Playing a superhero for a Marvel or DC film these days seems to be any actor's lifelong dream, but that wasn't always the case. Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along, superhero films were just entertaining at best. They were one shot productions (with potential sequels) that were either good for what they were or so bad that they needed to be killed with fire. I'm looking at you, Spider-Man 3.
However, now that superheroes are practically everywhere in the film and TV industries, there are a lot of names we've come to recognize either in reverence or infamy. Big actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and more have all gotten a huge boost thanks to their popularity in recent superhero movies as well as some that are soon to be made.
Not all actors benefited from their time as a superhero, though. Some played a hero or villain, and then were practically never heard from again, or went on to star in much smaller productions. Any good conspiracy theorist would tell you that the careers of these actors were ruined by being part of a superhero film. You'll be shocked to find out that it wasn't even necessarily because they did a poor job in their performances. Simply put, they just really got unlucky breaks.
Here are ten actors whom we all recognize, but have seen a lot less of since they played in a comic book movie.
10 Brandon Routh - Superman
9 Eric Bana - The Hulk
8 Alicia Silverstone - Batgirl
7 Dolph Lundgren - The Punisher
6 Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man
5 Chris O'Donnell - Robin
4 Edward Norton - The Hulk
3 Michael Keaton - Batman
2 Topher Grace - Venom
1 Val Kilmer - Batman
I so desperately wanted to put George Clooney on this list to complete the trifecta of Batman and Robin, but since his appearances in Gravity and Tomorrowland, I just couldn't. Kilmer was in the Batman film before Batman and Robin, and while it's not as bad, it's still not good. And Kilmer wasn't the worst Batman either, but he didn't have the reputation of Clooney to save him. After Batman Forever, the most noteworthy film Kilmer starred in was Prince of Egypt ,which was an animated flick by Dreamworks that has since been left in the early 2000s along with Kilmer's career.
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