Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Superhero TV Shows

Sorry I didn't have a Poll Position up for you guys last week, I had a very busy end to the week last Friday, but it isn't going anywhere.

Anyway, this week we're looking at who has given the best performance on any form of superhero TV show, be it live-action or cartoon. As per usual, I've given you 10 options to start with and you can add your own suggestions. Please bear in mind that if you add your own suggestions I would like if you could do so in the format of the options I have given, so actors name - role played - TV show - length of run. And you can add actors twice if the actor has played another role in a different series that you think is worth mentioning (e.g. Mark Hamill is a starting option for his work as The Joker in the DC Animated Universe, but has also been in the two live action Flash series as The Trickster).

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3 Responses to Poll Position: Greatest Character Portrayals In Superhero TV Shows

  1. What? No Adam West or Burt Ward??? 😉

  2. The Atomic Punk

    Not sure about mixing live-action with animated. Two very different methods of acting. Especially since Mark Hammill has done wonderful in both. He wins just by his résumé.

    I add John Wesley Shipp for his run as The Flash (1990-1991) and The Flash (2014-). The original Flash was a limited yet a bold experiment for DC Comics. This was around the time that DC became a subsidiary of Time Warner. So, trial and error. That puffed up suit was so 90s.

    Wesley Shipp as Earth 3 Flash and Amanda Pays as Tina McGee is great continuity. Their presence shows how much the people working The Flash care about the characters and the audience.

    Stephen Amell’s Arrow is “darhker” than the Green Arrow of comics and animation. Oliver Queen is the fun-loving billionaire playboy. Arrow started as more “this is how superheroes would be in the real world.” It set the tone for DC television and what is now collectively “The Arrowverse.” It worked perfectly. Without the success of Arrow, we wouldn’t have The Flash, Supergirl, or Legends of Tomorrow as we know them – if at all.

    @Worf: Of course, Adam West and Burt Ward! They are not in the Poll because they are already in the Hall of Fame (or Infamy).

  3. The Atomic Punk

    Sad news today with the passing of Bill Paxton. His portrayal of Agent John Garrett in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a real treat. He was a great mentor for Grant Ward. Garrett was a footloose foil to the stoic, calculating Ward. When it got down to business, Garrett was just as lethal.