Thanks to the success of Iron Man, we have a plethora of Marvel and DC television shows and films to enjoy. Granted, there was a lot of success on the small screen before Iron Man, but the growth of the MCU and DCEU have only increased the number of successful properties. When you have so many movies and television series out there, you are bound to find some actors and actresses who cross over from one Universe to another. You are probably already aware of folks like Ben Affleck who starred in the Daredevil film and is our latest Dark Knight, or Ryan Reynolds who failed to launch the Green Lantern film franchise but knocked Deadpool out of the park.
While those are great examples of stars who made the jump from one universe to another, they are film actors and we want to focus on television for this list! Fear not, a list of Marvel and DC film crossover actors will pop on the site soon enough! Now is the time to sit on the couch and go through some of the best Marvel and DC television series that have come out. We aren’t limiting this list to live-action either; no, will be paying respect to voice actors as well. Some of these folks have a lot of credits to their name so we might skip a few and list only our favorites.
15. ADRIANNE PALICKI
Adrianne Palicki may be sitting as second-in-command of the Orville these days, but she was once a heavy hitter in the MCU thanks to her role on Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Palicki played Barbara “Bobbi” Morse on the series from 2014-2016 and she was a fan-favorite, which is why she was chosen to leave the series to helm a spin-off called Marvel’s Most Wanted. Unfortunately, ABC did not pick up that series and Bobbi will likely not return.
Over on the DC side of things, she was meant to be Wonder Woman. In another series that wasn’t picked up, Palicki starred as the titular superhero in a pilot for NBC. The pilot episode was panned by pretty much anyone who saw it. She also played Nadia in The WB pilot Aquaman, which wasn’t picked up and she played Kara/Lindsey Harrison in an episode of Smallville.
14. TARA STRONG
Tara Strong has been so ingrained in the world of voice acting, chances are you have heard her voice and not even known it. Outside of Marvel and DC, she has played Timmy Turner on the Fairly OddParents and Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls, as well as dozens of others. She has voiced Irani Rael/Nova Prime for the animated Guardians of the Galaxy series for Marvel, as well as Typhoid Mary on Avengers Assemble.
For DC, Strong has voiced Harlequin and Brainiac on Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Raven on Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, which also included her portrayals of Jayna, Batgirl and many others. For Gotham Girls, she played Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Elizabeth Styles. Frankly, it’s not fair to Ms. Strong to list her achievements here as she has voiced so many Marvel and DC characters; she deserves her own list.
13. CLANCY BROWN
Clancy Brown is well known for his live-action performances as well as his voice acting over the years, but a lot of people remember him fondly as the psychopathic immortal called the Kurgan from Highlander. Lately, he has been throwing on a uniform to portray a military man for one universe or another. For his recent work in the MCU, Brown has portrayed Colonel Schoonover, Frank Castle’s former CO on Daredevil. He also voiced the fire demon Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok.
He has portrayed General Wade Eiling as a recurring character on The Flash, but most DC fans remember his work as Lex Luthor for more than a dozen years in the DCAU with appearances on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League. He has voiced many other characters in both universes to include
12. HAROLD PERRINEAU
Harold Perrineau has been working professionally as an actor since the late ’80s, but most people probably know him best from his time on Oz and Lost. When it comes to his work in comic-inspired media, he has crossed universes to play some pretty important characters. For Marvel, he voiced Blade in Marvel Anime taking over the role from the live action performance of Wesley Snipes.
For DC, Perrineau jumped in front of the camera and played Manny, an angel assigned to watch over the antics of John Constantine in the short-lived NBC series, Constantine based on the Vertigo series Hellblazer. He has also worked on properties published by other companies including Boom! Studios’ 28 Days Later and the Wachowski’s Matrix, both of which began as films prior to being adapted into comic books.
11. DICHEN LACHMAN
Dichen Lachman is an Australian actress who began her career working in the soap opera Neighbours before jumping over to more comic-friendly fare playing Sierra in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Since then, she has continued to expand her acting credits by playing Jiaying, the leader of the Inhumans and mother to Daisy Johnson/Skye/Quake on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Marvel.
Within a year after leaving Marvel, she jumped ship to play Roulette/Veronica Sinclair on Supergirl for DC. She was only on the series for a total of two episodes, but unlike some of Supergirl’s other enemies, she wasn’t killed at the end of her arc, but rather, trapped on Maaldorian. She swore vengeance upon Supergirl and the DEO so she might stroll back on set sometime in the future.
10. WILL FRIEDLE
Will Friedl is a talented voice actor who has been working both behind the microphone and in front of the camera over the course of his professional career, which began in 1988. He currently stars as the voice behind Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s animated Guardians of the Galaxy series, as well as Avengers Assemble and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. He has also played Wade Wilson/Deadpool on Ultimate Spider-Man.
For DC, he is best known for voicing Terry McGinnis/Batman in Batman Beyond but has also played Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern on Justice League Unlimited and several other characters across the DCAU. Recently, he played Kid Flash on Teen Titans Go! and Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Friedle is also the voice behind Nightwing/Dick Grayson in four films for the DCAU.
9. GLENN MORSHOWER
Glenn Morshower is one of those actors whose name you may not know, but you have definitely seen in many, many things. These days, he tends to throw on a military uniform thanks to his gruff exterior and ability to affect a no-nonsense expression. For Marvel, he wore the uniform to play General Jacobs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., though his time on the series was short. John Garrett ripped out one of Jacobs’ ribs and stabbed him to death with it.
For DC, Morshower played Army General Sam Lane on Supergirl. General Lane is the father of both Lois and Lucy Lane so he is more often associated with Superman, but his anti-alien philosophy fits into Supergirl’s premise perfectly so he appeared in four episodes in the first three seasons of the series.
8. MARK HAMILL
Mark Hamill has been a well-known player in the worlds of science fiction and fantasy thanks to his performance as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars back in 1977. Since that time, he has worked in front of the camera but has spent more time behind the microphone lending his unique vocal talents to some memorable characters. For Marvel, he voiced Arnim Zola on Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man. He also voiced the Hobgoblin on Spider-Man in the ’90s.
Hamill’s vocal talents are best known for his portrayal of the Joker throughout the DCAU. He began with Batman The Animated Series in 1991 and has continued with films, television series and video games since that time. He also portrayed James Jesse/The Trickster in the 1991 The Flash as well as a reappearance in The CW’s The Flash in 2015 and 2016.
7. DOMINIC COOPER
Dominick Cooper is an English theater and film actor who is relatively new to comic-inspired film and television. Cooper began his MCU appearances playing Howard Stark on Captain America: The First Avenger, but he was able to continue playing that character on the small screen thanks to Agent Carter.
For DC, Cooper has a much bigger role as the lead in the DC Vertigo series Preacher. Cooper plays Jesse Custer, a preacher who is possessed by a powerful being that gives him the ability to make anyone do anything he tells them, so long as he does it in a really creepy voice. The series is based on the comics of the same name first introduced in 1995 by writer Garth Ennis with pencils by Steve Dillon.
6. PHIL LAMARR
Phil LaMarr is another veteran voice actor who has done work both in front of and behind the camera. He hit it big in 1995 with a role on Mad TV but is probably best known for voicing characters like Hermes Conrad on Futurama or the titular hero on Samurai Jack. For Marvel, LaMarr has voiced a number of characters across their animated series, but we are pointing out his role as Cloak on Ultimate Spider-Man. He has also voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. on a number of series.
For DC, he hasn’t stuck to one character with roles like Lucius Fox for DC Super Hero Girls (Pictured), John Stewart/Green Lantern on Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as well as Cyborg and Gorilla Grodd on DC Super Friends.
5. DAVID O’HARA
David O’Hara is another actor you may recognize, but whose name you might not immediately recall. It’s unfortunate because he is a truly gifted actor who has been working steadily in Hollywood since 1984. Recently, he portrayed Alistair Fitz on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Fitz and the gang were stuck in a virtual universe.
For DC, O’Hara has shown up on Gotham as Reggie Payne, an old friend of Alfred Pennyworth who popped up in Gotham City to see his old buddy. He only appeared in two episodes on the show before he was killed. Outside of the familiar universes, O’Hara has worked in other comic book properties-turned-film. In 2008, he starred as Mr. X on Wanted and 2011’s Cowboys and Aliens, where he played Pat Dolan.
4. CARL LUMBLY
Carl Lumbly is not only a voice actor but a veteran of film, television and stage with performances in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Men of Honor and a recurring role on the hit series Alias. Thus far, he has only worked on one Marvel property having voiced Uncle S’Yan on the Marvel animated series Black Panther.
Lumby has spent much more time working for DC behind the microphone as the voice of J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter on Batman The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He also played M’rtnn J’onzz, J’onn’s father on a recent episode of Supergirl and has voiced Tornado Champion/Tornado Tyrant on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Additionally, he provided the voice for Stalker on Batman Beyond.
3. WILLIAM SADLER
Whenever you put a suit on a man like William Sadler, he looks like a Senator or one of those evil businessmen who are up to something behind the scenes. He has worked in the MCU in film thanks to an appearance as the President of the United States, Matthew Ellis, in Iron Man 3, but he was able to continue playing that character for a three-episode run on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
He has only had one role (so far) for DC by playing the character Simon Stagg on The Flash. Unfortunately, Stagg was killed off in the series and it doesn’t look like he will return, though given that The Flash plays fast and loose with the timeline or whatever Earth/reality they are in, you never know who might return from the dead.
2. JOHN GLOVER
John Glover is one of those actors we all watched in the ’80s and ’90s without really knowing who he was until he popped up on a very successful television show we will get to in a moment. For most of his career, he was cast as the villain, which is not how things went with Marvel. He has only had a cameo appearance as a journalist in an episode of Agent Carter.
When it comes to his work for DC, he is well known as one of Smallville’s principal villain’s, Lionel Luthor. As Luthor, Glover appeared only as a guest in the first season but was brought onto the series for much of its run until he was killed by his son, Lex, in season seven. He ended up making returning appearances thanks to parallel universes, which allowed him to remain for the final season of the series.
1. NEAL MCDONOUGH
Neil McDonough has been working steadily in Hollywood since he played the role of Lieutenant Hawk on Star Trek: First Contact in 1996. Since that time, he has appeared in dozens of television series and films including providing the voice of the Green Arrow on DC Showcase: Green Arrow, but his work for Marvel began with his appearance as Dum Dum Dugan in Captain America: The First Avenger. He continued in this role with appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
He is probably more recognizable in his DC appearances as the villainous Damien Dark on Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. In addition to his work on the small screen, he has lent his voice to video games as Doogan in Captain America: Super Soldier, Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and The Flash as well as Nightwing in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
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