Playing a superhero can be an awesome gig for any actor. After all, it could mean more projects to work on if people truly love the comic book character you portray. However, it looks like some are just a little luckier than others. There are a few actors who managed to play more than just one character from the comics in live-action films or shows.
We already know that some actors have embodied at least two different comic book characters. For instance, Ben Affleck played Batman in Justice League after playing Daredevil in the ill-fated movie (he also played Superman actor George Reeves in Hollywoodland). But did you know that there are a few special actors who got to portray even more? Here are the top 5 actors who have appeared in four (or more) different live-action comic book movies and shows.
Disclaimer: This list focuses on live-action portrayals of comic book characters only. We're coming up with a separate list that's all about voice acting so stay tuned for that!
Would you believe that Josh Brolin has already played five different comic book characters in his long career? Although you probably know him as Thanos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, he has also portrayed the titular bounty hunter in 2010's Jonah Hex and the time-travelling Cable in Deadpool 2. However, these aren't the only comic book roles Brolin has played.
Back in 2012, Brolin joined Men in Black 3 as the young Agent K, the character portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones opposite Will Smith. Later in 2014, he took over the role of Dwight in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (the character was originally played by Clive Owen in the first movie).
That's five different comic book characters in five separate movies where he was pretty much the lead or had a major supporting role. This is why Josh Brolin takes the top spot on our list.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was meant to appear in comic book movies. He first played Edward Blake aka The Comedian in Zack Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen before going on to headline the all-star cast of The Losers where he portrayed leader Clay. Morgan was then chosen to play the villainous Negan in AMC's The Walking Dead Season 7, a gig that has continued all the way to the current season.
Morgan would later reunite with Snyder and appear as Thomas Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice although he was uncredited for the role. Interestingly, this isn't Morgan's first uncredited comic book movie cameo. He had previously popped up in 2010's Jonah Hex where he played Jonah's friend Jeb Turnbull. Sadly, these uncredited roles mean that he misses out on the top spot on our list.