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Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies

Updated December 10, 2019 3.3k votes 287 voters 58.0k views30 items

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Comic book films are some of the most popular movies out there, with their leading actors and actresses being some of the most successful in the business. But oftentimes, after actors make it big, they slowly crawl back into the shadows and out of the spotlight, disappearing from the public eye. This list is specifically about those people. These are the comic book movie actors who were in huge Hollywood superhero films that you haven't seen or heard from in years. What are those actors doing now, anyway?

From the original Batman movie starring Michael Keaton to Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man, we're taking a look to see what these celebrities are up to today. Who's current career status surprises you the most? Take a look through the list to find out!


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  • Rebecca Romijn
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    Then: In 2000, she played Mystique in X-Men.

    Now: Besides popping up as a great cameo in X-Men: First Class, this model turned-actress hasn't stopped working at all. She even showed up in another pre-Marvel Studios film, The Punisher (2004), and she's currently a lead on The Librarians.
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  • Kelly Hu
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    Then: Starred in X2 as Lady Deathstrike back in 2003.

    Now: Hu's been doing tons of work on TV, including CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0Vampire Diaries, and many others. She's also done a lot of voiceover work as well, such as Robot Chicken and playing Stacy on Phineas and Ferb, not to mention her tendency to do superhero work, appearing on shows like Arrow, The Spectacular Spider-Man, TMNT, Young Justice, and even the Batman Arkham games.
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  • Billy Campbell
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    Then: He starred as Cliff in 1991's The Rocketeer.

    Now: He's garnered 55 film and TV credits since, including 63 episodes on Once and Again, 26 episodes on The 4400, and 27 episodes of The Killing. He was also in Gods and Generals and played Abraham Lincoln in Killing Lincoln. He's currently on Helix.
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  • Kate Bosworth
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    Then: She played Lois Lane in 2006's Superman Returns.

    Now: She's still working but taking on smaller projects like 21, Straw Dogs, and Homefront.
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