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Chris Evans vs. Ryan Reynolds: The Comic Book Movie Showdown

GeekZenith.com Feature: Chris Evans vs Ryan Reynolds in the ultimate comic book movie showdown

Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds – the actors who the studio’s seem to consider ‘the go-to guys’ for the comic book flick. The two of them have snapped up a great deal of comic book movie parts that come their way and have potential blockbusters premiering this summer; Chris Evans with Captain America: The First Avenger set to be released on the 22nd of July in the US and the 29th of July in the UK (check out the first full trailer we posted the other day) and Ryan Reynolds with the much anticipated Green Lantern movie, set to be released on the 17th of June in both the US and the UK (check out the Green Lantern trailer we posted back in November here).

With that in mind, we decided to have us a little comic book movie showdown between the two; pitting them head to head in a competition to determine precisely who is the better comic book movie performer.

The Criteria

Each actor will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The number of comic book movies.
  • The quality of these movies.
  • How good was their performance as their portrayed character.
  • How much we are anticipating their future comic book movie roles.

Sound good? Then let’s get started.

Chris Evans

To date, Chris has starred in a total of four comic book based movies which have been released, with two further ones that haven’t.

Those Released:

Those Not Released:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger set to be released this July
  • The Avengers due in 2012

On the face of it, I think you’ll agree it’s a mixed bag. Evans began with a recurring role with the in the average Fantastic Four Marvel Franchise as “The Human Torch” Johnny Storm, then went on to two more independant comic roles with firstly the Jensen character in The Losers and then Lucas Lee in the fantastic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Now, he’s managed to snag the role of arguably one of the most iconic comic book characters in the 20th Century with Captain America and reprising the role in the forthcoming Avengers movie which the Marvel movie universe seems to have been gearing towards for quite some time. No doubt if both movies meet expectations with movie goers and comic book geeks alike, there’ll be more Captain America opportunities in the near future for Evans.

Ryan Reynolds

In contrast, Reynolds has only appeared in two comic books movies to date, with two more yet to be released.

Those Released:

Those Not Yet Released:

  • Greent Lantern set to be released in June
  • Deadpool set to be released in 2014

It’s quite clear from the outset that Evans has Reynolds beat on the number of movies made from the outset, with a supporting role as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity and again in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the not released movies do hold potential to perhaps beat Evans in this regard in the future. Both the Hal Jordan and Deadpool characters are very popular in their respective universes and a decent box office showing could easily set up multiple sequels for each movie, which could easily topple Evans stint as Captain America depending on what direction they intend to go in with both the Captain America individual movie and the Avengers franchise.

The Verdict

So without further ado, it’s time to judge our comic book movie actor’s film career’s by our stringent criteria.

1. The number of comic book movies.

Chris Evans is the clear winner here with a score of 4 movies to 2.

2. The quality of these movies

For Chris Evans, the Fantastic Four movies were average at best. Yes, they had a good cast but I felt that the story was somewhat lacking for this franchise (particularly in the sequel) and the studio seemed to share my concerns, having cancelled the third movie in the trilogy in which the cast had already reportedly signed on for. The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World however, are another story altogether. I felt they were two of the best films in 2010 and by and far better than the Fantastic Four franchise.

For Ryan Reynolds, I liked both Blade: Trinity and X-Men Origins: Wolverine well enough, again I thought they were much better than the Fantastic Four flicks, but still they still weren’t polished enough to even be in the same class as either The Losers or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Chris Evans wins this round too.

3. How good was their performance as their portrayed character.

Sadly, I’m not all that familiar with the comic book version of Hannibal King, but I liked how Reynold’s portrayed him in Blade: Trinity. Some would even argue that he made the movie rise slightly above mediocraty, then again some would not. As Deadpool, ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ Reynolds came across with the cocky, sarcastic character and to put it bluntly, was pretty much the same character as Hannibal King. Reynolds cannot be blamed for his ability portray out spoken characters such as this with skill, but must lose versatility points for this competition.

Whilst the Fantastic Four movies were not the best, I believe Chris Evans’ portrayal of “The Human Torch” Johnny Storm came right out of the comic book. The cocky ladies man and a hero at heart seemed to be right down Evans’ street. Also, his portrayal of Jensen in The Losers was nothing less than perfection, tweaking the cocky character with a little more comedy and a whole lot more geek. If there was character nailed dead-on in that flick, it was Jensen (it certainly wasn’t Aisha that’s for damned sure). Again, I’m not familiar with the Lucas Lee character from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World comic bools, but if the aim for the character was to be an arrogant asshat, then again Evans nailed and just like the Jensen character from The Losers, nailed the comedy aspects of the character too.

This is turning into a rout: this verdict favours Chris Evans.

4. How much we are anticipating their future comic book movie roles.

Green Lantern is a personal favourite of mine and I kinda like the Deadpool character also, so here Reynolds instantly earns major points for anticipation. However, the story arc of Deadpool was written so poorly and diverted from the comic book so much in X-Men Origins: Wolverine it kinda makes me wonder just how much I should be looking forward to it. I know Reynolds played the character well, I just hope the writers for the forthcoming Deadpool flick don’t butcher the character. Also, whilst I’m looking forward to the upcoming Green Lantern movie, the trailer didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would.

In contrast, due to a number pictures that’ve been leaked over the past few months I wasn’t holding out much hope for Captain America: The First Avenger. Then the trailer came along and I shit a brick. I was seriously amazed. I didn’t think it was going to be that good. And as for the Avengers picture, what comic book geek in the world hasn’t been looking forward to this movie? There’ve been calls for it for a very long time and Marvel listened to their fans, got their asses together and decided to shape the Marvel universe and direct it all towards this movie. If on the other hand DC Comics had got their acts together and managed to organise a Justice League movie of the same manner then Reynolds would’ve got my vote for this, but sadly that’s just not the case.

I’m sorry, but that’s the fourth and final nod to Chris Evans.

The Winner: Chris Evans

What do you think? Agree with my verdict? Disagree? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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11 Responses to Chris Evans vs. Ryan Reynolds: The Comic Book Movie Showdown

  1. Robuck says:

    Yeah, I have to agree. The Losers and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World virtually guarentee Evans victory in this.

    Fun article.

  2. Vanessa says:

    No way! Ryan Reynolds has to win this because he’s sooooooooooooo hot! :)

  3. Madame Masque says:

    Totally agree: Ryan Reynolds = hottie!

  4. Jeckyll says:

    I’m not sure – I still think the Green Lantern trailer looks better than Captain America. However, I am looking forward to the Avengers movie.

  5. Skiffleboom says:

    Interesting… Write a follow up article at the end of the summer movie season, after both movies have played wide.

  6. Tina says:

    I am a big fan of both Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds but I agree that Chris should get the most votes because he’s a good actor. they’re both hot though.

  7. Giih says:

    Definitely, Chris Evans!

  8. uklathamok says:

    These guys are one in the same in my opinion. They are so similar in physique(both are buff), and they are both smart ass, funny guys who started their careers in comedy (Van Wilder, Not Another Teen Movie). I used to think Reynolds was one of my favorite actors, he portrayed Hannibal Cain very well. The Wolverine movie was a huge disappointment and the Deadpool character was hardly reflective to the true character in the comic books. I know RR wants to play Deadpool true to form and admits to the previous version being a different take on Deadpool, there is no one I can think of who could play DP any better, except maybe Evans. Evans was good as Johnny Storm/Torch in both FF films, he stood out in a bland franchise. He was also the best part of Losers as Jensen, which was an okay film but he carried it most the way. I did not like Scott Pilgrim, I thought that movie was for 12 year olds but again Chris was great!
    To me, Ryan Reynolds has already peaked and has had a great career in hero and romcom films, ‘Just Friends’ was soooo good. And YES, I am a man. But Chris Evans hasn’t really had his own movie yet, he has always been a strong supporting actor. I have not seen GL or Cap yet but I plan on seeing Cap on Friday and GL can wait until the bluray is released. We shall see how well Evans can run as the star but I think his stock is going waaaay up this year. Evans gets my vote but Reynolds is still a top bill guy too. Good luck to both!

  9. decipleofchrist says:

    both good actors, almost the same. but my vote goes to CE cause of the movie, THE LOSERS. as said by the one before me, he carried that movie and made it worth watching for me.

  10. Danny says:

    Isn’t “Push” based in a comic book too?

  11. Jesusfreak says:

    Now that ive seen both green lantern and captaon america, i definetly think that Chris evans would win, as Cap was awesome and Green Lantern was crap. Others than that, no, Push was not based on a comic book.

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