Superhero films are now a legitimate option for well-regarded actors. We’ve had Oscar winners playing Batman, Catwoman, Mystique, Rogue and Storm. But there are some rather obvious big actors and actresses out there who haven’t put on the spandex yet. Who should be stepping up to the superheroic plate?
10. Ryan Gosling
He’s played men of action (and few words) in Drive and Only God Forgives, so we know he can fight. We’ve seen him do heroic and earnest in The Notebook, and charm by the bucket load in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Plus, he’s handsome like you wouldn’t believe and he breaks up street fights in his spare time. And, if the content of his upcoming directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, is any indication, he’s not adverse to a bit of fantasy.
Ideal role – In a dream world, he’d team up with one-time lover Rachel McAdams in a screwball Green Arrow/Black Canary movie, but with Arrow still going strong, that probably won’t happen. But if anyone has a chance of making Barry Allen interesting, it’s Gosling. So I’m going to say The Flash.
9. Katee Sackhoff
Battlestar Galactica was packed with countless bad-ass women, and Sackhoff out-bad-assed the lot of them. Her film career has been slow in taking off, but with a role in Riddick behind her, hopefully the studios will realise what the geek audience have known for years – Sackhoff is the best female action hero around.
Ideal role – When Sackhoff recently let slip that she’s been having ‘talks’ with Disney, the internet was quick to jump to certain conclusions. Mainly because everyone knows that she’d make an awesome Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
8. Bradley Cooper
He’s done action before with the ill-advised remake of The A Team, which failed to launch a franchise for him. After making his name in The Hangover series, he’s now chasing more award-worthy fare, with The Silver Linings Playbook and the forthcoming American Hustle. But mixing superheroics with Oscar-bait roles hasn’t harmed his co-star Jennifer Lawrence’s career any, so he may still be persuaded.
Ideal role – Putting aside his rumoured voice role in Guardians of the Galaxy, it would seem a shame to waste Cooper’s comic chops on too much of an earnest do-gooder. He’d make a great Iron Fist in a buddy-action-comedy Heroes for Hire movie.