Once is not enough.
It seems these days that ANYBODY can be a superhero. Stars like Will Smith (Deadshot), The Rock (Black Adam) and even Brie Lawson (Captain Marvel) all have snagged roles to play our favorite heroes on screen. With more and more movies coming out each year, it’s honestly no surprise.
With the breaking news that Josh Brolin has landed the long-awaited role Cable in Deadpool 2 (sorry folks, so much for that Marvel/Fox team up), it’s not only a great casting choice but it’s also a double dipper for Brolin already playing Thanos in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Why do the studios do this? Why do the actors decide to do this? Who knows, but let’s not forget about some of the other actors who decided to wear two pairs of spandex.
1. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern/Deadpool)
Ryan Reynolds is no doubt one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. His good looks and comical charm speaks loudly in any role he plays, but we can’t forget about the horrendous take on the title Deadpool character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and then again in Green Lantern back in 2011. This over CGI movie failed miserably, but at least Reynolds is still bold enough to admit it in the much better Deadpool movie, pleading his captors to not give him a “green suit”.
2. Chris Evans (Human Torch/Captain America)
Chris Evans is another hot shot Hollywood actor who is great at what he does. Back in 2005 Fantastic Four made its debut, bringing Evans the iconic role of The Human Torch. This movie isn’t as awful as other comic book films, even spawning a sequel in 2007 and a reboot in 2015. However, Evans signed on and is still playing the legendary hero Captain America in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and hasn’t looked back.
3. Ben Affleck (Daredevil/Batman)
Ben Affleck once was a blind man who fought crime. Daredevil was one of those early comic book movies you want to forget but couldn’t until we finally got the adaptation we deserved with Marvel’s Netflix series. Though Daredevil wasn’t quite a hit with fans, Ben has been redeemed by playing none other than Batman. As an older, angrier, and badass Batman, Ben is now the Batfleck for the foreseeable future.
4. Halle Berry (Storm/Catwoman)
Yes, there was a Catwoman movie that is terrible. Very terrible. Halle Berry decided it would be cool to play the feline lady because playing Storm in X-Men wasn’t good enough. At least her spandex suits her in any role she plays.
5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass/Quicksilver)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is that awkward guy who you think you want to hang out with, but then might be just be too annoying to spend more than an hour and a half with. Before playing Quicksilver (yes, there are two Quicksilvers…come on Marvel/Fox), he dawned Mark Millar’s do-it-yourself superhero Kick-Ass, which ultimately was cooler than the Marvel hero.
6. Brandon Routh (Superman/The Atom)
Superman Returns was the awkward Superman movie that no one really wanted or expected, but we got it anyways. Brandon Routh dawned the Man of Steel and did his best against Kevin Spacy as Lex Luthor. In more exciting news, Routh headed over to the CW to play The Atom on Arrow as well as Legends of Tomorrow. In this more prominent role he at least has a great sense of humor and depth of character.
7. Stephen Amell (Green Arrow/Casey Jones)
Speaking of Arrow, Stephen Amell may be one of the coolest TV stars playing Oliver Queen AKA Green Arrow. More recently, he began his feature film career playing the tital character Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Now although he’s not technically a superhero, we’re diving in the same sort of comic book territory. Sadly I don’t think we’ll see much more of Casey Jones on screen, but at least he does a fine job as the archer.
8. Nicholas Cage (Ghost Rider/Big Daddy)
Who can forget about Nicholas Cage? Most of the population, but that’s not the point. The point is that at some point someone thought it was a good idea for him to be Ghost Rider, even giving him a worse sequel a few years later. The other absurd role he played was Big Daddy with our friend Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass. No more Nic, no more.
Of course there are many other actors who have played duel comic book roles, some much smaller than others. Who would you like to see play a hero? Do you have a favorite actor in mind or one we missed? Let us know in the comments below!