The 11 Unlikeliest Actors Ever Cast in Superhero Movies
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The greatest criminal mind of our time might very well be ... Joaquin Phoenix?
Big buzz on "Batman vs. Superman" continues as Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated star of "Walk the Line" is a wanted man ... for the role of the main antagonist in the upcoming superhero mashup/"Man of Steel" sequel, which sources say is probably Lex Luthor.
Phoenix has been making quite a comeback since all of that "I'm Still Here" nonsense, particularly with his intense (and Oscar-nominated) performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (2012). He's currently receiving raves for his romantic turn in Spike Jonze's "Her," and Warner Bros. seems to be keen to work with him on its biggest property.
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That's not all. On the other side of the street, it would appear the gang at Marvel Films finally has their "Ant-Man" ... in the form of "Anchorman 2" funnyman Paul Rudd, according to The Wrap.
The head-scratcher here isn't that these two actors wouldn't be great in their respective roles — they most definitely would. It's just that both Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Rudd don't scream "superhero movie actors" at first glance. Phoenix is a 'serious thespian' who hasn't really starred in a major tentpole since his villainous turn in "Gladiator" (2000), and Rudd is ... well, he's the guy who almost swallowed his own fist while he was having a hallucinogenic-induced Las Vegas freak-out in "Knocked Up" (2007).
These two are in interesting company, though, as there's actually been lots of 'unlikely casting' in this genre from over the years. Here are 11 actors whom we never thought we'd see in a superhero movie, either.
1. Marlon Brando in "Superman" (1978)
The notorious Method actor and star of such serious dramas as "On the Waterfront" (1954) and "The Godfather" (1972) as ... Superman's Kryptonian father? Director Richard Donner demanded 'verisimilitude' in what's still the best-ever "Superman" film, and he helped achieve it by attracting A-list actors like Brando and Gene Hackman to what was previously perceived as simply a "funny papers movie."
2. Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014)