10 Actors From Bad Superhero Movies Who Transformed Their Careers Playing Different Marvel And DC Characters

Long before Chris Evans became Captain America of the MCU, he played the Human Torch in two terrible The Fantastic Four movies! Here we look at 10 actors who saved their superhero movie careers by being recast…

There are plenty of comic book characters that have been brought to the big screen over the years, but only so many actors to fill those roles. That’s why many Hollywood stars ended up playing multiple roles in the Marvel and DC Universes, and many of them had to use the second characters they played to save their careers after those disastrous early turns.

For example, Ryan Reynolds nearly killed his career playing The Green Lantern in the 2011 flop, but he more than made up for that by playing in dead Pool, the highest-grossing R-Rated film of all time. Since then, he has enjoyed a career upswing and is now one of Hollywood‘s most bankable stars.

With that in mind, we’re looking at ten actors who played comic book characters in poorly received superhero movies, only to redeem themselves with much more successful performances in versions that ultimately didn’t bombard fans, reviews, and at the box office.

So, to see who made the cut, all you have to do is click the “Next” button below!

10. Scarlett Johanson

Before starring as Black Widow in the 2010s iron man 2Scarlett Johansson played femme fatale scientist Silken Floss in Frank Miller’s critical adaptation The mind.

The film was terrible and was definitely not the right direction for the actress as she sought to break into the world of Hollywood blockbusters. Luckily, her leap into the Marvel Cinematic Universe paid off, and while she struggles with big-budget fare outside of that (Lucy), his time as a member of The Avengers more than made up for past mistakes.

On the plus side, however, Johansson looked phenomenal in the aforementioned 2008 flop…

9. Idris Elbe


Idris Elba only had a very minor role in Thor, so the British actor who shone in BBC’s Luther clearly pictured his chances of getting a bigger role in a comic book movie when he played Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. This film bombed and led to the rights to the franchise being returned to Marvel Studios.

Of course, like most actors, Elba wasn’t shy about sharing his displeasure with Heimdall’s lack of screen time in The dark worldbut he was given more to do in Thor: Ragnaroksomething that has redeemed him in the eyes of many fans (it’s just a shame he didn’t stay in Avengers: Infinity War).

This ghost rider the movie was so bad, it’s really lucky that Elba was able to fall back on the MCU!

8. Josh Brolin


Josh Brolin has had mixed success over the years in the comic book movie realm after forgettable roles in the likes of Jonah Hex and Sin City: A Lady To Kill Fortwo versions criticized.

However, 2018 was definitely his year, as the actor played an amazing motion-capture villain with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Warthen adapted as a fan-favorite mutant cable in Deadpool 2. He excelled in both, and his work in Avengers: Endgame was equally impressive.

These films were also hugely successful and cemented Brolin as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

7. Chris Evans


Chris Evans delivered a memorable turn as Johnny Storm in the terrible Fox film The Fantastic Four movies, and was equally watchable in Losers (we bet you forgot all about that one).

However, while delivering a stunning performance in Scott Pilgrim vs the World, it was Captain America that turned out to be a breakthrough role for the actor. The role saw him become not just an icon, but a top actor who no longer has to get bogged down in blockbusters and second-rate rom-coms (look how awesome he was in Rian Johnson’s Knives out).

Had Captain America: The First Avenger not come, who knows what would have happened.

6.Michael B.Jordan


There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Josh Trank. The Fantastic Four reboot, but that was quickly forgotten when fans found themselves immersed in all those juicy reports about what happened behind the scenes at Twentieth Century Fox.

Once the blame was lifted, the cast got away mostly unscathed, and Jordan, in particular, managed to redeem himself by taking on the role of Erik Killmonger in Black Panther.

It was an incredible performance which, after his work in Creed, has proven himself to be one of the best actors working today. Now there are rumors that he could eventually become the Calvin Ellis version of Superman.

5.Ryan Reynolds


Before experiencing a well-deserved success with dead Pool, Ryan Reynolds has tried again and again to break into the superhero movie genre with little success. It was fun to watch in Blade Trinitybut this movie was such a disappointment after the first two movies, nobody really cared.

Then there was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Logan’s first solo movie massively dropped the ball with the Deadpool character, of course, and while Reynolds was a highlight in The Green Lantern, it was another critical and commercial disaster. For a while, it even looked like Reynolds’ career had been ruined!

As a result, it wasn’t until he dressed up as Merc with the Mouth that he returned to the A-List, and his star has been growing ever since. Now fans remain eager to see him join the MCU in the next Dead Pool 3.

4. Brandon Routh


The Return of Superman should have made Brandon Routh a household name, but Bryan Singer’s insistence that the Christopher Reeve string of actors hurt his career significantly.

Fortunately, Edgar Wright gave him the opportunity to show a very different side of Scott Pilgrim vs the Worldand he has since enjoyed success as Ray Palmer in Arrow and with a starring role in the spinoff Legends of tomorrow. Unfortunately, his stint in the latter recently ended prematurely, which Routh and fans have expressed disappointment about.

Before that happened, however, he had another chance to play Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earthsand bid farewell to the Man of Steel in a stunning and satisfying way.

3. Dominique Purcell


Speaking of Arrowverse, Dominic Purcell has also used this series to turn things around for him.

He first caught everyone’s attention when he starred alongside Wentworth Miller in Prison Break, and attempted to break into Hollywood with a starring role as Dracula in Blade Trinity. Unfortunately, his corny trick did him a disservice and Purcell quickly fell into oblivion.

Things turned around when he landed the role of Heatwave in the flashand he is now a star in Legends of tomorrow. Fans of the CW series would revolt if it ever got written.

2.Samuel L. Jackson


Samuel L. Jackson changed the MCU forever when he appeared as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Manbut the actor has made a lot of very strange decisions over the years, and The mind was probably his most debatable. Playing the main villain, The Octopus, he was, well, terrible.

In fact, if fans had known he was cast as Nick Fury by watching this mess, something tells us they might not have wanted to see the legendary actor in Marvel’s shared world.

Luckily, it didn’t take long for Jackson to make a lasting impact playing Fury, a role he made his own. All these years later, he’s still playing the former director of SHIELD, and we love him for it.

1. Score hard


Mark Strong has actually found a lot of success in the likes of Kick ass and both Kingsman movies, but his role in The Green Lantern haunted the British actor for several years.

While he was a great choice to play Sinestro, he looked just as silly as Ryan Reynolds thanks to his bright pink skin and CGI suit, while what was supposed to be a thrilling post-credits scene got tangled up. turned out to be a disappointing and confusing addition to an already pretty terrible movie.

It took a while, but Strong got a chance to return to the DC Universe big screen where he starred. Shazam! the villainous Dr. Sivana, a far more memorable villain than the Sinestro we got in 2011!

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