Superheroes have always been a popular aspect of popular culture, but in the past few years, there has been an explosion of our favourite characters being brought to life on the big screen. When it comes to casting a superhero, some actors or actresses are more naturally suited to specific roles due to their appearance or personality. On that basis, it’s only natural to honour the best of these portrayals (Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman immediately comes to mind). As a result, here’s a list of classic superhero castings that are equally as impressive as him:
1. Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Evans was perhaps one of the most entertaining superhero castings of Fox’s two dreadful Fantastic Four films. Nevertheless, it was in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger that he got his real chance to step up in a heroic role. Both, as the scrawny Steve Rogers and the very beefy Captain, the actor was fantastic. Evans made Steve Rogers a real and convincing hero by adding a great deal of substance and charisma to a man who has very often been presented as a two-dimensional flag-wearing dork.
2. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most well-known actors of all time. However, a little more than 10 years ago, Iron Man filmmaker Jon Favreau had to persuade Marvel executives a lot to get the actor hired in one of the superhero castings. Downey Jr.’s reputation was mostly wrecked by multiple offenses for alcohol and substance misuse in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, Jon Favreau found no better choice as he already knew about Tony Stark’s similarly tumultuous past from the comics. Fortunately for all of us, he swayed the producers, and now Iron Man is one of Marvel’s most recognisable characters.
3. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Suicide Squad, received mostly negative reviews but was immensely praised for its casting. Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn, in her debut live-action feature, is the film’s centrepiece. Robbie ensured that her character portrayal had a new and contemporary touch, but still was identifiable with the comics. Robbie has also produced Birds of Prey, helping to enhance the film’s representation of the character still further.
4. Tom Hiddleston as Loki
If there’s one thing that can be said about Tom Hiddleston’s acting skills, it’s that he somehow found a way to make The Dark World watchable. Loki is an absolute competitor to Tony Stark in order of popularity, and it’s because, like Robert Downey Jr., Hiddleston simply understands his part. He’s cynical, bitter, alienated, and power-hungry. Furthermore, he does this while maintaining a cockiness that has proved compelling and seductive to audiences all over the world.
5. Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Prior to his role as Thor in 2011, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth had only a few minutes of screen time to his credit. While numerous kinds of superheroes have been recreated, Hemsworth may be the most accurate representation of his superhero alter-ego. His stature, physique, blue eyes, and long blond hair suited only to a Demi-God. Fortunately, his performance was excellent, and he became one of the most popular characters in the Avengers series.