Top Ten Comic Book Movie Performances by Kenneth Mack
10. Thora Birch as Enid Coleslaw
Daniel Clowes' Ghost World isn't much on action or flashiness but delivers on some of the sharpest and wittiest characters you'll ever find. Even while sharing the screen with acclaimed actors Steve Buscemi and Scarlett Johanssen, Thora Birch managed to steal the show playing the sarcastic and cynical Enid Coleslaw.
9. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
Loudmouth? Check. Antagonistic? Check. Mustache? Check. J.K. Simmons looked and sounded as if he leaped out of the pages of Amazing Spiderman and did such a great job an attempt to re-cast that role would only end up as a pale imitation.
8. Heath Ledger as the Joker
Although not the most faithful to the comic book version, Heath Ledger's interpretation of the maniacal murderer was a natural fit. His performance not only influenced the comic book portrayal of the Joker but has earned him the near-impossible feat of winning an Academy Award for a comic book movie.
7. Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl
Let's be perfectly honest. Readers of Mark Millar's popular comic book series Kickass knew that Hit Girl was going to steal the show. They also knew that whoever was going to play her would have a lot to live up to as the potty-mouth femme fatale. Chloe Moretz not just lived up to the character but made audience believe in her ability to kick ass.
6. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Although his gravelly-voiced Batman isn't everyone's cup of tea, there's no doubting his performance as young, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. Ever since his role in American Psycho as an over-privileged young man with a dark secret his potential for playing Batman's alter ego had been established. Luckily, the potential had been realized in Nolan's incredible vision for the Bat-franchise.
5. Ron Perlman as Hellboy
What's the difference between actor Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola's Hellboy? Red skin. For years, Ron Perlman has made a career playing badass bully types in action movies like Alien Resurrection and Blade II. With the help of his tough guy demeanour and unique physical features, Perlman has helped Hellboy's first feature film be a faithful one.
4. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Probably the most natural fit on this list, Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as the flamboyant playboy/superhero Tony Stark shocked audiences. Not by the quality of his performance but how it was able to propel Iron Man into one of the hottest movie franchises today.
3. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
It takes a lot of talent to go from a broadway dancer to playing one of the most conflicted characters in comic books. When X-Men came out in theatres in 2000, many questioned the unknown actor's ability to play the vicious Wolverine. Five minutes into his first scene and not only were naysayers silenced but begging for more of Jackman.
2. Patrick Stewart as Professor X
It's very rare that an actor fits the artistic vision of a character so perfectly. Patrick Stewart's poise, look and manner of speaking have mimicked Professor Charles Francis Xavier ever since Stewart played Starfleet commander Jean Luc Picard.
1. Christopher Reeves as Superman
Christopher Reeves has defined Superman on film so much so that any live action incarnation of the character since then has been measured to that iconic performance. Whether as Clark Kent or as Superman, audiences believed in Reeves' portrayal wholeheartedly and have yet to find a true successor for the role.