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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
488 129
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
320 103
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
375 134
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
301 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
318 107
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
328 142
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
250 99
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1952-06-07 - Ducard (Batman Begins)

8
252 104
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
224 97
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
283 139
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
230 110
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
249 125
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1983-05-05 - Superman (Man of Steel)

13
195 90
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
194 96
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
186 92
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
177 92
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
161 84
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
145 82
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
130 86
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
131 87
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
119 77
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
126 84
Jackie Earle Haley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-07-14 - Rorschach (Watchmen)

23
109 70
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1966-04-22 - Comedian (Watchmen)

24
144 106
Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1962-01-17 - Edward Nigma/The Riddler (Batman Forever)

25
114 78
Adam West is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1928-09-19 - Bruce Wayne/Batman (Batman 1966)

26
115 80
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
99 65
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1965-01-22 -

Ma Kent (Man of Steel)

28
99 68
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
111 83
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1959-07-26 - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

30
100 73
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1943-03-31 - Max Schreck (Batman Returns)

31
85 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
86 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
83 71
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
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1924-04-03 - Jor-El (Original Superman Franchise)

35
76 67
Kim Basinger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1953-12-08 - Vicki Vale (Batman)

36
72 63
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
69 64
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
75 73
Marion Cotillard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1975-09-30 - Miranda (The Dark Knight Rises)

39
62 58
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1948-02-05 - Carmine Falcone (Batman Begins)

40
66 63
Billy Crudup is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1968-07-08 - Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen)

41
103 108
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
67 67
Christopher Meloni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1961-04-02 - Colonel Nathan Hardy (Man of Steel)

43
67 70
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
Mark Strong Abin Sur (The Green Lantern)

44
58 59
Patrick Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1973-07-03 - Nite Owl (Watchmen)

45
75 85
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
69 78
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1977-04-02 - Burke (Jonah Hex)

47
67 77
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
78 91
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
50 58
Billy Dee Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1937-04-06 - Harvey Dent (Batman)

50
46 54
Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Actors from DC Movies
1919-02-18 - Carl Grissom (Batman)