Actors that have been in both DC and Marvel movies
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Actors that have been in both DC and Marvel movies

Nobody is saying you can’t enjoy both Marvel and DC. Well, some people might be saying it. Back in the day, they had a comic-book rivalry, and now they arguably have that rivalry in film as well. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is dominating the movie world, and DC is trying to keep pace. Not that everybody sticks to one side of that dividing line. Here are some of the actors who have been in both Marvel and DC movies.

 
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Idris Elba

Idris Elba
Warner Bros.

James Gunn came over from the Marvel world to make “The Suıcide Squad,” and he brought a few Marvel folks along with him in the proceedings. Elba is one of those actors. He’s arguably the lead of “The Suıcide Squad” as Bloodsport, but prior to that, he played Heimdall in three “Thor” films, plus a couple of appearances in “Avengers” movies as well.

 
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J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons
Sony

Simmons first appeared in a Marvel film when he stepped into the role of J. Jonah Jameson for the first three “Spider-Man” films from the days before the MCU. He then messed around, won himself an Oscar, then appeared as Jim Gordon in “Justice League.” Now, he’s back in the world of Spidey. Simmons returned to the role of Jameson alongside new Spider-Man Tom Holland in the new series. Now, Simmons has more of an Alex Jones vibe than back in the day.

 
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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds
Warner Bros.

Reynolds probably hopes you would forget his time in the DC Universe. His turn as Green Lantern was a real flop. Fortunately, Reynolds found his footing as a superhero by getting snarky, raunchy, and metatextual as Deadpool. After a rough first appearance as the character in a Wolverine film, Reynolds and company revamped the character into the fourth-wall-breaking filth flinger that he is known as today.

 
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Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy
Warner Bros.

There are Marvel movies these days that still exist outside the MCU. One of those is “Venom,” which stars Hardy. Before he took on the role of Eddie Brock, though, he famously played muffled Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

 
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Halle Berry

Halle Berry
20th Century Fox

Arguably the first success for Marvel in the film world was the “X-Men” franchise. There, Berry played Storm. A few years later, and after winning an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” Berry got the chance to star in “Catwoman.” It was a horrendous flop, winning her a Razzie to go with that Oscar.

 
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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck
Warner Bros.

Affleck is nobody’s favorite Batman we assume, but he still got to play the role. That’s massive. Early in his rise to stardom, Affleck played a less-famous superhero, Marvel’s Daredevil. Neither role really worked out for Affleck, but he still has a couple of Oscars so he’s doing just fine.

 
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Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton
Sony

Speaking of Batman, some questioned Keaton being cast in the role by Tim Burton, but then his two films turned into huge successes. Keaton was a superstar for a while, but then his career went a bit quiet. In recent years he’s had a renaissance, though, including a memorable turn in the first Tom Holland “Spider-Man” film. This time, though, he was on the villainous side of things as Vulture.

 
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Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe
Warner Bros.

Dafoe has had a fascinating career, but for all the dark films and Lars von Trier collaborations, the man isn’t against a comic book film (or a cheerful Wes Anderson performance). In the first run at Spider-Man on the big screen, it was Dafoe who played the villain, the Green Goblin. Many years later he swapped over to DC to appear in a supporting role in “Aquaman.”

 
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David Dastmalchian

David Dastmalchian
Warner Bros.

Dastmalchian is not the biggest name on this list, but he’s ping-ponged between DC and Marvel and earned his spot here. He actually made his film debut with a small role in “The Dark Knight.” Several years later he slapped on a broad accent for a fun role as Kurt in the “Ant-Man” films. Now, he’s back in the land of DC thanks to his turn as Polka-Dot Man in “The Suıcide Squad.”

 
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Chris Evans

Chris Evans
Disney

Chris Evans is synonymous with Captain America, and Captain America is synonymous with Chris Evans. This was not his first foray into superheroes, though. Let’s not forget the first two Fantastic Four films. There, Evans did a very un-Captain America turn as the Human Torch.

 
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Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi
Disney

Waititi is a big-time director these days. In the MCU he’s tackled “Thor: Ragnarok” and is directing the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.” He also cast himself in a small role in “Ragnarok” as Korg. On the flip side he has appeared in not one, but two DC films. Before his big movie break he had a small role in “Green Lantern,” and just had an extended cameo as Ratcatcher 1 in “The Suıcide Squad.”

 
Michelle Pfeiffer
Warner Bros.

Halle Berry flopped as Catwoman, but Pfeiffer definitely did not. Her turn as Selina Kyle is iconic. After many years away from comic-book movies, Pfeiffer returned as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, in the “Ant-Man” films.

 
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Zachary Levi

Zachary Levi
New Line Cinema

You can be forgiven for forgetting the erstwhile Chuck played Fandral in two “Thor” movies. That was a supporting role pretty far down the pecking order. These days, he’s a star. Specifically, he’s the star of “Shazam!” where he played the titular superhero. At least, he does when Billy Batson isn’t a mere child.

 
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Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones
Warner Bros.

Remember when Jones played Two-Face in “Batman Forever?” The ‘90s sure were weird. And yet, Jones wasn’t put off comic-book films. He has a role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” as a stern military man, which fits him a lot better than the insanity of Harvey Dent’s alter-ego.

 
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Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn
Disney

You’d have to check out the credits of “Captain Marvel” to know that Mendelsohn is in the films. He’s in some heavy-duty makeup as Talos, a member of the Skrull race. Mendelsohn is more visually noticeable in “The Dark Knight Rises,” though in a role that doesn’t involve anything terribly comic book-y.

 
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Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne
Disney

Fishburne has been acting since he was a child and has an extensive filmography, so maybe it isn’t terribly surprising he’s on this list. That being said, he was deep into his career before he ever got a role for Marvel or DC. It was DC that came calling first, casting him as Perry White of the Daily Planet in “Man of Steel.” After two DC movies, Fishburne moved over to Marvel to play Bill Foster in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

 
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Randall Park

Randall Park
Disney

As you can see, several actors have been in both DC and Marvel movies. Park, though, did it in the same year. In 2018 he has supporting, superpower-free roles in both “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Aquaman.”

 
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Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp
Warner Bros.

We probably don’t need to remind you that Stamp plays General Zod in “Superman II.” It’s a famed villain performance. You may need to be told that he played Stick in “Elektra,” though. Actually, we hope that was news to you because otherwise, it means that you watched “Elektra.”

 
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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett
Disney

Viola Davis has played Amanda Waller in both of the “Suıcide Squad” films, and she does a good job because, well, she’s Viola Davis. The Oscar winner wasn’t the first actress to bring Waller to screen, though. Bassett plays that role in “Green Lantern.” Later, she played Ramonda in “Black Panther,” a role that she will reprise in the sequel.

 
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Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou
Disney

Technically, Hounsou made his DC debut in “Constantine,” but that’s not really part of DC’s whole superhero line. We don’t need to count that to get Hounsou on this list, though. On the DC front, he’s in both “Aquaman” and “Shazam!.” Meanwhile, over in the Marvel world, he’s played Korath in both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain Marvel.”

Chris Morgan is a sports and pop culture writer and the author of the books The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. You can follow him on Twitter @ChrisXMorgan.

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