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Actors who have appeared in both DC and Marvel properties

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Throughout the history of superhero films, Marvel and DC properties make up the vast majority of superhero films have featured the same actor in both franchises

1. Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Adrian Toomes/Vulture.

When Michael Keaton was first cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Tim Burton's Batman, it was met with immediate backlash but won over audiences after the film's release. Three years later he reprised his role in its sequel "Batman Returns." He is set to play Batman for the third time in the DC Extended Universe film "The Flash."

In 2017, he faced Spiderman as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture in "Spiderman: Homecoming." His portrayal of the villain made him one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture.

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture.

2. Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Before Daredevil became a hit TV show on Netflix, Ben Affleck played Matt Murdock a blind lawyer who fought crime as Daredevil in Daredevil which featured Jon Favreau who later went on to direct Iron Man as Foggy Nelson.

Thirteen years later he took on another superhero role as Bruce Wayne/ Batman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad (2016) and Justice League (2017). His casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman was met with immediate backlash but managed to win over audiences after the release of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.


Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

3. Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King, Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds first major superhero role was as vampire hunter Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004). Five years later he starred as the wisecracking mercenary Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) which was met with immediate criticism for having the character's mouth sewn shut. He later starred in the critically panned and box office bomb Green Lantern as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

He returned to play Wade Wilson/Deadpool in Deadpool (2016) which poked fun of his first portrayal of the character as well as the Green Lantern film. The film went on to become highest R-Rated grossing film at the time and spawned a sequel in 2018.

Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King.

Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King.

Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool.

4. Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex, Thanos, and Cable.

Before Josh Brolin wiped out half of the universe as Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he starred as the disfigured bounty hunter Jonah Hex in the western Jonah Hex (2010). The film went on to become a critical and financial failure.

Starting in 2014, Josh Brolin starred as Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy which would be the first of his four appearances as the villain which ended in Avengers: Endgame (2019). He also went on star in another Marvel film as Cable in Deadpool 2 (2018) which was released the same month as his third appearance as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and also included a scene where Deadpool referred to Cable as Thanos.

Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex.

Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex.

Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Josh Brolin as Cable.

Josh Brolin as Cable.

5. Halle Berry as Storm and Patience Phillips/Catwoman.

In 2000, Halle Berry made her first of four appearances as Storm in the X-Men film franchise which ended in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Her portrayal of Storm along with High Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professer X made the franchise enjoyable.

However, the same can't be said about her portrayal of Patience Phillips/Catwoman in Catwoman (2004) that was complete disaster. The character of Catwoman had little in common with the source material that it was based on.

Halle Berry as Storm.

Halle Berry as Storm.

Halle Berry as Patience Phillips/Catwoman.

Halle Berry as Patience Phillips/Catwoman.

6. Tom Hardy as Bane and Eddie Brock/Venom.

Tom Hardy first began his relationship with director Christopher Nolan by starting in Inception (2010). Two years later he faced off against Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises," in the final film of Christopher Nolan's " Dark Knight," trilogy. He gave a menacing performance with a muffled voice as Bane that made a challenging villain for Batman.

He returned to superhero genre by playing Eddie Brock/Venom in Venom (2018) as an antihero.

Tom Hardy as Bane.

Tom Hardy as Bane.

Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom.

Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom.

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