12 Actors Who Have Featured In DC And Marvel Movies

Marvel and DC are titans and main rivals when it comes to the comic book superhero universe. That rivalry is really beginning to heat up with so many future releases from both parties set to drop in the next couple of years. Naturally there is going to be some form of crossover between both worlds so here’s a list of just some of the actors and actresses who have featured in both Marvel and DC movies:

Ben Affleck – Affleck is currently portraying Batman role for DC as seen in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and briefly in Suicide Squad, but he also donned the rather forgettable Daredevil outfit for Marvel – both were fairly terrible movies. He returns as the Dark Knight later this year in Justice League.


Ryan Reynolds – Everyone now knows Reynolds as the foul-mouthed Deadpool, a distant member of the X-Men family for Marvel. He actually first played the anti-hero in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity all the way back in 2004. His appearance for DC was definitely a low point in his career, playing the lead character in Green Lantern.


Halle Berry – Obviously best known for her portrayal of Storm in the X-Men series, Berry took a quick trip to the DC universe in 2004 in the painfully awful Catwoman and returned to Marvel without ever looking back.


Tommy Lee-Jones – Remember all those terrible Batman movies throughout the 90s? Lee-Jones featured in one of them, playing Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever – a role that he has since claimed he hated (as did we). Fast-forward 16 years and he appeared for Marvel, playing Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger, a slightly more commendable role.


Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix cool guy cameoed in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, playing Daily Planet editor Perry White. In 2007 he voiced the Silver Surfer in Marvel’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Spare a thought for Adewale who must have spent hours in makeup for both DC and Marvel roles. He featured in last year’s Suicide Squad as Killer Croc, so you can be forgiven for not recognising him in that. He also featured in Thor: The Dark World, playing Algrim/Kurse – again, caked in makeup and costume.


Josh Brolin & Michael Fassbender – DC’s Jonah Hex was one of Hollywood’s glorious failures, financially and critically despite an impressive cast. Many of whom have gone on to much better things and these two in particular. Fassbender of course has had a couple of outings in the X-Men series as a younger Magneto in First Class and Days of Future Past. We may have only seen Brolin portraying Thanos briefly in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron but expect a larger role as the large headed villain in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.


James Marsden – One of Hollywood’s underrated sons, probably best known for playing Cyclops in the X-Men series before being killed off in The Last Stand. Like Berry, he jumped over to the DC world, featuring in 2006’s Superman Returns, reteaming with X-Men director Bryan Singer who made a similar leap.


J.K Simmons – One of Simmons’ most loved characters is J. Jonah Jameson, the quippy news editor of the Daily Bugel in Marvel’s Spiderman of the noughties. Since then he has starred in the likes of Whiplash and Patriots Day, the latter of which portraying a glorious moustache. He will star as Commissioner Gordon in Justice League later this year probably thanks to his fantastic facial hair.


Willem Dafoe – Dafoe featured alongside Simmons in Spiderman, playing the terrifying Green Goblin. He’ll be seen playing Nuidis Vulko in this year’s Justice League as well as the stand-alone Aquaman production in 2018.


Michael Keaton – Despite doubts over the casting, Keaton did a good job of playing Bruce Wayne and his caped alter ego in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989. He re-entered the superhero world in the alternative Oscar-winning Birdman a couple of years ago, but later this year he will be starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fittingly playing the villainous Vulture.



Batman/Superman – Bad move for Warner Bros?


As announced at Comic-Con last week, in rather elaborate fashion, 2015
will see the coming together of Superman and Batman. So what does this mean for both franchises and everyone involved? Well I certainly have a number of concerns.

The release of Man of Steel was met with mixed acclaim. Box office figures would suggest it was a success, yet not quite as rewarding as Warner Bros were perhaps intending. In addition, critically the film earned mixed reviews. I for one believed it just failed to meet my expectations. All this leaves Man of Steel with a question mark regarding whether it really was a true success or not. Compare this to Christopher Nolan’s Batman however and the success is unparalleled. This therefore begs the question; are Warner Bros using the already successful Dark Knight as a ‘get out of jail’ for the Superman “failure”?

The second question that has to be raised is how Batman will be portrayed. Will the character be completely rebooted? We know that Christian Bale’s time as the masked crusader has come to an end and will therefore need replacing. And although nothing was fully confirmed at the time, rumours did suggest that Nolan himself was finished with the Batman saga, yet Warner Bros have confirmed the man behind the Dark Knight as the executive producer for the Superman/Batman feature.

Finally, we’ve seen previously how combining the worlds of various super heroes can work in Avengers Assemble which had rave success. However, conflicting Batman with any other superhero raises questions. Nolan made Batman a hero separate from all others and fundamentally more realistic too. Adding the Superman element will ultimately introduce a whole new supernatural touch to the Batman world, which of course is how it is in the DC universe – but this could ruin Nolan’s adaptation so soon after the Dark Knight series. Equally, Superman has his own world. He is the only hero and should remain separate from any other. Therefore the move to intertwine both characters suggests to me that Man of Steel just wasn’t quite as rewarding as Zack Snyder and Warner Bros had intended.

The Superman/Batman mash-up seems to have dissolved any potential plans for a Justice League feature for the time being. It seems Wonder Woman is next on the DC to do list and it may also take some rebooting to other characters before we see the Justice League altogether. What we already know is that Superman and Batman will be going head to head in 2015 and I for one would love the film to be a success. Yet my concerns heavily overlook my excitement and time will tell whether Warner Bros, Snyder and co can prove me wrong.