10 Great Overlooked Performances in Comic Book Films and TV Shows Comments - Mania.com


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Duckbeaver 4/28/2010 9:06:54 AM

 Agree with most of this list, but what about:

Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman.  From what I read, it's a lot of live-action films/TV shows.  What about a voice actor who gave a memorable Batman to an entire generation?  I can't even read a Batman book without hearing that rough sinister voice in my head (at least until Dick Grayson took over.  Phooey!).  I guess you could argue that the animation makes up half of the performance, but truth is, if you don't have a solid vocal performance, the entire thing falls apart.  Conroy had that role down.

Let's face it, I'd take his "Batman" voice over Christian Bale's voice any day.

Live-action-wise, my votes go to Gary Oldman (JIm Gordon) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor).

Rheul_home 4/28/2010 9:50:07 AM

Ming was the best. Remember his gigantic bed?

gauleyboy420 4/28/2010 10:13:34 AM

Nice list, and I agree with all of the choices...

WHAT I CANNOT ABIDE IS THIS STATEMENT! - "Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Burton’s second Bat-film stands up a bit better than the first."


On WHAT planet, In WHAT universe , is "Batman Returns" BETTER than "Batman"?????


While I like this list, the author lost almost ALL credibility with me on that statement alone....


Not to mention the inclusion of Pacino's performance in Dick Tracy... Nuthin good about that movie.

DarkXid 4/28/2010 12:49:34 PM

 Whoever fills the role in the future will have some Amazonian boots to fill, and it may take another unknown talent to do so.   --yeah, right, it's her boots I'm thinking of while looking at those pics.  .  .

Linda Carter was hot and I knew that at 4 when I watched wonder woman! 

I would disagree with Pacino being overlooked in Dick Tracy, because really, who looked?  But, Pacino was the man.  Same could be said for Kelsey Grammer, who was great as Beast...but I could only watch X-men 3, once.  Once! 

I disagree with Shaggy though, Matthew Lillard was great, but was Scooby-Doo a comic book movie?  Which taking from the title of this list would probably exclude him.  There have been scooby comics, sure...but it was a cartoon.  In that vein you could list Billy Dee Williams as poor overlooked Lando, because Star Wars became a comic book after the movie came out....

I know it's nitpicking, but some of these lists names--do not match the lists. 

Liev Schreiber should have been on the list.  He was great in Origins. 

Rizing 4/28/2010 1:43:45 PM

This is a terrific list! It's gratifying to know that I'm not the only one who was blown away by Kelsey Grammar as Beast (Talk about perfect casting), or Cummings as Night Crawler. 

Gary Oldman is a superior Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle got short-changed in the Burton/Schumacher movies).

I'm gonna miss J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. Raimi really put in a tremendous amount of work so the idea of a Spider-Man reboot is lame and desperately premature. Why can't these guys just finish what they start?! Even X-Men was ruined. We never got to see the transformation of Lizard. That poor actor never got a chance to have his shine. The possibilities! What a let-down. It's all very disappointing.

But great list.

almostunbiased 4/28/2010 1:57:34 PM

I agree with some of these, but some got their due.

Just have to say that Linda Carter at her prime is the hottest woman to ever live. (As said by a man who watched wonder woman as a boy.)

Tonebone 4/28/2010 2:54:50 PM

I am gonna disagree with Scooby Doo being garbage. I think some of the casting choices were suspect (FPJ as Fred?). But it was a fun movie (especially compared to its sequels). I love the Scrappy plot twist at the end.

But this is not about defending the movies. Its about the list and its a good one. Though I would hardly call Michelle Pfeiffer's turn as Catwoman overlooked.

BionicSlime 4/28/2010 3:02:35 PM

For once a list I completely agree with everyone on here, even tho I am not super familiar with the Trickster or Wonder woman from TV everyone on here did a fantastic job and deserves far more credit than they got. Especially Catwoman, Shaggy, Al Pacino as Big Boy and Beast, I don't think people talk enough on how great their performanes truly were.

BionicSlime 4/28/2010 3:04:34 PM

Oh I know this is double posting but I forgot to add, Schreiber as Sabertooth BRILLIANT! He stole the show.

ponyboy76 4/28/2010 4:31:14 PM

I have to agree with a lot of the list . J.K. Simmons was ridiculously good as JJ Jameson. In fact I just can't see anyone else playing him. Thye should get him for the reboot.

Kelsey Grammar surprised the hell out of me but it made total sense to have him as Beast. The same with Nightcrawler.

And technically, Marv was never a detectice or private eye. He was just a thug for hire.

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