Superhero films have never been as popular as it is today. But the history of the genre goes back many decades. DC Films franchises are under full control of Warner Bros and are making films that are not connected. But MCU is built on connectivity. So many films are being made based on comics from Marvel and DC. Both these studios always look for actors to be cast in their films and have attracted established actors to play different characters in the films or have made a normal actor into famous stars. There are many lists of actors who have either portrayed lead or supporting roles in both the studios and over the years; the character played by these actors has become very popular among the audience.
Actors who have been part of Marvel and DC films –
J.K. Simmons – He portrayed the role of J.Jonah Jameson in the Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man franchise for many years. Simmons also portrayed the role of Jim Gordon in the Justice League. In Spider-Man: Far away From Home, he is seen portraying the role of Jameson. Simmons is an American actor and best known for portraying Dr Emil Skoda in Law & Order, Vernon Schillinger in OZ, William Pope in The Closer. He was born on 9 January 1955 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, US.
Halle Berry – She portrayed the role of Ororo Munroe in 4 X-Men films released between 2000 and 2014. Halle is an American actress. She began her career as a model and then entered movies and is known for her role in Boomerang (1992), The Flintstones (1994), and Bulworth (1998) and was born on 14 August 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, US.
Tom Hardy – He portrayed the role of Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Since 2018 Tom is portraying the role of Eddie Brock and the anti-hero Venom in Sony Films. Tom is an English actor and producer born on 15 September 1977 at Hammersmith, London, UK. His debut film was Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.
Idris Elba – He was the man in charge of the rainbow bridge guarding entry to Asgard in the Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor. In The Suicide Squad, Elba is leading a group of DC villains as Robert DuBois. He was also seen in another two films of DC and Marvel, where he portrayed the role of Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Roque in The Losers. Elba is an English actor, songwriter, singer, rapper, writer, and producer. He is known for the character he portrayed in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Wire, Luther and was born on 6 September 1972 in London, UK.
Willem Dafoe – He portrayed the role of Norman Osborn in the Spider-Man film. Dafoe was seen in Aquaman 2018 were portrayed as a much less menacing character. Willem is an American actor. He has received multiple accolades and is known for his unique voice and was born on 22 July 1955 at Appleton, Wisconsin, US.
Michael Fassbender – He portrayed the role of a villain in Burke in Jonah Hex. In the X-Men franchise, Michael portrayed the role of menacing mutant Erik Lehnsherr. Michael is an Irish-German actor and racing driver. He is known for his role in Hunger (2008) and was born on 2 April 1977 at Heidelberg, Germany.
Zazie Beetz – She portrayed the role of Domino in Deadpool 2 and Sophie Dumond in Joker, the acquaintance of Arthur Fleck. Zazie is a German-American actress. She is known for her role in Atlanta and was born on 25 May 1991 at Mitte, Berlin, Germany.
Angela Bassett – She portrayed the role of Queen Ramonda in Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. Angela was also seen in Green Lantern. Angela is an American actress, producer, director, activist. She has received many awards like three Black Reel Awards, a Golden Globe Award, seven NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actor Guit Awards. Born on 16 August 1958, New York, US.
David Dastmalchian – He has been seen in many Marvel and DC projects and will be playing a lead man in The Suicide Squad. In Dark’s Night, he played the role of Joker’s Goon and portrayed the character Kurt in Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise. David has also voiced Batman villain, Calendar Man in Batman: The Long Halloween (animated feature). David is an American stage and film actor. He is known for his roles in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at Chicago’s Shattered Globe Theatre and Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie and was born on 21 July 1977 in Philadelphia, US.
Ben Affleck – He portrayed the role of a lawyer Matt Murdock in Daredevil (2003). Ben also portrayed the role of a new Batsman in Batman v Superman 92016) and Justice League (2017). In the Zack Snyders Justice League, he portrayed the role of Dark Night. Ben is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter and two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards and started his career as a child artist to his credit. In California, US, he was born on 15 August 1972.
James Marsden – He was seen in 4 X-Men films. In “Superman Returns”, James portrayed the role of Lois Lane’s fiancé in 2006. James is an American actor, former model, and singer. He began his career by guest-starring in many TV shows and is known for his role in the X-Men series (2000–2014) and Superman Returns (2006) and was born on 18 September 1973 at Stillwater, Oklahoma US.
Michael Keaton – He portrayed the role of the Caped Crusader in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Keaton also portrayed the role of Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Michael is an American actor. He is known for portraying Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) and for his role in Mr Mom and was born on 5 September 1951 in the US.
Ryan Reynolds – He was 1st seen portraying the role of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds was also seen in Green Lantern. Ryan is a Candian actor, producer, comedian. He is known for his role in Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018) and was born on 23 October 1976 in Vancouver, Canada.
Joe Manganiello – He portrayed the role of Flash Thompson in Spider-Man and returned for Spider-Man 3. In Justice League (2017), Joe portrayed Slade Wilson’s role and was seen in Zack Snyder’s 2021 version. Joe is an American actor. He is known for his role in Tue Blood and was born on 28 December 1976 in Pittsburgh, US.
Josh Brolin – He portrayed the role of a titular bounty hunter in Jonah Hex (2010). Josh was seen as the villain in many Marvel films. As a part of the MCU’s Infinity Saga, Josh portrayed the role of the Mad Titan named Thanos for many films. He also portrayed the role of Summer in Deadpool 2. Josh is an American actor. He has received many accolades and was born on 12 February 1968 in California, US.
Bryan Tyree Henry – He voiced Miles Morales’ father, Jefferson Davis, in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (animated film). In Eternals, he will portray the role of Phastos (immortal). Bryan was also seen in Joker (DC), where he portrayed an Arkham Asylum clerk named Carl. Bryan is an American actor. He is known for his role in Atlanta and was born on 31 March 1982 in Northern California, US.
Randall Park – He portrayed the role of Jimmy Woo (Scott Lang’s parole officer) in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). Park also appeared in the Ant-Man sequel, WandaVision, and Aquaman. Park is an American actor, writer, and comedian. He is best known for his character in Fresh Off The Boat (2014–2020). Born on 23 March 1974 in Los Angeles, US.