time soon when almost every working actor has played in a comic book movie. We're going to see a bunch of interviews with actors that love comic books and can't believe they're living out a dream.
But what about those who don't read comic books? Where are they at? Are there any actors who don't like comic books? Yes, there are. As each year brings more and more comic books and their characters into film and television, this list will continue to grow. So let's look at the actors who have played superheroes in a movie or a TV show but didn't read the comic books. Maybe, if we're lucky, it will give us some indication about their performances. Maybe only comic book fans can play their characters brilliantly. Oh wait, never mind. We already forgot about The Green Lantern, Wolverine: Origins, Blade III, Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider 2. At least Deadpool was good. Here are 15 actors who play superheroes but never read the comics.
15 Mickey Rourke – Whiplash in Iron Man 2
14 Edward Norton – Bruce Banner/The Hulk in The Incredible Hulk
13 Idris Elba – Heimdall in Thor
12 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars & Stripes in Kick-Ass
11 Scarlett Johansson – Black Widow in MCU
10 Chris Hemsworth – Thor in Thor
9 Elodie Yung – Elektra Natchios in Daredevil (TV)
8 Halle Berry – Storm in X-Men/Catwoman in Catwoman
7 Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones in Jessica Jones
6 Christian Bale – Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy
5 James McAvoy – Professor Xavier in X-Men
4 Will Smith – Deadshot in Suicide Squad
3 Charlie Cox – Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil
2 Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman
1 Heath Ledger – The Joker in The Dark Knight
A lot of people talk about the preparation that went into Heath Ledger creating the Joker for The Dark Knight. There are stories about the role consuming him, even killing him, but what really went into it? Apparently, it wasn't comic books. Though Ledger did say that he watched a lot of the past Joker performances on TV and film, he did not and could not read the comics. When asked what comic book versions of the Joker went into his creation, Ledger said, "Well, The Killing Joke is the one that’s being passed around and Arkham Asylum kind of. But I really tried to read the comics and put it down."
Sources: CheatSheet, BirthMoviesDeath, cinemablend
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