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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
499 129
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
327 103
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
384 134
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
310 97
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
324 110
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
334 143
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
255 101
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1952-06-07 - Ducard (Batman Begins)

8
259 105
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
229 98
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
288 141
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
235 111
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
201 91
Aaron Eckhart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1968-03-12 - Harvey Dent/Two-Face (The Dark Knight)

13
252 130
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1983-05-05 - Superman (Man of Steel)

14
199 98
Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1958-04-29 - Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Batman Returns)

15
190 94
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1976-05-25 - Dr. Crane/Scarecrow (The Dark Knight Trilogy)

16
180 94
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1981-02-17 - Blake (The Dark Knight Rises)

17
166 85
Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1944-11-17 - Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Batman Returns)

18
147 84
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
134 88
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
135 89
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
123 78
Michael Shannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1974-08-07 - Zod (Man of Steel) / Doc Cross Williams (Jonah Hex)

22
119 78
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1928-09-19 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman 1966)

23
127 86
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-07-14 - Rorschach (Watchmen)

24
110 72
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1966-04-22 - Comedian (Watchmen)

25
103 66
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1965-01-22 -

Ma Kent (Man of Steel)

26
118 81
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
145 110
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1962-01-17 - Edward Nigma/The Riddler (Batman Forever)

28
103 70
Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1955-01-18 - Pa Kent (Man of Steel)

29
113 85
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-07-26 - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

30
102 75
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1943-03-31 - Max Schreck (Batman Returns)

31
89 63
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
90 69
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
86 72
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
78 69
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1953-12-08 - Vicki Vale (Batman)

35
74 65
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1987-08-25 - Carol Ferris (The Green Lantern)

36
80 72
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1924-04-03 - Jor-El (Original Superman Franchise)

37
71 65
Ken Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-10-21 - Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins)

38
65 59
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1948-02-05 - Carmine Falcone (Batman Begins)

39
77 75
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1975-09-30 - Miranda (The Dark Knight Rises)

40
69 68
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
104 112
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1976-10-23 - Hal Jordan/Green Lantern (The Green Lantern)

42
66 66
Billy Crudup is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1968-07-08 - Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)

43
59 60
Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1973-07-03 - Nite Owl (Watchmen)

44
68 73
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Mark Strong Abin Sur (The Green Lantern)

45
76 87
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1946-09-15 -  Two Face (Batman Forever)

46
70 80
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1977-04-02 - Burke (Jonah Hex)

47
69 79
Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1967-06-20 - Dr. Chase Meridian (Batman Forever)

48
79 93
Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-12-31 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman Forever)

49
48 55
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1919-02-18 - Carl Grissom (Batman)

50
51 60
Billy Dee Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1937-04-06 - Harvey Dent (Batman)