Melissa Baizen is just a regular, everyday mom from Wisconsin. Yet, random people constantly ask for her autograph. It turns out those confused fans are mistaking Baizen for another beautiful mother — Angelina Jolie!
Melissa modestly said, “Every time I get the comparison, whether it’s at work, running an errand, or online, it’s very flattering but also hard for me to believe. I think she is absolutely gorgeous and never thought of myself in that respect.”
Laura Cadman often gets accused of imitating Taylor Swift’s look. But, in reality, the British student says that T-Swift’s makeup style is the most flattering for her face. That makes sense since Cadman and Swift look so much alike!
The doppelganger explained, “Nothing prompted me to have this look. I am naturally blonde, reasonably tall, and reasonably slim… The rest of my ‘Taylor Swift look’ just consists of classic red lipstick and eyeliner, which I personally think is the most flattering makeup on me.”
Konrad Annerud may look like Leonardo DiCaprio, but he doesn’t seem to enjoy young women’s attention as much as the actor does. The bartender explained, “It can be quite annoying sometimes when people call me Leo instead of my real name.”
He continued, “When I was in Italy this summer I almost felt like shaving my hair off. It was very chaotic; people were yelling ‘Leo’ and wanted to take photos with me all the time. It was one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced.”
Flight attendant Christine Math had been routinely mistaken for Meghan Markle ever since the ex-royal was on Suits. However, now that Markle has become a household name, Math can barely go a single day without hearing about the comparison!
That said, Christine disagrees that she’s the star’s doppelgänger. Instead, she thinks it’s just an issue of one specific similarity. She explained, “Meghan and I are both mixed-race — my dad is African American and Italian and her mom is African American.”
Ekaterina Shumskaya is a model who’s been told she looks like Scarlett Johansson ever since she was 12 years old. As flattering as such a comparison is, Shumskaya is finding it difficult to pave her own way in modeling, because people keep confusing her with the actress.
Ekaterina explained, “There are people on the internet who confuse me with Scarlett, but I’m not pretending to be her… We just look alike… I want to live my own life, not Scarlett’s.”
Marcos Jeeves (not his real name) not only looks like Keanu Reeves but seems to have a similar good-guy personality type as well. Jeeves insists that he’ll never “use the fact of looking like him [Reeves] to take advantage of any situation.” The resemblance is so freaky, that Facebook even removed Marcos’s account, thinking it was a fake!
The everyday man sued the social media platform and won, so hopefully this mistake won’t happen again. Does anyone else think there’s been a glitch in the Matrix?
Brittany Williams suffers all the drawbacks of being as famous as Beyoncé but, unfortunately, doesn’t have the bank account to match it. Williams says that people constantly approach her for selfies, thinking that she’s Queen Bey.
The Detroiter has said, “I get approached all the time; whether it be on planes, at the airport, or while attending events. I’ve also been chased, had pictures taken of me without my consent, and pranks done without me knowing.”
Priscila Beatrice posted a TikTok of herself impersonating Rihanna, and it garnered so much attention that RiRi herself commented on it! The pop star wanted to know when the next Rihanna album was coming out (don’t we all?) — a question which left Beatrice “crying with emotion.”
The TikToker beamed, “I love it when they say I look like her. Rihanna is a big inspiration to me and so many other women around the world. She’s wonderful!”
Ariana Grande is one of those celebrities with a signature style, making it pretty easy to imitate her look. If you ever want to dress up as the pop star for Halloween, just throw on some thigh-high boots, put your hair in a high ponytail or half-ponytail, and apply a bit too much spray tan.
If you really want to fool people, though, you’ll have to be Jacky Vasquez. The young woman revealed, “I have been mistaken for Ariana a couple times. People asked me to take pictures with them.”
Ty Jones always wanted to be a famous actor, and he got his wish — at least on the famous front. The young Brit is constantly being confused for another British ginger, Ed Sheeran.
Jones revealed that his non-celebrity life is pretty similar to that of the singer. “I’ve had crazy numbers of fans follow me in Hackney, in London, and in Los Angeles, to the point where the team I was working with have had to help me make a dramatic escape plan.”
Ellinor Hellborg often posts makeup looks inspired by various celebs on her social media. However, it’s her Adele-style photos that really caught the internet’s attention!
Hellborg admitted, “I had thought about looking similar to Adele before, noticing small similarities in our profiles, but I didn’t really think anything of it until people on Instagram started commenting on it.” Ellinor has also tried to imitate Zooey Deschanel’s appearance but wasn’t as successful with it. Either way, Katy Perry’s already got that similarity covered!
Cláudia Alende is famous for two different reasons… and two different body parts. The actress/singer first gained recognition as the runner-up in Brazil’s 2014 Miss Bum Bum contest. After that, people started noticing Alende’s face — that it looks exactly like Megan Fox’s!
Unfortunately, Cláudia’s “not a big fan at all.” She explained, “I’m ‘Claudia’ and not Megan. I know that this title helped me in the beginning of my career. Megan is a beautiful woman, but now I want to show the world the ‘Claudia’ me.”
The Kardashians are often criticized for promoting cosmetic procedures. However, Kami Osman is one person who doesn’t need any help looking like one of the famous sisters — as she’s naturally a spitting image of Kim Kardashian!
The Instagram model has proudly stated, “I take it as a compliment when people tell me that I look like her!” Despite the flattery, the lookalikes don’t get along. Kami has accused Kim of copying her style, and Kim says Kami is using her for fame. They’re just two peas in a pod!
Lady Gaga may have been “Born This Way” but so was Amethyst Rose. The Californian joked, “I counted how many Lady Gaga comments I’ve gotten because I always joke that if I had a dollar for every time someone had called me that I’d be rich and it was 677… 677 hypothetical dollars, which is rich to me.”
Rose seems to be serious about trying to make some money off of her Gaga-like look. She has a popular Instagram account in which she imitates the pop star’s photos.
Simon Cowell is known for his various talent shows, which open doors for people in Hollywood. Well, it turns out that he’s gotten another up-and-comer some work in Tinseltown! Andy Penfold quit his job as a cleaner in order to become a full-time Simon Cowell impersonator.
Penfold recalled, “I was spotted at The Isle of Wight festival in the VIP area and someone mentioned the likeness. Since then, had the privilege to work with Simon on three occasions.”
Iza Ijzerman is a successful model, just like her celebrity lookalike Gigi Hadid! The Dutch beauty realized she’s a doppelgänger of the A-lister when her modeling agency used the resemblance as a marketing strategy.
Ijzerman revealed, “When I signed with MiLK, they posted a picture with the caption ‘The new curvy Gigi Hadid,’ so that’s the moment I realized it might be true!” Interestingly, Iza thinks she looks more like the other Hadid sister, Bella.
Francesca Brown didn’t realize she resembles Katy Perry until she traveled to the USA from her native England. Brown reminisced, “I was standing, waiting to go into a club in Vegas and, this guy came over who was security.”
She continued, “He was like, ‘Don’t wait. Follow us’ […] I was speaking to them and, obviously, I have a British accent. They’re looking really confused and then someone said, ‘Is she British? I thought she was American.’ I just said to them, ‘I don’t think I’m who you think I am.'”
We’re seeing double when it comes to 007 (ha, get it?)! Jason Kent looks exactly like Daniel Craig a.k.a. James Bond, and he loves it! The Brit revealed, “It’s great being mistaken for James Bond.”
He continued, “I get stopped in the street nearly every time I go out. I have people wanting their photo taken with me. I’ve even had some believing I was him. I love it and will never get fed up with it.”
Rebecca Maiellano not only looks just like Shakira, but she also has a similar skill set, as Maiellano is a singer too! Rebecca has said, “The public that decides to follow me values me for the work I do on the stage.”
She continued, “They value the singing and the professional dance I perform, but on the day-to-day, they know that I am still Rebeca Maiellano, a Venezuelan singer and impersonator.” Maybe the two dopplegängers can do a duet?
James Martin works as a Colin Farrell impersonator, and we can see why! The London native has expressed that looking like the A-lister has made it difficult for him to get a girlfriend, although he admits that there are some perks to his Farrell-like appearance.
Apparently, the lookalike gets VIP treatment when he goes out, despite the fact that he’s always honest about his real identity. Martin believes it’s because “they may have thought it looked good for their clubs” to have “Colin” there.
Sofia Solares hopes that her physical similarities to Selena Gomez will score her a meet-and-greet with the pop star. Solares says that she’s often mistaken for the singer while out and about in her hometown in Mexico. Sofia expressed, “It’s not something that I dislike, but I like it better when they love me for being myself.”
She has admitted to imitating a look or two of Gomez’s from time to time, though. It makes sense, doesn’t it? If something looks good on Selena, it’ll probably look good on Sofia too!
Johnny Matos sings, dances, and looks exactly like Bruno Mars. Matos uses his uncanny Mars-esque appearance for his work as a Bruno Mars impersonator in his home country of Brazil. Clearly, Johnny is onto something here, as his videos have over 10 million videos on YouTube!
Fans of Bruno don’t need to worry about the star being mocked, though, as Johnny’s work stems from a place of admiration. The impersonator’s Twitter bio describes him as a “great fan that pays homage to Bruno Mars (my idol).”
Javier Parisi is one professional impersonator who doesn’t have to compete with the real deal, as his lookalike is sadly no longer with us. The Argentinian musician pays tribute to John Lennon by performing his songs, while looking exactly like the Beatle himself.
Parisi admits, though, that his similarities to Lennon aren’t exactly accidental. “My resemblance is something natural but I work hard in my appearance (look-alike) equally. People get astonished and excited when they see me.”
Lilian De Melo is an English teacher in Brazil who just happens to look like the legendary Celine Dion. Just to add to the freakiness, De Melo sings as well!
Lillian calls herself a ”Celine Dion lookalike. Mom of multiples, just like Celine! No, I haven’t had any procedure done to look like her, I just do!” We wonder if she teaches Dion’s songs to her students as part of her English lessons. That’d be one trippy class!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Most people who work in law enforcement have to deal with being generally disliked, or judged as not being a whole lot of fun. Eric Fields probably doesn’t have to worry about that, though, because he looks just like the beloved Dwayne Johnson!
The Alabama officer happily said, “I’ve been called The Rock and Vin Diesel’s love child… I go along with it. It’s humorous. It’s flattering. It could be worse people, I guess.”
We all know what a thirst trap is, but have you ever heard of “nerd traps?” Well, those are exactly what Felix Lalo makes for Harry Potter fans. The French recording artist often posts videos on his TikTok of him cosplaying as The Boy Who Lived with captions like “Harry Potter will see you now.”
All we can say is the nerd traps are clearly working, as Lalo’s videos have been viewed over 38.4 million times! We wonder if any of those views are from Daniel Radcliffe himself.
Jennifer Lopez is known for her athletic abilities and toned figure, but have you ever wondered what she’d look like with even more muscle mass? Well, now you don’t have to. Bodybuilder Janice Garay looks exactly like a jacked-up JLo!
Once her photos started to get attention online, Garay clarified, “I was like, ‘No, I’m not J.Lo, I’m J from Houston.’ It never really crossed my mind to where the whole world says I look like J.Lo.”
Fans of Family Feud were in for a treat when they got an extra Steve Harvey in one episode! In a rare occurrence, these doppelgängers got to meet face-to-face when Olden came onto the game show as a contestant, and even the host couldn’t deny their similarities.
Harvey was kind enough to refer to Olden as his “better-looking twin” while Olden admitted that “every single day of my life, people will come up to me and call me Steve Harvey.”
Kenni Powe looks so similar to Lizzo that the model/activist has spoken out about how doubling as the celeb changed her life. Powe explained that she had to make adjustments “overnight” due to Lizzo’s sudden rise to fame.
“I’ve had to learn to adjust to the frequent stares, the airport chases, and cameras being in my face. It’s literally a daily occurrence, a cloud of constant confusion. And not a single day passes where I don’t hear about it.”
Emma Watson is undeniably beautiful, but it’d also be fair to say that her look isn’t shockingly unique. Megan Flockhart seems to agree with this sentiment, as she often dresses up as various celebrities for social media, but admits that she looks most similar to Emma Watson.
Flockhart has joked, “I look like any white actress if you squint and tilt your head enough.” When people squint and tilt their heads at us, we kind of look like lumpy potatoes — so you’re not doing too bad Megan!
Fyza Ali threw shade at her lookalike, Kylie Jenner, and at anyone who says they’re doppelgängers. The beauty blogger (yes, Ali is a beauty blogger too) pointed out, “If you came to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, you’ll see all the girls look like them. The thing is, culturally and traditionally, a lot of women here don’t expose themselves online.”
She didn’t stop there, “Most women are very private. When we’re walking around Dubai, no one ever mentions the Kardashians. The Kardashians don’t even cross our mind unless someone says it online.”
Maria Wojciechowski is a standup comedian who has an entire Instagram account dedicated to her mimicking Laura Dern. Maria revealed how it all began, saying, “Honestly, I didn’t know who Laura Dern was until people started telling me I looked like her. Jurassic Park played a lot on TV, so friends were constantly texting me about it.”
Apparently, on a whim, Wojciechowski posted a side-by-side photo of herself and Dern and it garnered tons of likes! The rest is history.
Kate Middleton’s story is that of a real-life fairytale. The Princess of Wales went from commoner to royal, practically overnight. Well, Heidi Agan has had a similar Cinderella story, thanks to being a spitting image of Kate Middleton herself!
Agan quit her waitressing job in order to become a full-time Middleton impersonator, and now enjoys life as a fake royal. Heidi gushed, “She’s a gorgeous, gorgeous lady and she carries herself extremely well, so for somebody to say that you look like her is just incredible.”
Teona Chachua loves being told that she looks like Kendall Jenner, especially because she’s two years older than the reality star. The beauty vlogger crowed, “As soon as I started my videos and posting pictures people started commenting saying that I look like her.”
She went on, “It is nice when you get compared to someone as beautiful as she is. Sometimes, people double-take when they look at me in the street and sometimes even say, “Oh my god you look like Kendall.’”
For reasons we will never understand, women have fallen in love with Penn Badgley’s character Joe from the show You. Not unlike Joe himself would’ve done, Rico Lebron has found a way to take advantage of the female attention he receives for resembling the creepy stalker.
Lebron has created a TikTok account in which he reenacts scenes from the Netflix show, and often jokes, “I should have auditioned.” Rico also believes that he looks like John Mayer, who’s only slightly less icky than Joe.
Celina Sharma is a singer, just like her lookalike Camila Cabello! Knowing full well that the two could be twins, Sharma uses Cabello’s fame to aid her own career. Celina posts TikToks with captions like, “Everyone be saying I look like Camila.” She also asks her fans, “Who wants me to do a cover of Senorita?”
While a lot of up-and-coming artists would be concerned with looking so similar to someone who’s already made it, Celina recognized the business opportunity in the scenario.
Jade Vigars looks so similar to Justin Bieber that a video of him eating a Subway sandwich went viral because the paparazzi thought it was Bieber! Vigars laughed, “So many people commented… 80% of the comments were from people thinking I looked like Justin Bieber.”
He admitted that without the comparison, the video wouldn’t have reached the 1.7 million people that it did. “Otherwise it’s just a video of me eating a Subway.” To this day, people still think it’s Justin in the clip!
Alyssa McKay is an actress and Dove Cameron lookalike, the latter of which boosts her career. McKay often mimics scenes that Cameron acted in for the Disney Channel on her own social media.
Despite being a successful influencer in her own right, the TikToker has no problem capitalizing on the fact that she’s a doppelgänger. In fact, McKay created a YouTube video captioned, “I get compared to DOVE CAMERON literally 24/7, so I thought it may be fun to attempt to recreate some of her Instagram pictures for you guys!”
Being a model in his own right, it took some time for Flamur Ukshini to realize that he was getting a little too much recognition on the street, and people must be confusing him with Zayn Malik.
Ukshini admitted, “In the beginning, I didn’t realize we looked the same, because I didn’t know him. But when people on the street wanted to take pictures with me I was surprised, but then I started to realize that I look very much like somebody I don’t know and who has to be famous.”
The world seems intent on pitting TikTokers Charli D’Amelio and Ellie Zeiler against each other. Apparently, people think the world isn’t big enough for two influencers who look exactly the same (um, who’s gonna break it to people that most influencers look alike because they use all the same filters?)
However, the two women are actually friends! Zeiler has said that she loves her work because “I get to have more connections with fun people.” Meanwhile, D’Amelio clarified, “I think there are a lot of people that look like me.”
We’re absolutely convinced that Karen Khachanov could be the long-lost fourth Hemsworth brother, as the Russian tennis player looks exactly like Liam! It’s not just us who thinks that, as Khachanov revealed, “My agent wanted to arrange a meeting.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the last time Karen was in the USA, but he teased he’d try again “maybe in the future.” If Hemsworth ever needs to play the role of a tennis player, we’ve got the perfect stunt double for him!
Mardee Shackleford looks so similar to Miley Cyrus that even Cyrus’ dad, Billy Ray has commented on the resemblance! Luckily, Shackleford only seems to be experiencing the sweet sides of fame.
She’s said, “Several times I have been sitting in traffic and people have slid open the back door of their car and kids will start yelling, ‘Miley!’ Sometimes, it feels like I am actually famous or a celebrity, just on a really small scale. It’s been really fun for me.”
People have been confusing Denise Ohnona for Kate Moss ever since she was a teenager, and the modelesque mom doesn’t seem to mind!
Ohnona has said, “I get mistaken for her on a daily basis now — especially when I am out in central London — that’s where the paps tend to find me… However even members of the public get us confused, and I get asked to pose for selfies in nightclubs and in the supermarket all the time.”
Johannes Laschet is a law student, fashion blogger, and son of one of his country’s leaders. However, he isn’t known for any of those things. Instead, Laschet is famous for being a Ryan Gosling lookalike!
Johannes says that he’s often approached by Gosling’s fans, who are undoubtedly disappointed to find that the Canadian actor has suddenly developed a German accent. Maybe they think he’s method acting? Either way, Laschet has a good attitude about it. He joked, “It’s better than when people say that I look like Danny DeVito.”
People always joke that John Legend doesn’t appear to age. Well, that may be a bit closer to the truth than we first thought. Winning the title of World’s Cutest Doppelganger, Legend’s lookalike is literally a baby.
Baby Jackson’s aunt posted a photo on Twitter with the caption, “My nephew looks like John Legend lol.” The internet seemed to agree, as Jackson’s picture went viral! One witty person advised that we keep an eye out for Baby Jackson’s first single, “Ordinary Baby!”
From Marvel to DC Comics, the movies and shows released about our favorite superheroes are fascinating and lucrative. With so many comic book stories available, there are many actors who have put on masks, capes, and suits to become the living faces of our favorite comic book characters. Here, we’ll take a look at all of the actors who brought you your favorite superheroes and supervillains.
Robert Downey Jr.
There are some roles that seem so perfectly cast. In fact, this comic book character wasn’t quite as popular until the film came out and succeeded at the box office.
When it came time to make the Iron Man films, it was none other than Robert Downey Jr. that came to take on the mantle of playing a superhero. He continued the role outside of the Iron Man films as well, infiltrating other Marvel movies such as The Avengers series of movies.
Wonder Woman is an absolutely unmistakable character. Who could forget the warrior with her lasso of truth and signature look? There are a lot of renditions of Wonder Woman on film out there and a few actresses have stepped into the role.
As for the most modern film adaptation, Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot took the role. Like many other actors who’ve played iconic superheroes, she continued the role in the extended universe as well as in her own movie.
Jumping back to Marvel for a second, Chris Evans is among the most recognizable cast members thanks to both his performance and the memorable look of the character. This, of course, refers to his performance as Captain America.
The actor did so well in the role, Marvel kept him on for the part in their extended universe, including the leading roles in The Avengers. Evans also took on the role of the Human Torch in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie.
The realm of the supernatural or sci-fi isn’t anything out of Anna Paquin’s comfort zone. After all, one of her best-known roles is in True Blood. She’s lent her talent to Marvel as well when the original X-Men trilogy was coming out.
Throughout the three films, Anna Paquin showed us the emotional journey that Marie, better known as Rogue, went through because she couldn’t safely touch anyone due to her powers. She reprised the role for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
George Clooney is perhaps one of the most contested renditions of the classic DC Comic character Batman. This was partly thanks to the fact that he was in an oft-criticized entry in the series.
Clooney took up the vigilante’s cape for the movie Batman & Robin released in 1997. Clooney led the film with a star-studded cast including Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Chris O’Donnell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Still, the cast couldn’t save what’s now considered one of the worst Batman films.
Colin Farrell has had one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood. Once known for his partying and romantic life, Farrell has carved out an impressive career with roles in both independent and big-budget films.
Early in his career, Farrell played the sadistic villain Bullseye in the 2003 film, Daredevil. Though Farrell originally wanted to play the role of the superhero, he eventually settled for playing the memorable villain with the carved forehead.
When Black Panther entered theaters in 2018, it was groundbreaking. Fans eagerly awaited this film adaptation and they flocked to the theater in droves.
The talented cast really brought the film to another level too. As for the title role of Black Panther, that went to Chadwick Boseman whose name in the movie is T’Challa, leader of Wakanda. Sadly, Boseman passed away in August 2020, only two years after the movie was released.
There are some actors who have gone above and beyond to transform into their characters. Rebecca Romijn is almost unrecognizable in this role. Of course, that makes sense for a morally ambiguous shapeshifter.
Romijn played Mystique in the first three X-Men movies, putting her in a stricter role as a villain. For the most part, audiences don’t see Romijn without her signature blue makeup until X-Men: The Last Stand and the storyline about the “cure” developed for mutants.
Once it came time to cast a younger Mystique in X-Men: First Class, Rebecca Romijn didn’t reclaim the role. Instead, it went to Jennifer Lawrence.
Lawrence showed us a softer side to Mystique. She even gave us a look at some of her time working with those we’d seen her fight so hard against before, including Professor X, now played by James McAvoy. In the end, both actresses brought their own flair to the role.
Moving to the smaller screen, superheroes have become pretty popular on television as well. One hero that got more attention on the small screen is Batwoman.
When the show Batwoman was introduced, the lead went to Ruby Rose. Rose had a strong start introducing the world to Kate Kane, the first television show with an openly lesbian superhero. After the first season, Rose left the show, later citing a dangerous work environment and Kate Kane was replaced with Ryan Wilder.
Samuel L. Jackson
There are some heroes in the Marvel universe that don’t don capes or masks. Rather, they opt to work behind the scenes to bring everything together. Nick Fury fills this role, popping up sporadically until all the Avengers are recruited.
It seems that no one would play the eye-patched role quite as well as Samuel L. Jackson has for quite some time. It’s hard to imagine anyone else taking up the role at this point.
It seems like television shows give a chance for lesser-known comic book superheroes to shine. Netflix decided to put a spotlight on the Marvel character Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones isn’t your average do-good superhero with a beaming smile, though.
In the gritty drama released by Netflix, we get the chance to see Krysten Ritter shine as Jessica Jones. Her character doesn’t always sport the traditional, smiling persona of a superhero and often prefers a more realistic outlook.
When you hear the word “superhero,” you probably already have an image in mind. For many people, that image is none other than one of the earliest comic heroes. After all, it’s hard to look for a more iconic character than Superman.
Several actors have played Clark Kent in the past but one of the most famous versions goes to Henry Cavill’s portrayal. He’s even reprised the role quite more than once.
The Fantastic Four are a fairly distinct superhero group. Who could forget the first time they saw the Human Torch or the Thing? One superhero in the quartet that’s a little more covert is the Invisible Woman.
So, who could lead the Fantastic Four as Sue Storm, wielding not only the power of invisibility but forcefields as well? For the 2005 movie version of Fantastic Four, the casting directors turned to Jessica Alba for the role.
Much like Superman, many actors have played the classic character of Spider-Man. In fact, Spider-Man has been played by several different actors over the past two decades. Garfield actually played the role both in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that followed it.
He would bring the role back again in 2021, this time filming Spider-Man: No Way Home. The remake was successful and Garfield created a believable Peter Parker.
There was a time that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were everywhere you looked. Today, another Olsen sister, Elizabeth Olsen has started to take center stage. This included her portrayal of Wanda Maximoff — also known as The Scarlet Witch — in the MCU.
Olsen has appeared in The Avengers movies, Captain America: Civil War and even her own successful spinoff miniseries on Disney+ called WandaVision. Her performance was so striking that it landed Olsen both a nomination for a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy.
There are two sides to Ryan Reynolds’ accolades as a superhero actor. Reynolds’ got his first run as a superhero with 2011’s Green Lantern which is practically universally panned.
Reynolds more than redeemed himself when Marvel gave him a chance to play Deadpool. However, this doesn’t just go for the Deadpool movies released recently. He also played the character in the 2009 release X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, it was the Deadpool movies’ version of the character that fans loved.
Elektra is quite literally a striking superhero with an assassin’s background. On-screen, she was first introduced as part of the Daredevil movie.
In the Daredevil movie, Garner appears in a black bodysuit to help Daredevil out. In 2005, Garner took up a new costume, this time donned in red, to give us a story about Elektra Natchios alone. While Garner’s performance in the film was praised, the movie itself wasn’t as well-received all around.
We mentioned before that there are some actors that embody a role so well that it’s hard to see anyone else taking their place. This has been true for Hugh Jackman and Wolverine since he stepped into the role.
While Wolverine is a fairly popular character, Jackman’s performance elevated the character even further. He’s taken on the role in a number of movies and spin-offs since he started out as Logan in X-Men.
Lupita Nyong’o has shown her talent and range in a variety of roles over the course of her career. We’ve seen her as everything from a horror villain to a superhero! She’s also one of the talented actors behind Black Panther.
In Black Panther and its upcoming sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Nyong’o plays Nakia, a spy and former member of Dora Milaje. Not playing around with the role, Nyong’o studied several types of martial arts and learned Xhosa, a Bantu language spoken in South Africa.
The Incredible Hulk is another superhero that took a few tries before they stuck the landing. Unfortunately, The Incredible Hulk wasn’t as universally loved as Marvel might have hoped.
In the first introduction of the Incredible Hulk in 2008, the actor to take the lead was none other than Edward Norton, famous for movies such as Fight Club. Unfortunately, the film was panned and quickly forgotten.
As we said, The Incredible Hulk in 2008 wasn’t the Hulk that would join the Avengers on their journey later on. That role went to actor Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo first starred as the scientist in the 2012 movie The Avengers.
Since then, he’s reprised the role in the sequels Age of Ultron, Infinity War, Endgame as well as Thor: Ragnorok, Captain Marvel, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The star is set to appear in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk as well.
Halle Berry is another performer that has been in more than one superhero role. Again, like many, one was much more successful than the other. While Berry played Catwoman in the 2004 film of the same name but the movie didn’t quite have the reception they hoped for.
While there are other Catwoman actresses out there, it’s hard to imagine the X-Men series without Berry taking on the character of weather-controlling hero Storm, also known as Ororo Munroe.
It can seem like it might be the goal of a superhero actor to finally take on the role of Batman. The vigilante has had a variety of faces behind the mask over the years.
In Batman Forever, released in 1995, Batman was pit against two recognizable villains: the Riddler and Two-Face. These roles went to Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones, respectively, but it was Val Kilmer who took the lead role of the hero.
Marvel is such a big name in comics, it’s no surprise that there’s a hero with such a straightforward name as Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel came out in 2019 and it cast Brie Larson as the latest Avenger.
Throughout the film, we’re treated to a classic comic book story including intergalactic battles and the hero’s mysterious past, all complete with an appearance by Samuel L. Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury.
Willem Dafoe has been captivating audiences for decades. One of the most acclaimed actors, Dafoe has appeared in everything from art-house films to blockbusters. For whatever reason, Dafoe has often been cast as a villain or morally ambiguous character.
In 2002, Dafoe was cast as Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin in 2002’s Spider-Man. Dafoe’s interpretation of the Green Goblin was both terrifying and amazing according to fans of the comic book series. Dafoe recently reprised his villainous role in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Christian Bale is an actor well-known for putting all of his energy into his roles. As such, it’s no surprise that he succeeded in his run as Batman. Bale took up the hero’s cape for the Dark Knight trilogy, including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
He was highly recognized for the role and even won the Best Actor Saturn Award for Batman Begins, as well as other nominations. Bale’s interpretation of the classic character is often considered a fan favorite.
Sir Patrick Stewart is a talented actor with a number of roles under his belt. He hasn’t been afraid to step into science fiction with the X-Men either. In fact, he was more than a member of the X-Men, Patrick Stewart led them!
More specifically, he led the charge as Professor X, the telepath who started the mutant school at X-Mansion, also known as the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters which was later reopened in the comics as the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
The Dark Knight trilogy uses a variety of Gotham natives to keep the Caped Crusader busy as he fights crime. In The Dark Knight Rises, we get the chance to see one of Batman’s longtime nemeses, antiheroes, and even love interests: Catwoman.
This time, the actress to don the catsuit was Anne Hathaway. The actress has since said that the role was one of her more physically taxing ones. Though the film, in general, was praised, Hathaway’s take on the villain wasn’t.
Will Smith is no stranger to science fiction or fantastical storylines. It’s hard to expect the Men in Black actor wouldn’t be able to nail a comic book role. Smith has played a few superhero roles over the years.
First, in 2008, he took on the lead role in Hancock, a movie about a hero with more than a little bit of an image issue. As for another comic role, Smith took on the role of Deadshot in Suicide Squad as well.
In another entry from the X-Men universe, we got to see a lot of range from Famke Janssen when she played Jean Grey in the first three X-Men movies. Throughout the first movie, the audience mostly sees Grey as a kind-hearted scientist as well as the telekinetic and telepathic X-Man.
By X-Men: The Last Stand, however, we get to see Janssen take on the role of the villain as we see the Pheonix — an alter-ego for Jean Grey rather than the outside force it’s presented as in the comics.
Danai Gurira is known for a few iconic roles. Who could forget her run as Michonne Hawthorne on The Walking Dead? She’s also branched out into the Marvel universe as well.
Gurira plays Okoye in Black Panther and is set to reprise the role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character is more than just a member of the Dora Milaje, she’s also a leader. She’s also played the character in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Malin Åkerman is a Swedish-American actress who’s known for a variety of roles from action films like Rampage to comedy series like Childrens Hospital. The actress has tried her hand at playing a superhero as well.
Åkerman joined the cast of the 2009 film Watchmen as Silk Spectre II. Yet, Watchmen doesn’t offer the standard superhero fare. Instead, it offers a look into a dystopian reality after an alternate outcome to the Cold War.
That being said, Silk Spectre II isn’t the only superheroine in Watchmen. In fact, she isn’t even the only Silk Spectre. Another cast member of the 2009 movie Watchmen was Carla Gugino.
Gugino actually played Silk Spectre in the film, a heroine from the Minutemen and the very first Silk Spectre, before Malin Åkerman’s character came onto the scene. Throughout the film, the actress is seen at a variety of ages, all done by Carla Gugino and some special effects makeup.
The great thing about our favorite superheroes staying on screen in a variety of movies, not only as the main character, is that it leaves a lot of room for character development.
There are few characters that this is more true for than Black Widow. Natasha Romanoff was first brought to life by Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2. Since then, though, the character has been featured in a number of films, including one of her own.
X-Men: First Class brought along with it a number of characters from the X-Men comics that we hadn’t seen on the big screen before. This included the sometimes-villain, sometimes-hero character Emma Frost.
Who better to bring the character to life on the big screen than January Jones? Throughout the film, we see a lot of the characteristic traits Emma encompasses including her clever demeanor alongside telepathy and diamond skin to protect her from harm.
Comic books, by their nature, feature characters that are often larger than life. Naturally, this means that some roles come with big shoes to fill. On that note, do the shoes get any bigger than those of the Norse God of Thunder?
In Marvel’s version of the mythological figure, the role went to Chris Hemsworth. The Australian actor has embodied the role fully. It’s hard to think of someone else playing Thor given how well the actor has done with the role.
We already covered one Spider-Man but we’d be remiss to not mention the other big actors who have brought the web-shooting extraordinaire to life.
Tobey Maguire took on the helm of everyone’s “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” when Sam Raimi — also known for his work on The Evil Dead — created his Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s. Maguire played the superhero in Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. Like Garfield, he appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home as well.
Nicholas Cage has made himself known with a number of roles over the years. It seems fitting that he’d bring one of Marvel’s more distinctive characters to life.
Throughout the 2007 film, fans can catch Nicholas Cage as the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze or, in keeping with the movie’s title, Ghost Rider. This means that for parts of the movie, you see Cage himself and others include him as a blazing skeleton, fulfilling the terms of a contract for his soul.
Seth Rogen fans typically expect to see the actor in a comedy movie. However, the star has tried his hand at playing a superhero too. In 2011, Rogen starred in The Green Hornet as Britt Reid, The Green Hornet himself.
The bad news was that the film seemed to fall short of what fans were hoping for and Rogen himself called the movie a “nightmare” in 2013. When it came to questions about a sequel, it was ultimately canceled due to how costly the first movie was.
Over the years, Evan Peters has made quite a name for himself, especially in horror roles in the American Horror Story anthology. Yet, Peters did take some time off as a villain on-screen to join the leagues of actors who’ve played superheroes.
He first appeared as Peter Maximoff, also known as Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and again in X-Men: Apocalypse. He also reprised the role in Deadpool 2, Dark Phoenix, plus an appearance in WandaVision.
We already mentioned Batwoman but we’d be remiss not to mention Batgirl too. We finally got to see the heroine in Batman & Robin in 1997. For Batman & Robin, the role went to Alicia Silverstone.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, the movie wasn’t entirely well-recieved. The good news was that The New York Post noted that her performance in Blast from the Past two years later “proves wrong anyone who gave up on her because of her ill-fated turn in the awful Batman and Robin.”
Another movie we mentioned earlier was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie mainly focused on Hugh Jackman’s character but he wasn’t the only noteworthy cast member.
At one point in the story, Logan falls for a woman who he doesn’t know at the time has powers of her own. This character is Kayla Silverfox and she was played by Lynn Collins. She actually reprised the role for the 2013 film The Wolverine. She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fresh Face too.
There’s one more Spider-Man that we want to go over on this list. This role launched Tom Holland into superstardom as he became the new face for Peter Parker.
He first appeared in 2016 as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. A year later, Spider-Man: Homecoming gave him a spot to lead in a movie as the web-shooter. He’s put on the Spidey Suit more than once since then, including Avenger: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far from Home.
We’ve already covered that multiple actresses have tried on the catsuit Catwoman dons as a member of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, or Batman’s villains. One actress has gone down as an icon for the role, though.
That honor goes to none other than Michelle Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer let us see more than just Catwoman in action but how she became Catwoman as well in the 1992 movie Batman Returns. Alongside Danny Devito, Michael Keaton, and Christopher Walken, it’s a pretty unforgettable cast.