With the popularity of comic book movies on the rise today, finding actors/actresses that have the ability to not only play the role of hero or villain, but have the ability to connect with their audience is a very important thing. It can be the one factor that’ll make or break a potentially great comic book movie in the end.
The connection made between a superhero, or villain, and the audience can be key to a movie’s success and the inability to make that connection can be detrimental to all involved. Audiences may start into a comic book movie completely clueless as to the affect of the connection that is about to be made. But this connection is inevitable and is one of the biggest factors leading to the success of any comic book movie. It has the ability to draw an individual into the movie and creates a kind of bond between the actor/actress and audience that’s not easily broken.
Unfortunately, there are so many actors/actresses out there who simply don’t have what it takes to make that all important connection. For some, the reason can be as simple as the image they portrayed in the many movies they have played in over the past. Image is something that sticks with audiences and isn’t an easy thing to break. Image cannot be simply turned on or off like the light switch on a wall.
If a female actress has been known for the kind, gentle, non-aggressive role she has played in all of her previous movies, and has never deviated from that role, it’ll be difficult for audiences to see her appear in the villain role of a comic book movie today. Much the same, if a male actor has only been associated with angry, aggressive, selfish roles in all of the movies he has ever played in, making a switch to the superhero role in a comic book movie might be a far reach for comic book movie fans today. This can be a factor that sticks with an actor or actress for life.
For some actors and actresses, it’s not simply the fact that they have portrayed an image, in past movies, that can’t be easily broken. For others, it can have a lot to do with the fact that playing a part in a comic book movie takes a special kind of actor/actress. It takes one who isn’t so much focused on immediately making that all too important connection, but more-so focused on being the character they’re playing.
To be the superhero or villain, in a comic book movie, is to do much more then just act out a part. It’s to feel the part and feel it so strongly that the part becomes the actor/actress involved. This is how connection is made and this is the ability that so many actors/actresses lack today.