Edward NortonThe Superhero: The Hulk The Movie: The Incredible Hulk (2008) Ed Norton starred as the alter ego Bruce Banner to the mean green smashing machine in the 2008 reboot of the 2003 film The Hulk.
The Superhero: Spider-Man
The Movie: Spider-Man Series (2002-2007)
Toby Maguire was somewhat an odd choice for the part of Spider-Man in the 2002 film adaptation of the popular Marvel comic book series, but the public didn't seem to mind, flocking to see the film which became a commercial success and spawned two sequels.
Halle BerryThe Superhero: Catwoman The Movie: Catwoman (2004) Halle Berry donned a revealing cat suit and ears for her turn as Catwoman in the 2004 film. Though she was as hot as ever, Berry's performance is memorable for how bad it was. The film was a cheesy mess that earned an Oscar winning leading woman a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.
Ryan ReynoldsThe Superhero: Green Lantern The Movie: Green Lantern (2011) The always funny Ryan Reynolds took on the power of the Green Lantern in this modern film adaptation of the DC comic. Though his efforts were earnest--bringing Hal Jordan to life in his classic Ryan Reynolds wit-- the film received generally poor reviews.
The Superhero: Captain America
The Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Chris Evans bulked up to fulfill his role as Steve Rogers aka Captain America--a role he initially had turned down. Unlike the DC flick Green Lantern, which opened just weeks earlier to negative reviews, Captain America: The First Avenger received generally positive reviews for its solid storytelling and its successful creation of nostalgia with authentic '40s set pieces and costumes.
Michael Jai WhiteThe Superhero: Spawn The Movie: Spawn (1997) Handsome actor and former teacher best known today for his work in the Why Did I Get Married films, Michael Jai White was once best known for playing Spawn, a reluctant demonic leader of hell's army who shirks his evil side to fight for good in the 1997 film of the same title. White--who holds black belts in seven different martial arts disciplines--got to exercise his skill in this mostly negatively reviewed, though commercially successful film.
Chris HemsworthThe Superhero: Thor
The Movie: Thor (2011)
The previously little known Australian actor was a perfect match for the blonde haired, blue eyed, cocky God of Thunder, and a massive selling point to all the ladies who went to see the film for his strapping physique. Best known as Liam Hemsworth's big brother prior to the film's release, Chris is now a bonafide star who has surpassed his little brother.
Robert Downey Jr.The Superhero: Iron Man
The Movie: Iron Man (2008)
Already a well known actor, the once troubled Robert Downey Jr. made his career in a suit of armor. Downey's Tony Stark, a showboat billionaire weapons developer whose life is saved by the Iron Man suit, is richly entertaining with a mixture of charming arrogance and quick-witted banter. Not to mention the actor-- in his 40's-- is looking better than ever.