POLL: Which Characters Got the Best Portrayals this Summer?

2011 had a good summer for Superhero films, allowing for many classic comic book characters to grace the silver screen. Now it is time for you to decide which characters got the best portrayal!

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By Rhys - 8/2/2011

Finally, all the superhero films of the summer are released! Many were met with praise, while some left fans slightly disappointed. Most of the praise and criticism, however, is focused around the portrayal of the many characters, most of whom are classics, and many of whom are making their big screen debuts.

Now it is time for you to vote on which characters you felt got the best portrayal this summer. All the characters from this summer are separated into polls by how they fit into specific character Archetypes. While voting, these are some criteria you might think about:

1. Casting (how accurate you feel the actor fits the character)
2. Acting (how good you consider the actor's performance)
3. Faithfulness (how closely this portrayal is to the original character)
4. Appearance (how well you feel the look of the character translated to screen)
5. And finally, overall likability of the character. Something that is very important, but often underestimated.

(Note: This article includes only characters from superhero films. Although there were other comic book movies this summer, such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it is not a "superhero" film and therefore is excluded from this article.)

Now, on to the voting:

The Hero:

The hero, or in this case, superhero, is what these films are all about. He is always the one with the most screen time, and therefore usually ends up as being either the biggest hit or miss of the film. So which actor gave us the best performance as a superhero? Who was the most faithful? Decide below!

The Maiden:

Every superhero must to have a girlfriend, so which hero lucked out and got the most beautiful? The romantic interest requires a combination of good looks, acting skill, and respect for the original character. So which of these summers beauties got portrayed just right?

The Villain:

There is not much use for a hero if he has no villainous counterpart to battle. Did the villains this summer turn out as evil and twisted as you hoped? Name your favorite here!

The Secondary Villain:

Sometimes, the baddie needs a little help. So there is always someone there to come to their aid. Did any of these helpers steal a little of the limelight from the more important villains?

The Sidekick:

The hero can't do everything by himself, so he often finds himself a friend or two to help him out. How good do you feel the portrayal of these supporting characters where? Which sidekick especially stood out?


These are the characters who don't fit into any of the above categories, but due to the wonderful actors who portray them, definitely deserve some recognition. Many of these characters have helped turn the heroes we know and love into who they are today. Who did you like the best?

Thank you for voting! The results will be posted in the near future. Have a nice day!
DMB1511 - 8/2/2011, 12:19 AM
Peggy Carter
Arnim Zola
The X-men
Chester Phillips


Please feel free to comment on anything
MrSuperheromoviefan - 8/2/2011, 1:07 AM
Captain America
Peggy Carter
Red Skull
The Destroyer
James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
Berger45 - 8/2/2011, 1:55 AM
Captain America
Peggy Carter
Arnim Zola
Kilowog and Tomar-Re
Thaal Sinestro
MARV3L - 8/2/2011, 3:49 AM
Jane Foster
Red Skull
The Destroyer
Dr. Abraham Erskine
MARV3L - 8/2/2011, 3:49 AM
Jane Foster
Red Skull
The Destroyer
Dr. Abraham Erskine
marvel72 - 8/2/2011, 5:03 AM
captain america (thor close second)
peggy carter (hot as well as able to kick ass)
red skull (he was evil how a villain should be)
the destroyer (the look alone made me hard)
warriors three (should include sif as well)
king laufey (fantastic performance)
OptimusBurgundyMaximus - 8/2/2011, 6:55 AM
captain america
peggy carter
the destroyer
James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
HaroldOfGalactus - 8/2/2011, 6:56 AM
Thor - Chris Hemsworth is a god among men, this one is perfect.
Peggy Carter - Hayley Atwell's portrayel felt perfect for a female agent in WWII, and you wanted her to get it on with her hero more than any other.
Shaw - This guy truly felt evil, his motivations, his course of action, everything. Red Skull is a close second, but he was a little too over the top
Hellfire Club - but just barely. The destroyer wasn't so much a villain as it was a weapon used for villainy. Arnim Zola is a close second, because if it werent for his weapons, then Red Skull's threat would have been significantly less. Also his frightened "hail hydra" was funny. you could see what was on his mind in that scene, and that is pure acting talent.
Kato - If i have to explain why then you are an idiot.
Tie between Col. Phillips and Dr. Erskine - TLJ's performance really grounded the movie, but with Tucci, you could truly feel a father/son-like connection between him and Steve (him preventing Steve from getting drunk while teasing him, all the while knowing once he was a super-soldier he could never get drunk again. - priceless)
BooYah - 8/2/2011, 8:24 AM
1)Who was your favorite superhero of summer 2011?
2)Who was your favorite female lead of summer 2011?
-Margaret "Peggy" Carter
3)Who was your favorite villain of summer 2011?
4)Who was your favorite supporting villain of summer 2011?
-Arnim Zola
5)Who was your favorite sidekick of summer 2011?
-The X-Men
6)Who was your favorite "other" character of summer 2011?
-Dr. Abraham Erskine
PaulRom - 8/2/2011, 2:56 PM
1) Captain America
2) Peggy Carter
3) Loki
4) The Destroyer
5) Kilowog/Tomar-Re
6) Thaal Sinestro
ISeeStupidPeople - 10/14/2011, 6:57 AM
1) Captain America
2) Peggy Carter
3) Loki
4) Arnim Zola (I was torn between him and the Hellfire Club -- Azazel was pretty darn cool)
5) X-Men (immediately after I voted I regretted it... the X-Men themselves were a sideshow and not terribly great actors in retrospect. I wish I'd chosen Kato instead... yes, over Bucky)
6) Chester Phillips (Not normally a Tommy Lee Jones fan, but he really had some great lines. Stanley Tucci was great too, so I just did a toss up on that one. Mark Strong was... okay, I guess, but I'd have taken Anthony Hopkins before him even)

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