Best actor to play a major superhero in 2000s?

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Poll: Best actor to play a major superhero in 2000s? (54 votes)

Will Smith 2%
Halle Berry 2%
Ben Affleck 2%
Christian Bale 46%
Scarlett Johansson 2%
Mark Ruffalo 0%
Jennifer Lawrence 0%
Hugh Jackman 31%
Robert Downey Jr. 13%
Ryan Reynolds 2%

Out of all these actors who have played a major superhero in a CBM in the past two decades, who is the best actor?

This is not a comparison of their portrayal of that certain superhero. Consider all the movies you've watched these actors in.

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Christian Bale

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  • Charlie Cox (as Daredevil)
  • Edward Norton (as Hulk)
  • Ron Perlman (as Hellboy)
  • James McAvoy (as The Horde)
  • Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine)
  • Chris Evans (as Captain America)

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Bale’s the best actor on that list.

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Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, Christian Bale. The rest aren't on the level of these three.

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Will Smith and Bale

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Bale, Jackman, RDJ

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Probably Bale is the best actor overall but I liked RDJ in Endgame, Hemsworth in IW, Jackman & Stewart in Logan more than him as Batman.

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Best to worst:

  1. Hugh Jackman.
  2. Robert Downey Jr.
  3. Scarlett Johansson.
  4. Jennifer Lawrence.
  5. Will Smith.
  6. Mark Rufallo.
  7. Ryan Reynolds.
  8. Ben Affleck.
  9. Halle Berry.

I feel like I haven't seen enough Bale movies to be able to rank him with these.

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#10  Edited By OnlyOneEmpereor

The One with an Academy Award for acting.

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The One with an Academy Award for acting.

Jenifer Lawrence?

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Christian Bale on a tier by himself followed by Downey, Jackman and Ruffalo.

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Bale > Jackman/RDJ >> the rest.

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Bale, Jackman, Downey, Ruffalo are the best outta this list

Evans, Hemsworth, Stewart, Macavoy, Cavill, Pratt and Levi are wonderful as well

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As everyone else has stated, Bale leads with the rest following. I would have a harder time picking the second best of the group, though. Jackman, Downey Jr. or Smith probably, but which one would depend on what time of day it is.

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#16 PayneInTheAss  Online

Bale

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#17  Edited By yuuki157

Based on their career

Scarlett,Christian,Hale,Jeniffer are the top actors

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Christian Bale followed by Hugh Jackman.

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Bale >>> Jackman>>>Norton>>>Lawrence>>> Everyone else

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@godzilla44: Yeah Norton was a better poll option instead of Reynolds , lol

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@payneintheass: Lots of people forget he was in the MCU due to him being replaced so it's understandable. Surprisingly in my opinion Will Smith would be my last pick on this list.

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Voted for Halle Berry because of Catwoman

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#24  Edited By ANTHP2000

All of them have some good work under their belts. Will Smith and RDJ are the most awesome to me, but I'm not sure they're better than Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Halle Berry in terms of acting ability. They probably aren't. I think Smith is actually more iconic than a fantastic actor, great as he is.

If Johansson outdoes her performance in Lost in Translation with Marriage Story, I'll be very impressed. They're saying it's her best performance to date and there's Oscar buzz for this one too, so it should be excellent. I've missed seeing her in romantic dramas.

I haven't been following Lawrence's or Ruffalo's careers outside the Avengers films and the Hunger Games, but they're both considered pretty great. Lawrence I know for a fact id an entirely different person that she is in her films. I really like Afleck but I think he's definitely the weakest one here as far as acting goes. He might be a pretty good director though. I can't speak for Ryan Reynolds.

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#25  Edited By tanhausergate

I need to rewatch TDKR as its been about 4 years since my last watch, though at first glance Bale would be the most logical choice I'd be wary to pick him. His transition as it starts in Batman Begins is earnest enough he goes through trials/betrayal from his mentor, endures the chaos of Gotham's descent in TDK and sees the fruition of Joker's saying they'll come after him, to reluctantly being Batman one final time before passing the torch (presumably). For me and I say this as someone who sees Bale as second only to Leonardo Dicaprio as his generations best actor, he never truly embodies the character except in sparse moments. Which would be him at his rawest in becoming Batman during the training sessions with Ras. Sure he confronts philosophical problems in TDK, watches the city he loves turn against him, and loses people he loves- but for most of TDKR hes too world weary and goes through the same process he did in TDK albeit to a lesser degree (Bane breaking him) ultimately for him to relinquish being a hero. Hes still a human being at the end of the day and his portrayal is one of the best, but as a hero Iron Man (RDJ) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) embody heroism more to me.

They both endure loss, sacrifice, and ultimately pay the price with their portrayals entering valleys, highs, and lows in their long-lived portrayal. We see Iron Man transition from a cocky playboy Billionaire weapons manufacturer in the early IM films, to a founding Avenger, to trying to protect the world to ultimately disastrous ends (the creation of Ultron), to being a father to Spiderman, to confronting the massive threat of Thanos, to ultimately sacrificing it all to save the Universe. Jackman as well throughout the FOX movies goes through periods of disillusionment, but never doubts what hes doing and lets go of his own life so that Mutankind persists after him. They're both more heroic to me than Batman and neither phone in their performance as much as Bale did in TDKR.

To me the others granted have had less amounts of screen time, are less popular characters, but none of them truly reach the heights that any of those 3 do. Maybe its because of poor writers, lack of interest in pursuing a franchise of films, etc.

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#26  Edited By ANTHP2000

@tanhausergate: But this is asking who the best actors are based on the entire careers, not their superhero roles.

Good write up though.

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@rbt said:
@onlyoneempereor said:

The One with an Academy Award for acting.

Jenifer Lawrence?

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@rbt said:
@onlyoneempereor said:

The One with an Academy Award for acting.

Jenifer Lawrence?

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If you didn't know.

I do. But Jennifer Lawrence won an oscar for best actress as well. Infact, she is the youngest actress to win an oscar for Best Actress in Main Role.

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Bale was a horrible Batman, even Conroy said it. how could anyone vote for him?

it looks like there's more Nolanites on CV than Batman fans.

I voted RDJ.

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Erm... WTH am I reading? Deadpool may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Ryan Reynolds NAILDED him! In both movies. Ryan Reynolds should be in First Place here.

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#32 morpheus_  Moderator

I don't really understand why people don't read the OP. It's clear this isn't a comparison of their CBM characters, but their overall body of work and acting skill.

Bale borderline stomps.

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@rockette: It's best actor overall. Not who was best in their comicbook role.

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#34  Edited By Rockette

@morpheus_:

Running off of 10 hours of sleep... for the last 4 days combined. :)-

OT: Still backing Ryan Reynolds.

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Bale is a top notch actor no doubt. But cmon he was a terrible, terrible Batman. Nobody remembers his Batman voicing??

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People's answers are obviously going to be based on their assessment of each respective actor's CBM role, because that is how the question is being framed.

otherwise the question should simply be, who is the best actor out of these guys?

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