In 1920, the first superhero film ever hit the movie theaters. It was a silent film, "The Mark of Zorro". By 1949, the first TV superhero entered living rooms across the country, as "The Lone Ranger" and his friend Tonto wandered the Wild West dueling it up with the bad guys. Since then, there have been thousands of new movies and TV shows to entertain millions of people across the world. While the genre of superheroes never faded or died, there has been a mass resurgence in popularity.
How well do you know your superheroes - or more specifically, how well do you know the actors who play your favorite superheroes? Did Gal Gadot ever play Supergirl? Who was the dad-next-door guy who played Ant-Man? Who played the mighty, hammer-wielding Norse God of Thunder, Thor? From the well-known actors who donned the persona of the Caped Crusader, to the indefatigable Ironman, to the indestructible Superman, and a few lesser-known superheroes able to attract big-name actors into their spandex outfits, all sorts of actors have soared across out screens as superheroes.
It's time to test your mettle and see if you're up for the challenge! You'll need every power you have to get through this quiz!
Jason Momoa made his first appearance as Aquaman in DC's "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016. Followed by a second appearance in "Justice League" (2017), he will reprise the role in the solo film, "Aquaman," to be released in 2018 giving an in-depth look into Aquaman's story.
A versatile actor who played a lover-boy role in the romantic comedy, "The Proposal," Ryan Reynolds took on the active role of DC comic superhero Green Lantern in 2011. Not as successful as Warner Bros would have hoped it would be, the film was criticised for lacking a detailed story and for poor acting.
Born Nicolas Capello, Nicolas Cage is known for his usual eccentric roles; his role in 2007's "Ghost Rider" was no different. The movie based on Marvels' comic, despite its poor reviews by critics, raked in higher than budgeted figures when released.
Well known for his role as Wolverine in Marvel's "X-men," Hugh Jackman is an Australian born actor. Jackman's friend, Russell Crowe, recommended him personally to director Bryan Singer after Crowe turned down the lead role in "X-men."
Making her first appearance as Batgirl in the 1997 "Batman and Robin" film as Batman's second sidekick, Alicia Silverstone was heavily criticised for her role as the Batgirl. Being only 21 at the time, the actress was quite new to the acting industry.
A very excited British actor landed the role of Dr. Strange after beating many other actors to it. At first, critics questioned whether Benedict Cumberbatch was "a big enough name" in Hollywood to star in a Marvel film. Cumberbatch's enthusiastic performance was well enjoyed by fans and changed the minds of critics.
Scottish actor James McAvoy made his first appearance as Professor X in Marvel's 2011 "X-Men-First Class." A performance highly praised by critics, McAvoy was reprised as Professor X for X-Men's three sequels; "Days of Future Past" (2014), "Apocalypse" (2016) and "Dark Phoenix" (2018).
Jackie Earle Haley learned of the Watchmen comic story when fans on the internet selected him to play the role of Rorschach. After researching the story, Haley auditioned for the role and was selected. Haley was praised for his performance and was considered one of the best actors in the movie which received some bad reviews.
A completely unexpected Ben Affleck played the role of Batman in DC's 2016 "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," taking the place of previous Batman, Christian Bale. Better known as a director than actor, Affleck's casting as Batman was negatively received by fans. A hesitant Ben Affleck accepted the Batman role after Christian Bale turned it down; he retired from being Batman.
Michael Chiklis was praised for his performance despite the negative reviews earned by the film. After being introduced by a colleague to Marvel producer Avi Arad, Chiklis petitioned for the role of Benn Grim which he was cast for one year later.
Jeremy Renner is an American actor who plays Hawkeye in a series of Marvel films. This reformed criminal is a member of the Avengers, who, though lacking superpowers is a master archer and known for turning any object into a weapon.
Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian-born actress who played Rogue in the X-Men franchise. Rogue wears gloves to protect others from her involuntary ability to absorb the strength and memories of anyone she touches and considers her powers a curse.
Ezra Mathew Miller is an American born actor and singer, who played the Flash in DC Comics', "Justice League." With super fast speed, reflexes and thinking, Flash slows down time and runs back into time, as he defies the law of physics.
Australian native, Christopher Hemsworth, plays the son of Odin and Norse God of Thunder, Thor, in Marvel's superhero films. In his newest film "Thor: Ragnarok," Hemsworth must save his beloved home world, Asgard, from his destructive sister, Hela, unleashing Ragnarok.
As one of the original members of the Justice League, 30-year-old American actor Ray Fisher plays the role of Cyborg. With a cybernetically enhanced body, Cyborg uses his abilities to honor the death of Superman by joining a team of heroes to save the planet.
Jennifer Anne Garner is an American actress who plays the role of Elektra in the films "Daredevil" (2003) and "Elektra" (2005). In her superhero role, Garner is an assassin who is employed by the Hand, a mysterious global organization, to murder whomever she is hired to kill.
This Israeli actress and model is known for her role as Wonder Woman, an unconquerable warrior, and member of the Justice League. While in character, Gal Gadot, as "Princess of the Amazons" fulfills her true destiny, defending Earth and restoring equality and peace to our planet.
Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films. This super villain is the leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants, fighting to topple governments and achieve mutant superiority.
Christopher Eugene O'Donnell, an Illinois native, is known for his role as Robin in the "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin." As Batman's sidekick and defender, O'Donnell's character's combat strategies and gymnastic abilities are a force to be reckoned with.
Vin Diesel is a Californian actor, producer, director and screenwriter who plays Groot, the adorable tree-like creature and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though recognized for his deep voice, "I am Groot" is as much as you'll hear coming from the muscular actor in this role.
Jessica Alba takes on the role as Susan Storm, in Marvel's "Fantastic Four." As Marvel's first female superhero during the Silver Age of Comic, this heroine creates invisible force fields turning her and everything in her path invisible, earning the name Invisible Woman.
American comedian, writer, producer and actor, Paul Rudd, made his debut as Ant-Man in 2015. In his portrayal of this Marvel superhero, Rudd wears a super-suit which despite shrinking unleashes a powerful strength.
Wesley Snipes is an actor best known for his role as Blade, a half vampire and half human being who lives to fight the undead. In his quest to save humanity, Blade must struggle to not give in to his thirst for blood.
This Wisconsin native is known for the characters Bruce Banner and his alter ego, the Hulk, a green-skinned muscular savage who possesses immense physical strength which is born out of anger. Mark Ruffalo fights alongside Earth's greatest superheroes in Marvel's Avengers.
American actor and movie producer, Samuel Leroy Jackson, plays the role of Nick Fury in Marvel's Avengers films. Having signed a nine-film commitment to this role, we look forward to this war veteran and combat expert as the one-eyed patch director of the S.H.I.E.L.D.
Henry Cavill is a native of the British Isle of Jersey and gained international fame for his role as Superman in "Man of Steel." In this role, the Krypton native uses his superhuman capabilities to save the planet from destruction.
An inductee of the 2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame, Scarlett Johansson is famously known for her role as Black Widow in a series of Marvel Films spanning six years. This femme fatal and world-class athlete is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, usually seen wielding her guns in her fitted black leather suit.
Christopher Robert Evans, a Massachusetts native, is known for his superhero roles, one of which he portrays is Captain America. In this role, he is armed with an unyielding shield and a costume which represents that of the American Flag.
This American actor, having won four Grammy Awards, plays the role of Deadshot in the Suicide Squad. In this DC super villain role, Will Smith plays a highly trained marksman whose bullets are not wasted as he is known to never miss.
British actor Sir Patrick Stewart is known for his role as Professor X, the most prevailing telepath in the Universe, in Marvel's X-men films. In this role, he is the creator and leader of the X-Men whose lifelong dream is for mutants and humanity to peacefully coexist.
Ronald Perlman is a Manhattan native who landed the role of Hellboy in 2004, a half-demon superhero who possess superhuman strength and healing capabilities that immunize him from diseases.
This American actress and model made her debut as Psylocke in the X-Men franchise. In this role, Olivia Munn plays a master martial artist whose fighting skills combined with her telekinetic abilities make her a powerful superheroine.
This Scottish-American actor, author, performer, and activist is known for his role as Nightcrawler in the X-Men films. Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming portrays his character, a uniquely blue-skinned superhero who possesses the ability to teleport.
As MTV's Movie Award winner for Best Hero, Chloe Moretz plays Hitgirl in the Kick-Ass series. Her character's abilities span from hand to hand combat and the use of bladed weapons, brutally and remorselessly defeating her opponents.
Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Ackerman is best known for her role as Watchmen superhero, Silk Spectre II. The dominatrix costume, combined with her superb gymnastic skills and marksmanship, unleashes her immense strength and fighting abilities.
Oscar-winning American actress Jennifer Lawrence portrays the distinctively blue-skinned and yellow-eyed Mystique in the X-Men series. As a shapeshifter, Mystique, possess the ability to imitate the voice and appearance of individuals.
Washington native Jeffrey Morgan plays the role of The Comedian in the Watchmen series. As a primary character in the films, he views the world as a sadistic joke and embraces the darkness of men.
In 2008, this American actor and singer began depicting a genius inventor and superhero, Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. In this role, Robert Downey Jr. wears an armored suit which he uses to combat crime, earning him an award for Favourite Butt-kicker in 2014.
American actress Halle Berry is known for her role as Storm in the X-Men film released in 2000. This tribal princess and mutant, as her name suggests, possesses the ability to control the weather.
English actor Christian Charles Philip Bale is recognized for his role in the DC Comics Batman films starting with "Batman Begins" (2005). This film tells the journey of Batman, the rise of a young orphaned Bruce Wayne who becomes a superhero named after the very creatures he feared.
As a former Versace model, singer and actor James Paul Marsden gained eminence for his portrayal of Scott Summers, also known as Cyclops in the X-Men film series. This superhero mutant releases powerful rays from his eyes.
American actor Chadwick Aaron Boseman will reprise his role as Marvel Comics superhero, Black Panther, in 2018. As the first black superhero, this character is the guardian and defender of the fictional African nation, Wakanda.
Canadian actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Deadpool. As Wade Wilson, Reynolds is transformed into Deadpool by an evil scientist with mutant capabilities. Deadpool is hell-bent on murdering the man responsible for destroying his life.
Famke Jassen was appointed as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity. This Dutch actress, director, and screenwriter is famous for her role as superhero Jean Grey, a mutant with telekinetic powers in Marvel Comics.
Former Miss World America and actress Lynda Carter is known for her role as Wonder Woman in the American live-action television series. In her skin-tight suits, Wonder Woman captures her foes with her magic lasso of truth.
Christopher Michael Pratt is an American-born actor who achieved prominence in Guardians of the Galaxy. Armed with charm, he and his band of misfits are forced to save the planet, as they uncover the true power and danger of the orb he stole.
Margot Elise Robbie is an Australian-born actress who plays Harley Quinn in "Suicide Squad." This twisted and sadistic love interest of Joker will stop at nothing to please him and uses her many weaponized props to stop anyone who attempts to get in their way.
Andrew Garfield stars as the acclaimed Spider-Man. This web-slinging, red-suited hero, battles the criminals of New York with his super strength after being bitten by a mutated spider.
Christopher Reeves was an American actor who played the role of Superman. This sole survivor of Krypton crash landed on earth and used his super abilities to protect the people of Earth.
Micheal Fassbender is an Irish actor who recaptured the mystery of Magneto in the X-Men franchise. This leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants has the ability to control metal with his mind as he fights to achieve mutant superiority.