A single superpower is not enough for these actors. We look at the new crop of actors who return with two-fold force
A long road
Before he was Captain America, Chris Evans played hotshot superhero Johnny Storm/ the Human Torch, in Fantastic Four. He reprised the same role in 2007 in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. It was quite a jump for Evans, from the outspoken Storm to the stand-up guy, Steve Rogers in Captain America. But the actor pulled it off. Well known for his other movies like The Losers and Snowpiercer, he will once again show off his powers in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the third Superman movie. According to reports the actor plans to take a break from acting to focus on direction, once his contract with Marvel is up. But do not worry —he will finish playing Captain America only in 2017.
Three to go
The most recent super-hero role Ryan Reynolds has played is the Green Lantern. But well before that, in Blade:The Trinity, he was Hannibal King—a member of the Nightstalkers, a vampire hunting organisation. And to us, anybody who slays vampires automatically classifies as a superhero. And even before his somewhat disastrous role as Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern Corps, Reynolds was seen as the anti-hero Deadpool in X-Men Origins in 2009. Admittedly the meatier role, Reynold’s has hinted that he is more interested in playing Deadpool with the more successful Marvel franchise. The spin-off film that has been in the making for a while now has Reynolds hooked. “The script, I think, is fantastic. It has been developed even further in the last three months or so. The film has to be rated R, and it has to be done a certain way,’’ he explains.
Halle Berry is brilliant in her role as Storm. Strong, sexy and fiercely loyal, Berry seems like she was meant to play the role of the mutant in the X-Men series. As she reprises her role in the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s easy to miss that this Oscar winner is also a DC superhero. She played Catwoman in what can be called her worst film to date. While Berry kicked up a storm with her spunky silver hair as Ororo Munroe in X-Men, her swaying hips and exaggerated feline acting as the supposedly sensuous Catwoman was a forgettable role. Though she has shown no signs of leaving the Marvel Universe, we are still glad she’s apparently abandoned the DC camp or she and Anne Hathaway might have had a serious cat fight!
In Kick- Ass 2, which released last year, we saw actor Aaron
Taylor-Johnson fight crime for the greater good. Then the 23-year-old who has also been in movies like Nowhere Boy and Anna Karenina, truly came into his superpower in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (he features as Quicksilver in a cameo during the final credits). He will play again in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the uninitiated, Quicksilver is the son of Magneto and former X-Men villain, twin brother of the Scarlet Witch, and the paternal half-brother of Polaris.
The new avatar
Whether you like it or not, Ben Affleck will be appearing as Batman in the upcoming film. As we give you a minute to soak that in, let us ask you this: do you remember him in Daredevil? We do not blame you if you don’t. Affleck did a good job as Matt Murdock, despite the rest of the movie being trashed. Now the 41-year-old will play the next caped crusader in the new Batman vs Superman movie. Affleck in a recent interview promised, ‘‘It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.’’
Aakanksha Devi & Mrinalini Sundar