Best Superhero Portrayals In Movies

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1 Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

He was basically just being himself

The best in the world

Iron man is a unique level of superhero and RDJ is unique

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2 Hugh Jackman - Wolverine

He makes us believe that the wolverine is real.

Definitely #2.. Nearly one? Jackman really expresses the character with not only skill but also grace. Great job.

The first time we see Jackman as Wolverine, Rogue refers to his claws and asks, "Does it hurt? " His response is the entirety of the Wolverine character. "Every time." That's real. That's what distinguishes Jackman as a superhero versus a comic book character. RD Jr., Evans, Stewart, and Sam L are the few that have taken their character portrayals beyond the fantasy of comics and created visceral realities that are not only mesmerizingly extra ordinary, but fantastically relatable. He has played Wolverine for almost 2 decades and his final performance is undoubtedly his best. He is the highlight of the XMen series, a collection of movies that shows the likes of living legends Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan. That is a feat worth praising alone. Many have played Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Joker, etc. None can claim complete ownership of Wolverine other than Jackman, and I feel none have the ability to take that from him.

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3 Tobey Maguire - Spider Man Tobey Maguire - Spider Man

Best webhead ever

4 Christian Bale - Batman

He is the best Batman ever his chemistry with Heath ledger was awesome

Best Bruce Wayne/Batman portrayal ever so far

Should be number 1

He also played in newsies - hollyeb13

5 Scarlet Johansson - Black Widow
6 Mark Ruffalo - The Hulk

After 2 terrible portrayals on screen, the hulk finally gets a great actor to play him. Ruffalo nails the Bruce Banner portrayal, a man who has hurt many people and is tired and sick of it.

7 Andrew Garfield - Spider Man Andrew Garfield - Spider Man Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions.

Andrew Garfield was a lot better as both Spidey and Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire. Come on, people. Also, the love interest in the movies also shaped him into who he was, and I really connected and felt for the relationship between Gwen and Peter in the Marc Webb movies rather than Mary Jane in the Sam Raimi movies. That took up until Spider-Man 2 to get them together. And Mary Jane was STILL annoying! In the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, Peter barely even got to fully asking Gwen out, and she still accepted him. But anyway, just watch the Amazing Spider-Man 1 again and you'll see what I'm talking about. Andrew Garfield did a much better job for reasons beyond just his relationship with Gwen in that movie, too. He is Peter Parker, as well as Spider-Man.

8 Chris Hemsworth - Thor

He is the only on who can play thor

Thors fame belongs to him

9 Chris Evans - Captain America Chris Evans - Captain America Christopher Robert Evans is an American actor. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.

I love him! He's a great superhero. - hollyeb13

10 Jackie Earle Haley - Rorschach

He played the mind of a broken man

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11 Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel Comics characters Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, Wade Wilson / Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ...read more.

This was way better than the Deadpool in x men origins: wolverine

After seeing Deadpool (actually, three times😂), I can forgive him for Green Lantern. - Mercwithamouth

12 Jeremy Renner - Hawkeye Jeremy Renner - Hawkeye Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor (born 1971) best known for his role as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
13 James Marsden - Scott Summers
14 Ben Affleck - Batman Ben Affleck - Batman
15 Michael Keaton - Batman Michael Keaton - Batman

Should definitely be above Christian Bale. Where Christian Bale tries too hard to be Batman and does that stupid growling voice, Keaton's performance is more believable and talks like a normal human being. Plus Keaton's Batman is not afraid to kill when necessary. Which by the way I always found that whole "Batman doesn't kill people" business to be quite stupid. When Bale tries to kill someone, let alone fight someone, he always has to make a long speech about good and evil.

16 Patrick Stewart - Professor X Patrick Stewart - Professor X Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film.
17 Famke Janssen - Jean Grey Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
18 Christopher Reeve - Superman
19 Henry Cavill - Superman
20 Chris Evans - Johnny Storm Chris Evans - Johnny Storm Christopher Robert Evans is an American actor. Evans is best known for his superhero roles as the Marvel Comics characters Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.

Poor Chris Evans. Beaten out by... himself.

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