Two-Sided Superheroes

With the dawning of the Batman vs Superman movie, we saw a former hero reprise his role and play another. I took a look at other actors who have seen two sides of the super hero lifestyle:

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Halle Berry

In 2000, one of the greatest comic books came to life on the big screen, the X-Men. Apart of many of the main characters and contributors, was Storm, played by none other than Halle Berry. One of her greatest roles in cinema, Berry would go on to play Storm in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was rumored with the conclusion of the X-Men series, that a Storm spin off would be welcomed. When asked about the possibility, Halle had this to say:

“Of course, I love that character. I love what the X-Men series stands for. Absolutely. Fans have to tell Fox if that’s something they’re wanting!”

A not so popular role, Halle would go on to play Catwoman in between X-Men movies back in 2004. Although we were excited to see her in the outfit, nothing could be enjoyed due to the boredom and fashion show that was this flick. Receiving a measly 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, it was a complete write-off as hero movies go. As if the fans themselves couldn’t speak enough on their disappointment with the film, Halle Berry spoke for us all at the 2005 Razzie Awards*:

“I want to thank Warner Bros for casting me in this piece of shit, God awful movie.”

(*The Razzie Awards are infamous among the internet for giving out awards for those worst on the big screen.)

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Ben Affleck

In 2003, Ben Affleck was introduced to Marvel fans as Matt Murdock, otherwise known as the Daredevil. The movie wasn’t necessarily a smash hit, and it was given a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. Affleck did do a good job playing the character, and didn’t receive too much criticism. It was here that the foundations for him playing Batman would be set.

Post-Daredevil, in late 2016 Affleck provided this on his incentive for playing the dark knight:

“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right, to do a good version.”

As a narrator would chime in an ironic sitcom, I will tell you. This was not the case. Affleck was cast as Batman with indifferent reaction. Many fans didn’t think he could be serious enough to fit the role. In Batman vs Superman, Affleck didn’t disappoint, but the film may be regarded as worse than Daredevil. As the Dark Knight, Ben was fine, but I think I speak for all Batman fans when Bale would have been preferred. It received a 6.7/10 on IMDB, but just a 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. For a movie that joint the two monumental characters that are Batman and Superman into one screen for the first time ever, it could have been better.

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Chris Evans

In 2005, four people were exposed to a cosmic storm that granted them super powers. One of them was Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) and he became, the Human Torch. As the other previously mentioned, the Fantastic Four did not become a huge hit with the fans. A 27% on Rotten Tomatoes, most people were surprised when the super team came back for a sequel in 2007 with Rise of the Silver Surfer. It did better than the original with critics, but still only earned a 37% on the same scale. From today’s perspective, we should have enjoyed this more, because the soon to be made revamp made the original into a modern day Scarface.

“You’ve got to make sure the movies you’re making are movies you’ll be proud of. With a lot of movies I’ve made, I’ve had something to question.”

Originally written as a three movie deal, directors couldn’t handle the criticism and shut it down. Thus, Chris Evans found himself as today’s lead Avenger, Captain America. When chosen for the role, Evans was thought of being able to: “bring the perfect balance of dramatic performance and physicality to the role.” Now, he has donned the uniform of the Star-Spangled Avenger in nearly 5 films, and isn’t done just yet. A huge success, Captain America: The First Avenger would be the first of many and the foundation for The Avengers. Earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, Evans certainly upgraded both in quality and uniforms (what was up with those unitards?).

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Ryan Reynolds

Most recent, in 2011, we finally received the Green Lantern movie we’d been waiting on. At least, we thought so, before seeing the actual movie. Ryan Reynolds was introduced to us as Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot still living in the reverence of his dead father. Rated with 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, one review quoted it as “more of a Daredevil than Dark Knight.” Another crash and fail superhero movie, Reynolds doesn’t have any regrets:

“I’m not complaining about it — it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way.”

Although it will never receive a sequel, that alone opened us up for one of the best hero movies of the decade, Deadpool. A complete bounce back in the industry, Reynolds and the Deadpool team earned an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and shocked fans (and parents), across the world. In the movie, Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a former special forces operative now gone mercenary. The role has been quoted as made for Reynolds, and he earned himself the sequel this time. Filled with very inappropriate laughs, this became the first rated R superhero film of our time.

If at first you don’t succeed: try, try, and try again. Your second time around as a superhero is guaranteed to be 100% better.

All information provided by Rotten Tomatoes, Yahoo!Movies, Cinema Blend, and MTV. Featured image provided by Business Insider.

 

 

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