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Actors Who Regret Their Comic Book Movie Roles

Updated August 26, 2020 25.1k votes 4.9k voters 792.1k views10 items

List RulesVote up the actors who should regret taking on that comic book movie role the most.

Superhero movies! The Golden Ticket. The creme de la creme. Once you make one you know you've made it and it's the highlight of your career. Nothing can stop you, and it's worth everything that went into getting it. Right? Well... that's not always the case. 

We've been living in the golden age of comic book films. The Avengers saga, the Dark Knight trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy, you name it - but none of these movies could have possibly existed 20 or years ago. Everything leading up to now has led to the superhero franchise apparatus that dominates so much of Hollywood. Before this era we had a slew of horrendous adaptations of great (and, in some cases, admittedly not-so-great) comic properties.

Many of the biggest names in Hollywood were attached to these disasters; being in a Marvel movie may be a great career move if you're Chris Hemsworth, or Chris Evans, or Chris Pratt, back then it could mean your Arnold Schwarzenegger suffering through Batman & Robin - and that's not even the comic book movie he regrets most!

So let's take a look back at the less glamorous roles these iconic actors filled. These are the actors who regret their comic book roles, and aren't afraid to say so.

  • "First of all, I want to thank Warner Bros. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s**t, god-awful movie. You know, it was just what my career needed. I was at the top and Catwoman just plummeted me to the bottom."

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  • "I wanted to stop acting. The director was like, 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.' And I'm like, But there's no connection to a human being. And then it got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'F--k it. I don't care about this business anymore."
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  • "I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this - let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. [Ben Affleck] is a smart man, he knows what he is doing."

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  • Jennifer Garner is far too nice to say anything bad about her own movie publicly, but that doesn't mean she didn't bash Elektra in private. Garner's ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan spilled the beans to Us Weekly.

    "I heard Elektra was awful," he said. "Jennifer called me and told me it was awful. She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract."

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