The golden age of comic book movies and television shows began in 2000 with the release of X-Men and the train has just kept on rolling from that point forward. Given, there were a lot of releases prior, like the old Batman franchise for instance, but we have recently been bombarded and there seems to be no end to the fandom. From over-the-top movies to the Netflix series, the genre has been taken to the next level thanks to the technological advancements that the world has made in the recent years. Who knows what the future may hold?
However, would there be as much hype revolving around these big and silver screen adaptations if it weren’t for the pretty faces behind the masks and latex suits? Well, not to worry because Hollywood would never let that happen. What has been compiled here is a list of the 20 hottest live-action renditions of those who gained their popularity in comic books for your viewing pleasure. So, sit back and click away to feast your eyes on those who could very well make you question which side you would be on if the opportunity were to arise.
20 Katie Cassidy - Black Canary
While she may not have been able to stop crying for the longest time during The CW's Arrow, Katie Cassidy's character Laurel Lance has always been quite a hottie. Having her paternal grandparents to thank for her acting abilities, you know that you can never truly hate Laurel, no matter how annoying she could have been in the past. Her high cheekbones make her smile even wider than it already is and her cute nose compliments her slender face perfectly. With her petite figure and subtle curves, she mirrors the quiet grace of the canary... that is, until she opens her mouth.
19 Andrew Garfield - Spider-Man
Sure, Peter Parker aka Spider-Man is supposed to be a total geek and science nerd who doesn’t really have the ability to attract women, that is except for one of his best friends Mary Jane and a fellow classmate turned close, personal friend Gwen Casey, but Andrew Garfield proves Stan Lee wrong in that regard. Given, Garfield can be seen as more cute than sexy but his ability to stand on that very fine line with his quirky smile and fit body makes him a very attractive average Joe. Having to play a teenager at the time probably didn’t help, but he’s great either way and here’s to hoping that this will never change.
18 Christopher Reeve - Superman
Christopher Reeve played Clark Kent/Superman back in the ‘70s but his name has been and always will be synonymous with this caped crusader. While he may not have been the first to play him, his prominent jaw, jet black hair, dreamy eyes and great body leave an impression and it’s a good one. While Superman III and Superman IIII may not have been as popular as some would have hoped, this actor mirrors the illustrated Son of Krypton to a T and his Superman films will always be classics. Not many can pull off the geeky by day, superhero by night look but kudos to him for aceing it!
17 Gal Gadot - Wonder Woman
This Amazonian warrior born of clay is ready for anything that life throws her way thanks to gifts from her past like her Lasso of Truth forged by the hands of Hephaestus and Sandals of Hermes. Also, having have been part of the Justice League is nothing to shy away from either. This being said, Gal Gadot has the perfect look for the role thanks to her European background and strong yet feminine features. In addition, her toned body and perfect amount of curves screams Wonder Woman in a sweet but powerful way, thus mirroring Diana Prince’s roots.
16 Margot Robbie - Harley Quinn
Whether or not this former psychiatrist can possibly stand on her own in the comic book story line is irrelevant here because all eyes will be on Harley Quinn during the upcoming feature film The Suicide Squad that will be released in theaters on August 6th, 2016. Besides, she would be nothing without her sweetheart, The Joker, anyway. Every girl loves to be bad every once in a while and this love struck woman just can't get enough of the crazy! With her sweet face and crazy eyes, she'll do anything to keep The Joker interested in her and if that means putting an end to Batman, well... a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. Right?
15 Emily Bett Rickards - Felicity Smoak
Emily Bett Rickards brings Felicity Smoak’s character to the next level thanks to her ability to balance out the nerdy side with her sexy femininity. This obviously dyed blond bombshell is one of the reasons that being smart can be viewed as extremely hot. The resemblance between Emily and the original comic book character is crazy as well which just adds fuel to the fire! Felicity’s sense of style just goes to show that you can be fabulous inside and out without losing a part of who you are in the process and if that’s not hot then what is?
14 Tom Welling - Clark Kent
Tom Welling is best-known for his interpretation of a young Clark Kent on the WB’s Smallville, which depicted Clark Kent’s journey from a seemingly normal guy to the hero known as Superman. However, while Superman may be known for his good looks that can easily be hidden by a simple pair of glasses and an outfit change, Tom Welling has enough of a small town, good guy meets sexy boy next door look to embody both facets of what it means to be Superman. His jaw line is so sharp that you can cut butter on it while his eyes are so fierce that he doesn’t need lasers to melt girls' hearts.
13 Stephen Amell - Green Arrow
Oliver Queen may not be the most attractive man in the comic books but Stephen Amell changed that once he was cast as Oliver Queen in The CW’s Arrow television series that began airing on October 10, 2012. With his wonderfully square jaw and features that play to both the sexy badass side as well as the partner that Felicity wants him to be, this presumed to be dead superhero has all he could ever need. Armed with his archery equipment and lots of internal knowledge like the fighting styles from the League of Assassins, various blade-driven techniques, martial arts and psychological warfare he can be enjoyed at any angle at any given moment.
12 Halle Berry - Catwoman/Patience Phillips
This mocha-colored beauty has stolen the hearts of many in her acting career but her portrayal of Catwoman in the 2004 rendition of this comic book icon’s story definitely left an imprint in the audience’s minds. Having been covered in latex that can’t help but be compared to BDSM gear, her sex appeal went through the roof. She showed just enough skin to leave a little something to the imagination but pushed her sexiness to its maximum. Her toned, curvaceous physique complimented her costume perfectly and resulted in what can only be called the hottest interpretation of Catwoman to date. Given, the film did not receive the best reviews out there but no one can argue that Halle Berry looked smoking hot.
11 Jaimie Alexander - Lady Sif
Having made her first leap into the comic book craze by taking on the role as Lady Sif, a second generation goddess from Asgard, Jaimie Alexander took her role to heart and has portrayed the same character in both her physical and vocal form since the original movie from the Thor franchise which came out in 2011. This raven-haired beauty embodies the strong nature that is embedded in all Asguardians while her subtle curves add that touch of femininity vital for all heroines. Even with those aspects aside, her piercing green eyes possess powers beyond human conception. This warrior woman has it all and it’s easy to see why she would be one of the subjects to Thor’s affections.
10 Chris Evans - Captain America
Captain America was created to give hope to the American people during World War 2 and his ever-evolving story has kept him relevant from that point forward. After enlisting in the armed forces, Steve Rogers volunteered for Project: Rebirth where he was injected with the “Super Soldier Serum” which increased his current physical and mental attributes. This being said, while his amazing tactical skills and ever-present discipline can never be overlooked, Chris Evans definitely adds a little something something to this All-American man. His perfectly proportioned face and amazing body makes him a great choice for Captain America and here’s to hoping that he’ll be continuing to take on the role as long as possible because, let’s face it, everyone cannot help but stare into his piercing eyes and be jealous of his perfect hair while appreciating his on-screen rendition of this famous comic book hero.
9 Cameron Diaz - Tina Carlyle
Cameron Diaz's rendition of Stanley Ipkiss's eventual love interest, Tina Carlyle, put her on the map and kick started her entire acting career since this is the first credited movie role. Having been only 22 when the movie was released, this young actress graced the screen with her flowing, long blonde hair and killer dance moves. While Carlyle may not have played a vital role in the comic books, Diaz made a long-lasting impression on the audience and this will forever be one of the roles that has embedded itself into all those who have or will watch the 1994 Jim Carrey movie The Mask.
8 Danielle Panabaker - Caitlyn Snow/Killer Frost
This good girl gone bad has an icy cool heart and can put anyone, or anything for that matter, on ice. While Caitlyn Snow may have once worked for S.T.A.R. Labs, all good things must come to an end and this happened when she demanded vengeance for what H.I.V.E. did to her. Danielle Parabaker's ice platinum hair paired with her dark features and eyebrows brings even more attention to her predominant lips which possess the perfect amount of pout. Her eyes stare into your soul once they have turned the color of ice surrounded by the darkness of her eyeliner. She's angry but sexy and that's the way she likes it.
7 Ryan Reynolds - Hannibal King
Ryan Reynolds has been and will hopefully always be a Canadian heartthrob but there’s more to him than what meets the eye. His dedication to the entertainment world has led him to portray a wide variety of characters in his career and is no stranger to comic-based movies. This being said, his body never looked better than when he played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity. While he may be but a modest detective, his body tells a different story with muscles galore and a beard that frames his face perfectly, all we can say is, “My oh my!” If that wasn’t enough, nothing adds fuel to the flame like a sense of humor and he can’t help but show that off in this film as well! Is there anything this man can’t do?
6 Hugh Jackman - Wolverine
Not much has to be said as to why Hugh Jackman makes a hot whatever he may be playing at the time... in this case Wolverine. His rendition of this comic book character on the big screen has sadly come to an end after playing him for 17 years and doing such a good job that their names have basically become synonymous; he has left an ever-present marking on all of our hearts that no actor can possibly replace. His eyes, jawline, smile, body... everything about him screams sex appeal and it will be sad to see him retire from the role once the next instalment of the Wolverine franchise comes out in 2017.
5 Jessica Alba - Nancy Callahan
Having had originally taken on the role of Nancy Callahan in the 2005 film Sin City, Jessica Alba shows off just enough to keep the audience wanting more. With her sexy stripteases on more than one occasion which show off just how in shape Alba got for the role, she definitely deserves a spot on this list. Given, Jessica Alba is a sex symbol in her own right with her amazing curves, luscious lips and fantastic hair, but there’s something about her portrayal of Nancy Callahan that just gets her over the top and even more drool-worthy than she already is.
4 Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Chris Hemsworth being named People’s sexiest man alive back in 2014 should be no surprise for anyone who has even taken a quick look at this gorgeous Australian man. The fact that he has played Thor since 2011 is just a wonderful addition to this blond-haired, blue-eyed stallion for so many reasons. Thor has always been in great shape and Hemsworth was up for the challenge and underwent an old-school bodybuilding workout with the help of his trainer and a former Navy SEAL! His deep, sexy voice is just the cherry on top of it all and sends his performance over the top. Hemsworth has created an iconic Thor for years to come.
3 Anne Hathaway - Catwoman
While Anne Hathaway may not have been showing the most amount of skin in this list, especially not compared to Halle Berry who also played Catwoman, there is something particularly sexy about her grand entrances. Like when she came in riding The Bat-Pod like the badass she truly is. Despite having this be one of her more violent roles, Anne Hathaway still played it with the grace and composure that she is famous for, yet something was different about her. Whether it be the skintight latex bodysuit which showed off her fit womanly curves, the mask that allowed her plump rouged lips to take center stage or her fierce eyes piercing through her delicate mask, she played it off perfectly and proved that you can be classy and sexy at the same time.
2 George Clooney - Batman
Having been named People’s sexiest man alive the same year that he played the Dark Knight of Gotham City is no surprise. George Clooney only gets better with age and was given the title at the ripe age of 36. When you take into consideration that Bruce Wayne has always been a billionaire and ladies man who can’t help but like to get his hands dirty, Clooney’s chiselled jaw and deep brown eyes make him a perfect fit. This anti-hero requires a fit bod and willingness to do whatever’s necessary to get the job done and, for that, he takes the top spot in this list.
1 Scarlett Johansson - Black Widow
The Black Widow serves as a very unconventional yet extremely successful balance between brains and badassery and Scarlett Johansson embodies her every ounce of her spirit. Not only has Scarlett Johansson been named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive on two separate occasions (in 2006 and 2013), but her acting abilities allow her to fully embrace the roles in which she is cast at every occasion. Perfecting the Russian accent and learning the language to be true in her on-screen rendition of this comic book super spy (all while maintaining her raspy voice during the rest of her portrayal) makes her the ideal Black Widow. Beware guys... she’s armed, dangerous and ready to strike at any time.