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Total Nerd The Best Actors from DC Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite actor (overall) who's been cast in a DC film

Comic book movies are especially hard to cast because there are so many die hard fans of these characters who see them all their own unique way. No actor can perfectly embody everyone's opinion of an iconic comic book character, and beyond that comic readers tend to be an especially zealous and vocal bunch. The talented actors on this list have all taken on roles in DC films, and are still considered some of the best actors around (at least most of them).  From heroic superheroes, to sexy female supervillains, we have the ultimate list. These actors were all from the actual live-action movies, not inclucing DC Comics animated movies.

DC does a great job of blending relatively unknown actors with moderate to big names to ensure box office success. DC films feature some of the best actors, not just big names, and they've taken to their roles well. Below are the best actors from DC comics movies. Vote up the best actors below who've been cast in a DC comics film!
list ordered by

1
522 133
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1979-04-04 - The Joker (The Dark Knight)

2
345 107
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1933-03-14 - Alfred (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

3
404 140
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1974-01-30 - Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

4
326 102
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1937-06-01 - Fox (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

5
336 113
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1958-03-21 - Commissioner Gordon (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

6
350 149
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1982-11-12 - Selina Kyle/Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)

7
262 105
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1952-06-07 - Ducard (Batman Begins)

8
267 110
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1977-09-15 - Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

9
240 100
Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1952-09-25 - Clark Kent/Superman (Original Superman Franchise)

10
294 144
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1937-04-22 - Jack Napier/The Joker (Batman)

11
246 114
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1951-09-05 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Returns)

12
264 133
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1983-05-05 - Superman (Man of Steel)

13
209 94
Aaron Eckhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1968-03-12 - Harvey Dent/Two-Face (The Dark Knight)

14
199 96
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1976-05-25 - Dr. Crane/Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

15
205 101
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1958-04-29 - Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Batman Returns)

16
173 86
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1944-11-17 - Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Batman Returns)

17
182 96
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1981-02-17 - Blake (The Dark Knight Rises)

18
151 86
Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1916-11-23 - Alfred (Original Batman Film Franchise)

19
140 91
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1974-08-20 - Lois Lane (Man of Steel)

20
139 92
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1964-04-07 - Jor-El (Man of Steel)

21
131 88
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-07-14 - Rorschach (Watchmen)

22
125 83
Michael Shannon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1974-08-07 - Zod (Man of Steel) / Doc Cross Williams (Jonah Hex)

23
122 82
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1928-09-19 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman 1966)

24
108 69
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1965-01-22 -

Ma Kent (Man of Steel)

25
113 74
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1966-04-22 - Comedian (Watchmen)

26
122 83
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1930-01-30 - Lex Luthor (Original Superman Franchise)

27
109 73
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1955-01-18 - Pa Kent (Man of Steel)

28
148 116
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1962-01-17 - Edward Nigma/The Riddler (Batman Forever)

29
106 78
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1943-03-31 - Max Schreck (Batman Returns)

30
116 90
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-07-26 - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

31
91 66
Laurence Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-07-30 - Perry White (Man of Steel)

32
93 71
Burt Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1945-07-06 - Dick Grayson/Robin (Batman 1966)

33
90 75
Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1948-10-17 - Lois Lane (Original Superman Franchise)

34
81 71
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1953-12-08 - Vicki Vale (Batman)

35
83 74
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1924-04-03 - Jor-El (Original Superman Franchise)

36
75 68
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1987-08-25 - Carol Ferris (The Green Lantern)

37
81 77
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1975-09-30 - Miranda (The Dark Knight Rises)

38
68 62
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1948-02-05 - Carmine Falcone (Batman Begins)

39
73 69
Ken Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-10-21 - Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins)

40
71 70
Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-04-02 - Colonel Nathan Hardy (Man of Steel)

41
69 68
Billy Crudup is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1968-07-08 - Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)

42
107 116
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1976-10-23 - Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (The Green Lantern)

43
61 63
Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1973-07-03 - Nite Owl (Watchmen)

44
70 75
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Mark Strong Abin Sur (The Green Lantern)

45
83 95
Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-12-31 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Forever)

46
72 82
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1967-06-20 - Dr. Chase Meridian (Batman Forever)

47
79 91
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1946-09-15 -  Two Face (Batman Forever)

48
51 56
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1919-02-18 - Carl Grissom (Batman)

49
55 62
Billy Dee Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1937-04-06 - Harvey Dent (Batman)

50
71 83
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1977-04-02 - Burke (Jonah Hex)