POLL: How Do You Feel About British Actors Playing American CBM Characters?

Today, a British actor was cast as an American icon. Does that bother you? How about the fact that we also have UK actors playing Spider-Man, Batman, Loki, Magneto and Sinestro to name a few? Hit the jump to share your thoughts and hear mine...

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By Josh Wilding - 1/30/2011


I found it interesting to see things kick off a little in the comments section of the Superman casting article. It seems that a few people are not too happy with a British actor being cast as the American icon. And it's not just on CBM either. There seems to be a fair amount of controversy across the entire internet. And to an extent, I suppose that it is understandable. Superman might be an alien from another planet, but it's America he's most closely associated with.

Hell, pretty much every comic book character is American! As they were created there, it's understandable. But here we are with a British Batman, Spider-Man, Magneto, Sinestro, Loki, Odin, Beast, Charles Xavier and Kick-Ass. (to name a few off the top of my head) As a Brit, this isnt really all that much of a big deal in my opinion. As long as the person is a good actor and can do the role, and accent, justice I really don't care where they're from. There should be some exceptions, with Captain America being the main example, but American actor Robert Downey Jr gave both a great performance and nailed the accent in Sherlock Holmes, so I wasnt at all bothered about him not hailing from the UK despite playing a British icon.

What do you guys think? Should we keep American actors for American characters? Would you really be ok with losing Christian Bale as Batman or Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man? As a Brit, I love seeing some of our best actors kicking ass in Hollywood, but can understand to an extent where some of these feelings are coming from. For example, I probably wouldnt be best pleased with an American James Bond! Here's your chance to share your thoughts about this!






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JoshWilding - 1/30/2011, 3:06 PM
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 3:19 PM
Dude...

SUPERMAN's an alien and a Worldwide icon,



But GOLD!
marvel72 - 1/30/2011, 3:19 PM
i'm not bothered where the actors from,but great britain does produce some quality actors.

just check out all the leads on comic book movies & tv shows they're from the uk.

batman
spider-man
superman
x-men first class
true blood
the walking dead
supertrackmonkey - 1/30/2011, 3:21 PM
It doesn't bother me at all. Superman might have been created in the United States, but his creators were Canadian.
I also wouldn't care if a non-Brit played Bond either.
As long as the actor does the role justice, it doesn't matter.
DarthGeoffPeterson - 1/30/2011, 3:21 PM
As an American myself, I can honestly say that I don't mind it at all. Some of my favorite actors are British. Hell, most of my favorite musicians are too! LOL
SHHH - 1/30/2011, 3:22 PM
Who Cares... Superman is an Alien....
Checkmate - 1/30/2011, 3:23 PM
I don't care, as long as they don't have accents unless needed and they do good.
Abed - 1/30/2011, 3:26 PM
If they can speak with the American accent, look like an American and act well. Then there shouldn't be a problem.
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First ever comment btw, I'm Abed..Nice to meet you guys!
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 3:26 PM
MARVEL STUDIOS --- A Captain Britain movie a must!!!

Just not by FOX! : p
Drykilllogic22 - 1/30/2011, 3:27 PM
LOL..All are Passive as long as the characters are depicted with the "proper" skin color, it doesn't matter.
Idris Elba is a brit playing Heimdall..but..
RorMachine - 1/30/2011, 3:27 PM
Any level headed person is going to be fine with any nationality playing any role as long as they do a good job. It will be interesting to see hoe many non level headed CBMers we have though:)..ah no, in fairness there are a few exceptions. Captain America/Captain Britain. But even them IF they found a non American/Brit for those roles that was simply the best actor for the job that would be the main thing.

Welcome to the jungle Abed:)
LEEE777 - 1/30/2011, 3:27 PM
Nice to meet you too @ ABED!

Welcome!
JoshJones - 1/30/2011, 3:30 PM
Welcome, Abed.

....Troy and Abed in the MOOOOOOOORNING!
DrLecter - 1/30/2011, 3:32 PM
JUST FINE. Seriously. What difference could it possibly make where the actor is from?? lol

I guess maybe I don't understand the issue. Who the hell cares?
ezio619 - 1/30/2011, 3:33 PM
JUST AS LEE AND SHHH SAY SUPERMANS AN ALIEN,HES NOT AMERICAN OR BRITISH,AND IN MY EYES, A PERSONS TALENT SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON HIS NATIONALITY,MANY HEROES HAVE BEEN PLAYED BY AMERICAN ACTORS AND FOR EXAMPLE IN MY OPINION MICHAEL KEATON DID A GREAT JOB AS BATMAN(I DONT BELIEVE BATMAN AND ROBIN EXISTED ,HEH)KILMER WAS OK AS BATS,TOBEY DID A DECENT JOB AS SPIDEY AND CHRISTOPHER REEVES IS SUPERMAN AND CHRIS EVANS IS HOPEFULLY GOING TO BE GREAT AS STEVE ROGERS AND BALE IS MY BATMAN,CHRIS WILL BE GREAT AS THOR AS WELL AS CAVILL AS SUPES AND ANDREW AS PETE HOPEFULLY(I DO LIKE THE NEW SUIT,IT STILL FEELS TO ME AS A SPIDER MAN COSTUME)
darkknight87 - 1/30/2011, 3:34 PM
hey im new to this site. if anyone has the thor script can you send it to capedcrusader8714@gmail.com please..thanks
DrLecter - 1/30/2011, 3:35 PM
Also... who ever said Superman was an American icon?

An American invented the character. An American company publishes the book. But the character is an icon for many all over the world.
golden123 - 1/30/2011, 3:37 PM
Superman is an American icon; but Batman is more hidden in the shadows and America is nothing more than a geographical location of where he lives, Sinestro is an alien that has nothing to do with America, Loki and Odin have a similar exception to Sinestro, and X-men are a team that are fighting for the universal rights of man kind. Superman on the other hand fights for truth justice and the AMERICAN way. If Superman wasn't in the USA that would change his character drastically. I don't think Henry Cavill can relate to an American icon if he's British. His background bothers me, but it will in no way spoil the movie for me.
Angelus - 1/30/2011, 3:37 PM
A Canadian as Hal Jordan, a Brit as Batman and now another Brit as Superman, I think it's safe to say it's okay. And another Brit playing Sinestro, and an Aussie playing Thor. Nobody really cares as long as they do a decent and worthy job portraying their different titluar characters.

We wouldnt want to go overboard with Thor(and his fellow Æser) speaking Scandinavian and being played by a Scandinavian actor.
JoshJones - 1/30/2011, 3:38 PM
@Juggernaut "Truth, justice and the American way!"

of course, not anymore. But at one point he was a DC posterboy for American ideals.
JorEl77 - 1/30/2011, 3:39 PM
As long as he doesn't talk in a British accent it doesn't bother me.So it doesn't bother me that he is British,I didn't know he was until people on here said he was.Just like if an American was casted as Captain Britain,it wouldn't bother me,but he would have to speak with a British accent though.As long as they act really good who cares where they are from.
113 - 1/30/2011, 3:40 PM
There should be another choice in that poll. CERTAIN very specific characters need to be portrayed by an actor of the same nationality. For example, no American actor should ever play James Bond (as the author noted). Likewise, no British actor should ever play Captain America or SUPERMAN.

Characters like Spiderman, Batman, charles xavier, etc...are not as important (at least their national origin really doesn't matter)...Maybe some Batman fans only want an American actor but he's not an American icon like SUPERMAN is

I'm about as upset about a Brit being cast as an American icon as a Brit would be about an American playing Bond. It's just wrong.

I won't obsess over this choice of Cavill as Superman AS LONG AS I DON'T HEAR AN ACCENT. If I once hear a Brit accent squeek out i'm throwing my drink at the movie screen and walking out.
vermillion - 1/30/2011, 3:40 PM
It really doesn't matter as long as they can act the part.
darkknight87 - 1/30/2011, 3:42 PM
can anyone send me the thor script please ....capedcrusader8714@gmail.com thanks
LBO - 1/30/2011, 3:43 PM
Hi! im from Spain, and i know that superman is an american symbol but this superhero is a symbol too for people in many countries.
So, thanks for this!!

P.D. sorry for my english
RockNRollCC - 1/30/2011, 3:43 PM
I don't care, as long as they're good actors.
DrLecter - 1/30/2011, 3:44 PM
WWW: that was before my time man. I remember when Superman used to say that on cartoons, but I never thought for a second that made him iconic to just Americans. He's an American character that is iconic to many.

If Superman had been from Uganda or something, but still been uber powerful, totally heroic, and had a colorful outfit I'm pretty sure he would be just as iconic lol
Urban8er - 1/30/2011, 3:45 PM
Dude. Great article just as long as they don't half ass their performance I'm fine with it.
starsofwar - 1/30/2011, 3:48 PM
like most people are saying, it doesn't really matter as long as they are good actors. half of the time viewers don't even know especially if the actors hide their accent well. I had no idea until recently that Cillian Murphy is irish, and he does a fantastic job of hiding his accent in Batman Begins. Superman is not just an American Icon, he is a World Icon.
captquirk - 1/30/2011, 3:49 PM
Let's look at this...Superman was born on Krypton, Loki is a Norse God, Magneto was born in Europe, and Sinestro is... not American. What was the question?
yuckmouth1billion - 1/30/2011, 3:51 PM
If they are fine with RDJ playing the iconic Sherlock Holmes, then I guess I'm fine with it.
113 - 1/30/2011, 3:52 PM
Superman may of been born on Krypton but he was raised in America. He has no direct memories of Krypton as he was sent from the planet when he was like a year old.
Exiles - 1/30/2011, 3:53 PM
seriously it dosen't bother me I can understand if people had problem with if it was cap america or britain but even then if the actor is right for the role then I don't see the problem. And because he's not american makes no difference the best actors are like chameleons is there job to be some one else. Look at RDJ he's playing Sherlock Holmes and I never saw an out cry over that obviously some would argue that sherlock holmes isn't as iconic as superman thats debatable but anyways he pulled of that role you forget that this is the man that played tony stark. Honestly I would not have a problem with an american playing james bond, we've already had aussie, scot and Irish actors play him some were better then others. Long as the actor does justice to the role it honestly matters.
DrLecter - 1/30/2011, 3:54 PM
I'm still don't see what the big deal is.

Most of my favorite actors are non American. My very favorite is British. It seems like a silly thing to even be discussing.
Abed - 1/30/2011, 3:54 PM
You guys shouldn't be all that grateful. We gave you Robert Pattinson for Twilight! Lol, Do apologise about that!

@Wadewinstonwilson

Troy and Abed in morning???
Bartman87 - 1/30/2011, 3:59 PM
I don't really care, but my concern is what does this say about the superficial actors America is producing.
Contrarian - 1/30/2011, 4:00 PM
If a British ACTOR can ACT American then there's logical point in getting upset about it!
Luigi - 1/30/2011, 4:06 PM
I don't think Americans should play Captain Britain or James Bond. I think an American should play Captain America and an African should play Black Panther. Other that that I can't think of any character that I would care about on the top of my head.
Luigi - 1/30/2011, 4:09 PM
@MultiPurposeNaji: Standing for American ideals doesn't mean just loving Americans.
Abed - 1/30/2011, 4:13 PM
@yuckmouth1billion

As a Brit, I'm not cool with Robert Downey Jr's British Accent, its fluctuates..He was equally as bad as he was in Chaplin.

I think certain American and Brits shouldn't attempt each others accents.
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Jeremy Irons
Ray Winstone
Tom Wilkinson have rubbish American accents.
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Don Cheadle
Edward Norton
Robert Downey Jr
Dick Van Dyke (Ofcourse)
Mickey Rourke
Angelina Jolie (Painful) have rubbish British Accents.
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Notable mentions, Johnny Depp, Andrew Garfield and Christian Bale are impressive.


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