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The Scariest Performances In Comic Book Movies

Updated May 29, 2021 19.2k votes 3.2k voters 97.9k views13 items

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Ever since Richard Donner's Superman hit theaters in 1978, moviegoers have been fixated on superhero films, and there's been a particularly large influx since the mid-'90s. Viewers have seen a variety of beloved characters cross the screen for the first time since they were initially penned by their creators. Many of them are forces for good, fighting for truth, justice, and other positive ideals. There is, however, more than one formula for comic book adaptations, and as a result, plenty of these films are littered with scary protagonists, baddies, and antiheroes.

Many actors have done stellar jobs of bringing scary superheroes, villains, and antiheroes to life on the big screen. Roles like Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, and Ed Harris as Carl Fogarty in A History of Violence, are chilling enough to brand themselves on audiences' memories forever.