15 Actors In Awful Superhero Movies Who Saved Their Careers By Playing Different Marvel & DC Characters

15 Actors In Awful Superhero Movies Who Saved Their Careers By Playing Different Marvel & DC Characters

Long before Michael B. Jordan was Killmonger he played Johnny Storm, while Batfleck previously underwhelmed as Daredevil. Here, we look at 15 actors who saved their superhero movie careers by being recast.

There are a lot of comic book characters who have been brought to the big screen or are currently on the way to it but only so many actors to fill those roles. That's why a lot of Hollywood stars have ended up playing multiple characters in the Marvel and DC Universes or both, and many of them have had to use the second characters they've starred as to rescue their careers after those disastrous first turns. 

For example, Ryan Reynolds almost killed his career by playing Green Lantern in the big budget flop but more than made up for that by starring in Deadpool, the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all-time.

What you'll find here then is a look at fifteen actors who have played various comic book characters in poorly received movies who have then gone on to redeem themselves with far more successful performances in movies which didn't bomb with fans, critics, and at the box office. So, click below to check out the full list and then be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section. 


Scarlett Johansson



Before taking on the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson took on the role of femme fatale scientist, Silken Floss, in the critically panned Frank Miller adaptation The Spirit. The movie was terrible and was most definitely not the right direction for the actress as she looked to further break into the world of Hollywood blockbusters. The MCU would finally make that possible, however. 
 

Jon Favreau



Jon Favreau is now a hugely successful director and he was put on that path when Marvel Studios chose to hire him to direct Iron Man. He also starred in that movie as Happy Hogan, a role which he's since reprised on multiple occasions including in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Before all of that, though, he was forced to slum it as Happy Hogan in Daredevil.
 

Idris Elba



Idris Elba had only a very minor role in Thor so clearly fancied his chances taking on another comic book movie role when he played Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. That movie bombed and Elba didn't shy away from sharing his dissatisfaction with Heimdall's minor role in The Dark World. On the plus side, though, Thor: Ragnarok gave him more to do moving into Avengers: Infinity War.
 

Michael B. Jordan



There was a lot of controversy surrounding Michael B. Jordan's casting as Johnny Storm in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot but that was quickly forgotten about when all those stories of reshoots and behind the scenes drama surfaced. As a result, the entire cast would rather pretend the movie never happened and Jordan managed to redeem himself by playing Erik Killmonger in Black Panther
 

Nicolas Cage



Nicolas Cage has never made the best decisions when it comes to his Hollywood career and Ghost Rider was the perfect example of that. While the actor attempted to make up for the movie by delivering an offbeat performance in the sequel, that was easy to forgive after he'd redeemed himself by delivering a memorable turn as Big Daddy in Kick-Ass where he channelled his inner Adam West.
 

Samuel L. Jackson



Samuel L. Jackson changed the MCU forever when he popped up as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man but the actor has made a lot of very strange decisions over the years, and The Spirit was probably his most questionable. Playing the main villain, The Octopus, he delivered the sort of performance which could have left fans reluctant to see him take on this key role as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
 

Mark Strong



Mark Strong has actually found a great deal of success in the likes of Kick-Ass and the Kingsman movies, while it's hoped that he'll deliver another strong performance as the villainous Doctor Sivana in Shazam next year. The British actor is still attempting to recover from Green Lantern, though, a movie which saw him deliver a strong performance as Sinestro but underwhelmed in a big way.
 

Josh Brolin



Josh Brolin has had mixed success over the years in the comic book movie realm after roles in the likes of Jonah Hex, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Men in Black 3. However, 2018 looks set to be his year as the actor plays motion-capture baddie Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and then suits up as fan-favourite mutant Cable in the Deadpool sequel. Both movies now look set to be major hits.
 

Dominic Purcell



Dominic Purcell came to everyone's attention when he starred opposite Wentworth Miller in Prison Break and he attempted to break into Hollywood with a lead role as Dracula in Blade: Trinity. Unfortunately, his cheesy turn didn't do him any favours and he quickly faded into obscurity. Things turned around when he landed the role of Heatwave in The Flash and moved on to Legends of Tomorrow.
 

Joe Manganiello



Joe Manganiello had a very small role in Spider-Man as high school bully Flash Thompson and as his acting career took off in the years that followed, many fans wondered why he hadn't scored another big superhero movie role. Now, things appear to be turning around for the actor as he looks set to take on the role of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in a solo outing following that Justice League cameo.
 

Ryan Reynolds



Before finding some well-deserved success with Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds tried again and again to break into the superhero movie genre with little success. He was enjoyable to watch in Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Green Lantern but all three of those were critical and commercial disasters and it wasn't until he suited up as the Merc with the Mouth that he returned to the A-List.
 

Brandon Routh



Superman Returns should have made Brandon Routh a household name but Bryan Singer's insistence that the actor channel Christopher Reeve hurt his career in a significant way. Thankfully, Edgar Wright gave him the opportunity to show a very different side in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and he's since found success as The Atom in both Arrow and with a lead role in spinoff Legends of Tomorrow.
 

Karl Urban



DREDD has become something of a cult classic and Karl Urban's scowl heavy performance was definitely memorable. However, the movie failed to connect with audiences and made a paltry amount of money at the box office. While Urban was one and done after showing up as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok, the critical and commercial success of the threequel could have been just what he needed.
 

Chris Evans



Chris Evans delivered a memorable turn as Johnny Storm in Fox's terrible Fantastic Four movies and was equally as watchable in The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. However, it was Captain America which proved to be a game-changing role for the actor which has seen him become not only an icon but an A-List actor who is no longer having to slum it in second-rate blockbusters and romcoms.
 

Ben Affleck



When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, the vast majority of comic book fans used Daredevil as an example of why he shouldn't be given another major comic book character to play with. The actor ended up exceeding expectations as the Dark Knight but the movies he starred in didn't and his future as the hero remains in doubt. Perhaps this second superhero role actually doomed his career?

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