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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!
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1
426 123
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Heath Ledger 1979-04-04 - The Joker (The Dark Knight)

2
278 93
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michael Caine 1933-03-14 - Alfred (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

3
332 123
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Christian Bale 1974-01-30 - Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

4
264 87
Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Morgan Freeman 1937-06-01 - Fox (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

5
283 98
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Gary Oldman 1958-03-21 - Commissioner Gordon (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

6
303 122
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Anne Hathaway 1982-11-12 - Selina Kyle/Catwoman (The Dark Knight Rises)

7
215 90
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Liam Neeson 1952-06-07 - Ducard (Batman Begins)

8
215 93
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Tom Hardy 1977-09-15 - Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

9
193 85
Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Christopher Reeve 1952-09-25 - Clark Kent/Superman (Original Superman Franchise)

10
250 130
Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Jack Nicholson 1937-04-22 - Jack Napier/The Joker (Batman)

11
200 100
Michael Keaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michael Keaton 1951-09-05 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Returns)

12
216 112
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Henry Cavill 1983-05-05 - Superman (Man of Steel)

13
167 83
Aaron Eckhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Aaron Eckhart 1968-03-12 - Harvey Dent/Two-Face (The Dark Knight)

14
170 87
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer 1958-04-29 - Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Batman Returns)

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15
142 70
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Danny DeVito 1944-11-17 - Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Batman Returns)

16
155 82
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 1981-02-17 - Blake (The Dark Knight Rises)

17
159 86
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Cillian Murphy 1976-05-25 - Dr. Crane/Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

18
130 73
Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michael Gough 1916-11-23 - Alfred (Original Batman Film Franchise)

19
123 71
Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Russell Crowe 1964-04-07 - Jor-El (Man of Steel)

20
117 75
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Jackie Earle Haley 1961-07-14 - Rorschach (Watchmen)

21
131 91
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Jim Carrey 1962-01-17 - Edward Nigma/The Riddler (Batman Forever)

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22
98 62
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Jeffrey Dean Morgan 1966-04-22 - Comedian (Watchmen)

23
103 69
Michael Shannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michael Shannon 1974-08-07 - Zod (Man of Steel) / Doc Cross Williams (Jonah Hex)

24
102 70
Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Gene Hackman 1930-01-30 - Lex Luthor (Original Superman Franchise)

25
89 58
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Diane Lane 1965-01-22 - Ma Kent (Man of Steel)

26
100 69
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Adam West 1928-09-19 - Bruce Wayne/Batman ( Batman 1966)

27
110 80
Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Amy Adams 1974-08-20 - Lois Lane (Man of Steel)

28
99 73
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Kevin Spacey 1959-07-26 - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

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29
86 63
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Kevin Costner 1955-01-18 - Pa Kent (Man of Steel)

30
88 67
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Christopher Walken 1943-03-31 - Max Schreck (Batman Returns)

31
75 56
Laurence Fishburne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Laurence Fishburne 1961-07-30 - Perry White (Man of Steel)

32
74 61
Burt Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Burt Ward 1945-07-06 - Dick Grayson/Robin ( Batman 1966)

33
66 53
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Blake Lively 1987-08-25 - Carol Ferris (The Green Lantern)

34
71 64
Margot Kidder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Margot Kidder 1948-10-17 - Lois Lane (Original Superman Franchise)

35
68 61
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Marlon Brando 1924-04-03 - Jor-El (Original Superman Franchise)

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36
67 61
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Kim Basinger 1953-12-08 - Vicki Vale (Batman)

37
92 91
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Ryan Reynolds 1976-10-23 - Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (The Green Lantern)

38
68 65
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Marion Cotillard 1975-09-30 - Miranda (The Dark Knight Rises)

39
59 56
Billy Crudup is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Billy Crudup 1968-07-08 - Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)

40
60 58
Ken Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Ken Watanabe 1959-10-21 - Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins)

41
69 70
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Tommy Lee Jones 1946-09-15 -  Two Face (Batman Forever)

42
60 60
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Mark Strong Abin Sur (The Green Lantern)

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43
59 59
Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Christopher Meloni 1961-04-02 - Colonel Nathan Hardy (Man of Steel)

44
51 50
Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Patrick Wilson 1973-07-03 - Nite Owl (Watchmen)

45
65 68
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Michael Fassbender 1977-04-02 - Burke (Jonah Hex)

46
53 54
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Tom Wilkinson 1948-02-05 - Carmine Falcone (Batman Begins)

47
61 68
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Nicole Kidman 1967-06-20 - Dr. Chase Meridian (Batman Forever)

48
62 70
Chris O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Chris O'Donnell 1970-06-26 - Dick Grayson/Robin (Batman & Robin)

49
69 80
Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Val Kilmer 1959-12-31 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Forever)

50
47 54
Malin Åkerman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Malin Åkerman 1978-05-12 - Silk Spectre II (Watchmen)