Total Nerd Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies  

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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


Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies
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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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J.K. Simmons


J.K. Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies
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Then: Simmons starred in 2002's Spider-Man and its sequels as J. Jonah Jameson.

Now: Beyond being the face of Farmers Insurance, he acts constantly. He has 143 credits (this guy is an acting machine). He's also reprised his role as JJJ on Ultimate Spider-Man. His latest release is 2014's Sundance Film Festival-winner, Whiplash.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies
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Then: In 1992, she starred as Catwoman in Batman Returns.

Now: Pfeiffer has taken a break from acting to focus more on her painting and raising her two kids, who just went off to college. 

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Kelly Hu


Kelly Hu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Where Are They Now? 30 Actors from Comic Book Movies
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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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