Marvel might have the hottest movies in the superhero market in the 21st century, but DC Comics started it all with Superman back in 1978. It's not easy to find the right person to play Superman or Batman, but over the years, DC and Warner Bros. have done their best. Still, even when someone as "big" as Ben Affleck or George Clooney takes on a role like the Dark Knight, there are plenty of DC actor facts the fans don't already know.
This list highlights some of the more interesting tidbits of information about the actors who have starred in DC movies over the years.
- Photo: Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.
Some fans did not enjoy seeing George Clooney as Batman in Batman & Robin. They think his line delivery was terrible, and although he might have looked okay as Bruce Wayne, he was no Dark Knight.
Clooney counts himself among the detractors. When asked about Ben Affleck taking over the role in an interview with Empire magazine, he said:
I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this - let's just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man; he knows what he is doing.
- Age: 54
- Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
- Photo: Wonder Woman/Warner Bros.
Given the success of the first Wonder Woman movie, it's hard to imagine anyone but Gal Gadot playing her. The Israeli actress and model cemented herself as a real superhero in the DC Extended Universe.
Despite being the perfect actress for the role, she didn't exactly audition for it. When she went in for the audition, she thought she was trying out for the role of Catwoman, as she explained in an interview with Empire: "I mean, I could have guessed. I thought it was going to be Selina (Kyle), you know?"
She only learned of the real role when she was flown in to test with Ben Affleck, who had been cast as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Age: 35
- Birthplace: Rosh HaAyin, Israel
- Photo: Aquaman/Warner Bros.
Jason Momoa has a scar across his left eyebrow that has become something of a trademark. He got it in November 2008 during a bar fight.
While he was at the Birds Cafe in Hollywood, CA, a man threw a pint glass at his face, which shattered on contact. He received 140 stitches and underwent reconstructive surgery to repair the damage, but the scar remained.
Dominic Bando, the man who assaulted him, was sentenced to five years in prison. He pleaded no contest, admitting he caused "great bodily injury" to Momoa.
- Age: 36
- Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
- Photo: Shazam/Warner Bros.
Zachary Levi, who starred as Fandral in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Shazam in the DCEU, has been told in the past that he's "too Jewish" to land certain roles throughout his career.
Although that's not a good thing for anyone to hear... Levi isn't Jewish. His last name is his middle name, which he uses professionally. His real last name is Pugh, and he's of Welsh descent.
He spoke about being turned down for the lead role in The Revenant, when the casting director told him, "I’m so sorry, Zachary, you were on our shortlist, but then someone said, 'Levi? Hmmm.'"
Exasperated, Levi explained, "I guess they were looking for more of a corn-fed, white boy look... My family is from f*cking Indiana! Come on, I'm like dying here!"
- Age: 39
- Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America