10 actors who voiced wacky superheroes
Marvel and DC have enjoyed great critical and commercial success with their superhero films in recent years, launching cinematic universes, breaking box office records, and receiving many positive reviews. Part of that success has to be attributed to the talented actors who portrayed these superheroes and villains on screen, with several actors winning Oscars for their work in comic book movies.
Despite the recent trend for dark and gritty comic book movies, there are still some superheroes who are intentionally or unintentionally goofy and ridiculous. These roles require skilled actors who can convey both the power and silliness of their character.
ten Jay Leno as the crimson chin
Best known for its time on Tonight’s show, comedian Jay Leno became a household name during his time as one of America’s most popular late-night talk show hosts. Among his most recognizable qualities are his prominent chin and distinct voice.
Jay Leno shares these characteristics with the Crimson Chin, a superhero he voiced on My sponsors are magic. The Crimson Chin was a talk show host who acquired superpowers after being bitten in the chin by a radioactive celebrity. Much of her character revolves around chin-related puns like her hometown of Chincinnati.
9 Whoopi Goldberg / Margot Kidder as Gaia
Captain Planet and the planets has developed a reputation as one of the wackiest superhero shows. In the environmentally focused show, Gaia is the embodiment of nature and the creator of Captain Planet.
Over the course of the series, the role of Gaia’s voice was split between Whoopi Goldberg, who played her for the first three seasons, and Margot Kidder, who played Gaia for the last three seasons. Whoopi Goldberg has been successful in a wide range of endeavors, proving herself in both dramatic and comedic roles. Margot Kidder is best known for her performances as Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise.
8 Jason Mantzoukas as Rex Splode
Rex Splode is an arrogant, loud-mouthed superhero with the power to explode anything he touches in Amazon Prime Invincible. He’s a powerful yet obnoxious character who often causes unnecessary drama in the various superhero teams he joins.
Jason Mantzoukas has made a career out of playing ridiculous and over-the-top characters on shows like The league, Brooklyn 99, and The right place. He’s a hilarious comedian who brings a wacky energy to every role he plays. He is also a well-known podcaster as one of the co-hosts of How was it done?
7 Seth Green as Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck was the star of one of the most famous flops in movie history. Almost three decades later, he returned to the big screen in cameo appearances in the guardians of the galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame. Howard the Duck is generally described as a cynical and sarcastic character.
For his MCU appearances, Howard the Duck was voiced by Seth Green. Seth Green is best known for his roles as the son of Dr. Evil in Austin powers and Chris Griffin in Family guy. Howard the Duck’s minor appearances were well received by fans, opening the door to his potential inclusion in future films.
6 Tara as strong as bubbles
Debuting in the 1990s, the Powerpuff Girls are a team of overpowered sisters who have to deal with supervillains and kindergarten. Bubbles are the emotional core of the team, often described as gentle but naive. Because she is naive, Bubbles is frequently used as comic relief.
Since 1998, Bubbles has been played by dubbing legend Tara Strong. Tara Strong has an incredible animated filmography, voicing hundreds of characters in film and television. Some of his most famous characters include Timmy Turner in My sponsors are magic, Dil Pickles in Rugrats, Ben in Ben 10, Barbara Gordon and Harley Quinn in various Batman projects, and many more.
5 Tracy Morgan as Cave Captain
Best known for his work on 30 Rock and his stint on Saturday Night Live, comedian Tracy Morgan often plays loud and over-the-top characters. His brand of comedy lends itself perfectly to larger-than-life roles.
In Scoob! Tracy Morgan voices Hanna-Barbera’s character, Captain Caveman. As a prehistoric caveman capable of flight, Captain Caveman calls himself the world’s first superhero. It also possesses the ability to use its long bristles as a utility belt, easily removing any objects needed in the situation.
4 Jonah Hill as a Green Lantern
Although he has successfully become a respected dramatic actor, many of Jonah Hill’s leading roles have emphasized his comedic ability. Jonah Hill has made a name for himself appearing in comedies such as Super bad, In blister, and Forget Sarah Marshall.
Jonah Hill has regained his 21 Jump Street costar Channing Tatum in Lego movie like Green Lantern and Superman respectively. In the movie, Green Lantern is clearly on Superman’s nerves, and the two end up trapped in the gum next to each other. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s perfect comedic chemistry is fully on display in this film, and their goofy take on these beloved DC heroes is hilarious.
3 Ed Helms as Captain Underpants
Ed Helms was catapulted into the limelight when he became a regular at Office then starred in the hit comedy The Hangover. Since then he has regularly appeared in TV shows and movies such as Label and Vacation. Many of his characters are often guys with straight laces reaching the end of their rope.
This type of character is taken to its extreme in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. He plays Mr. Krupp, an elementary school principal who is hypnotized by two of his students, making him believe he is Captain Underpants, the fictional superhero they created.
2 John Mulaney as Spider-Ham
Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse introduced the audience to the multiverse parallel universes that are home to countless different versions of Spider-Man. Some of them were similar to Miles Morales but some were drastically different. The strangest version featured in In the Spiderverse is Spider-Ham, an anthropomorphic talking pig with Spider-Man powers.
Spider-Ham is played to perfection by comedian John Mulaney. John Mulaney is a comedian and former writer on Saturday Night Live. His original and awkward delivery captures Spider-Ham’s awkwardness.
1 Jim Cummings as Darkwing Duck
Jim Cummings is a Disney dubbing legend, tasked with bringing characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Hondo Ohnaka and Mickey Mouse’s rival Pete to life. Beyond his Disney work, he is also known to play the Tasmanian Devil.
One Jim Cummings character who always resonates with fans is superhero Darkwing Duck from Black wing duck and Duck tales. A clear Batman parody, Darkwing Duck is a rich duck who doesn’t have superpowers but uses his gadgets and intelligence to fight crime. Despite being proud and sometimes goofy, Darkwing Duck still manages to save the day.
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