There is an interesting fact when it comes to Marvel and DC Comics movies. While the battles between fans of the two franchises often rage on fiercely when it comes to what is perceived as right and wrong with the movies, the people making the films don’t share the same animosity. Yes, there are rivalries when it comes to the box office success, but the hatred that exists within the fan bases does not exist behind-the-scenes. This is especially the case with the actors, who will often move from Marvel or DC to the other. It is also true when it comes to romantic relationships between actors working for both comic book franchises.
When it comes to actors hooking up, the relationships often start when they are working on a movie together. With the biggest names in the Marvel and Disney universe working in many different parts of Hollywood, it is often easy for these actors to meet up – and eventually, hook up. Whether they dated while playing the roles of heroes and villains in comic book worlds or at other points of their lives, some of the most prominent actors in the MCU and DCEU world have dated each other.
15. BENICIO DEL TORO AND ALICIA SILVERSTONE
It seems like a bizarre relationship when looking at the fact that The Collector dated Batgirl, but that is a coupling that happened way back in 1996. As a matter of fact, Alicia Silverstone dated Benicio Del Toro when she was promoting Batman & Robin. The two were making a movie together called Excess Baggage when they started dating, and that happened to come out in the same year as the movie that temporarily killed the Batman franchise.
While Silverstone was trying to find her place in Hollywood at that time, Del Toro was a huge star, having just appeared in The Usual Suspects and preparing for his role in the fantastic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas one year later. Now, Del Toro is a Marvel cosmic being, and Silverstone randomly appears in smaller films.
14. ROBIN WRIGHT AND BEN FOSTER
When it comes to Robin Wright and Ben Foster, the relationship was unusual. The 51-year-old Wright, who is the ex-wife of Sean Penn, was engaged to 37-year-old Foster back in 2014 after her marriage to Penn finally ended. The former couple met when they were filming the movie Rampart in 2011, and they grew close over the next few years. However, while Wright said that Foster helped her move on after her “devastating” divorce from Penn, they ended their engagement without marriage in 2015.
Foster is no stranger to superhero movies as he has starred in two different franchises for Marvel. It all started when he took on the role of Spacker Dave in the Thomas Jane version of The Punisher. Two years later, he showed up in X-Men: The Last Stand as Warren Worthington III, The Angel. Of course, Wright starred as Antiope – Wonder Woman’s aunt and personal trainer.
13. BILLY CRUDUP AND JENNIFER CONNELLY
While Billy Crudup didn’t get a lot of screen time in Justice League, he is a significant character in the DCEU as Barry Allen’s father, imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. While he only had a pair of scenes in Justice League, expect him to have a huge role in the upcoming Flash solo movie. As for Jennifer Connelly, she portrayed Betty Ross in Hulk but lost the part to Liv Tyler in the sequel, The Incredible Hulk.
Before Connolly started her relationship with David Dugan in 1996, which resulted in the birth of her son Kai, she was shooting the movie Inventing the Abbots, in which her character had a romantic relationship with Crudup. That carried over into real life, and the two began to date. The celebrity couple stopped dating in 1996, but there was talk that they hit it off again when shooting the movie Waking the Dead in 2000, but those rumors were never confirmed.
12. KARL URBAN AND KATEE SACKHOFF
This is a relationship between two of the most significant geek-friendly actors working today. Of course, Katee Sackhoff has wowed fans with her roles on the small screen in Battlestar Galactica and The Flash, on the big screen in Riddick and even in animated roles on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Robot Chicken. As for Karl Urban, he proved that Judge Dredd could receive an excellent movie adaptation and most recently had a big role in Thor: Ragnarok.
In real life, the geek power couple hooked up, bringing Marvel and DC together in one union. The two have not kept it quiet, and Sackhoff even upped her already significant geek cred when she said that Urban couldn’t go on a Paris trip with her, so she took along one of the action figures in his likeness to take photos with while sightseeing. If that ain’t love, then what is?
11. GWYNETH PALTROW AND BEN AFFLECK
Gwyneth Paltrow remains one of the most engaging actresses in Hollywood. She also has been in prominent relationships with some huge names including the lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin and one of the hottest men alive in Brad Pitt. However, along the way, Paltrow also dated none other than Ben Affleck. She dated Pitt when she was a young 22 after making Seven, and then hooked up with Affleck in 2000 when the two of them starred together in Bounce.
The relationship between the future Batman and Pepper Potts was not meant to be. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Paltrow said that Affleck was not in the right place at the time to have a girlfriend. It sounds familiar, as Alfred has mentioned that Bruce Wayne needs to get out more often while Pepper Potts seemed to find another man not ready to settle down in Tony Stark. It sounds like art imitating life.
10. CHRISTIAN BALE AND SAMANTHA MATHIS
When looking at the history of Batman movies, while there might be some argument over who the best Batman was, there is almost no debate when it comes to the best franchise with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy standing tall as some of the best comic book movies of all-time, pre-MCU. That leaves Christian Bale as one of the most famous and popular superhero actors in Hollywood history. However, before he took on the role of the Caped Crusader, Bale mostly appeared in prestige movies, and one of those was the literary adaptation Little Women.
While staring in the movie Little Women as Laurie in 1994, Bale met Samantha Mathis, who played the adult version of Amy March. The two began to date during that movie and were a couple for just over seven months in that year. Since then, Mathis appeared as Frank Castle’s doomed wife Maria in the Thomas Jane version of The Punisher. Want another connection? While Mathis played an older Amy in Little Women, it was Spider-Man actress Kirsten Dunst who played the younger version.
9. CHRIS PINE AND OLIVIA MUNN
It seemed like Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers would end up staying together long-term. Rodgers had even allegedly shut out his own family to remain close to the former geek girl turned Hollywood superstar. However, the celebrity power couple broke up back in 2016 and Munn moved on to a role in a huge Marvel superhero blockbuster.
Munn went from being a geek cover girl thanks to her role in Attack of the Show to an actual superhero in the X-Men franchise in 2016. Munn starred as Psylocke, a character who was many teenage boys dreams back when she broke out in the ’90s. That makes the actresses choice of character a polar opposite of her former boyfriend Chris Pine’s DCEU role as the straightlaced Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman. Now that Munn and Rodgers are finished, the rumors of a reunion with Pine has heated up.
8. SCARLET JOHANSSON AND JARED LETO
Scarlett Johansson has enjoyed some very high profile relationships in her life, including a marriage to Ryan Reynolds, a two-year courtship with Josh Hartnett and even a small fling with the much-older Sean Penn. However, in 2004, the Black Widow actress dated a man who took on the most polarizing version of Batman’s greatest villain. At the time, Johansson was dating none other than Jared Leto.
The two started dating after her critically acclaimed breakout role in Lost in Translation, and six years later she joined the MCU franchise as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. As for Leto, he had already turned heads in Fight Club and American Psycho and was gearing up for a rock career as well with 30 Seconds to Mars. Then, in 2016, Leto turned Joker into a mafia-style boss in Suicide Squad. As some photos from the Democratic National Convention in 2012 showed, the two remained close friends despite only dating for a short time.
7. CHRIS EVANS AND KATE BOSWORTH
In the MCU, Chris Evans plays the straightlaced and very pure Captain America. It turns out in real life, Evans is very similar to the character he plays in the movies. The man who took on roles in numerous comic book adaptations, before hitting a home run with Steve Rogers, said in an interview this year with Entertainment Weekly that he has never had a bad break-up with an ex-girlfriend. He said that he remains friends with all of them, saying finding someone who loves you is something you should hold onto forever. That is great for him, as he counts names like Jenny Slate (The LEGO Batman Movie), Jessica Biel (Blade: Trinity) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) among his exes.
Evans dated Bosworth after the two met when shooting the 2000 movie The Newcomers. While that was five years before Evans starred in his first comic book movie, Fantastic Four as the Human Torch, it was a full six years before Bosworth appeared in the DC Comics universe as Superman’s former girlfriend, Lois Lane.
6. BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER GARNER
In 2003, Ben Affleck took on his first superhero movie role when he portrayed Daredevil in the Marvel Fox universe. The movie did not do well critically due to a studio-mandated cut but was much better than advertised when it comes to the director’s cut. Not only did Affleck star in the movie as Daredevil, but Jennifer Garner took on the iconic role of Elektra. While this marked the end of Affleck in the Daredevil world, Garner went on to have a terrible spin-off movie for Elektra.
However, the movie brought Affleck and Garner together and the two married and had children. Much like their marriage did not last, Affleck’s tenure with Marvel Comics also ended. Instead, he made the jump to DC and took on the role of Batman. What is most interesting is that Elektra seems like the perfect match for Batman, as well as the perfect chance for that fictional relationship to end with a rocky conclusion as well.
5. RYAN REYNOLDS AND BLAKE LIVELY
While Ryan Reynolds’ mostly infamous relationship came with his marriage to Scarlett Johansson, his marriage to Blake Lively is the one that lasted. The couple met when they appeared together in the DC Comics movie Green Lantern, which was supposed to kickstart the new DCEU. While Reynolds starred as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Lively was his love interest on screen as Carol Ferris. That on-screen relationship translated to an off-screen marriage.
However, Green Lantern was a critical bomb, and the launch of the DCEU stalled until Man of Steel hit theaters. This was a temporary failure for Reynolds, who also tried to take the Blade role of Hannibal King and X-Men role as Deadpool to bigger heights. Luckily, his second shot at Deadpool was a success, and there are hopes that Reynolds will remain a Marvel actor with the new merger of Fox and Disney. Where that leaves Lively in the grand scheme of comic book adaptations is unknown.
4. KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX
When it comes to Katie Holmes and her romantic relationships, the one name that always pops up is her ex-husband Tom Cruise. It almost seems surprising that one of the biggest stars in Hollywood has never appeared in a major comic book adaptation. However, his ex-wife Holmes has, although it only lasted for one movie. Holmes portrayed the adult version of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins, although she was replaced in The Dark Knight by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Luckily for Holmes in her real life, she was able to rebound from her doomed relationship with Cruise and found a new love – a star that was almost as popular as her ex-husband. Holmes started dating none other than comic actor Jamie Foxx. As fans of Marvel movies know, Foxx starred as Elektro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which connected arguably the best comic book franchise of all time with one of the most critically panned.
3. GINA CARANO AND HENRY CAVILL
The most powerful superhero in the DCEU at one time dated one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Fox universe. Henry Cavill, the new Superman in the DCEU dated former MMA fighter Gina Carano, who portrayed Angel Dust in the movie Deadpool. The two began dating in 2012, the year before Cavill took on the role of Superman in Man of Steel and Carano appeared in Fast & Furious 6.
The two dated until 2014 when they ended their relationship. In a funny comment, Carano told Cosmopolitan magazine that she never had anyone following her around trying to get photographs until she “met Superman.” While Cavill has watched his star rise thanks to Batman V Superman and Justice League, Carano is sticking with movies where she can show off her fighting skills, like she did in Deadpool.
2. JOSH BROLIN AND DIANE LANE
Possibly, the evilest creature in the Marvel Universe, and the villain in the upcoming MCU movie Avengers: Infinity War is Thanos. The most celebrated hero in the entire DC Comics Universe is easily Superman. What makes Superman so heroic in the comics is the way his adoptive Earth parents raised him. While the parenting skills of Martha and Jonathan Kent in the movies was less than stellar, he still ended up as a pretty great hero.
In the MCU, Thanos is played by Josh Brolin (who also plays Cable in another Marvel superhero movie with Deadpool 2). In the DCEU, Martha Kent is portrayed by Diane Lane. In real life, Brolin and Lane were married for almost 10 years before divorcing in 2013. As an bonus, Lane was also married at one time to Christopher Lambert, who starred as Methodius in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
1. RYAN REYNOLDS AND SCARLET JOHANSSON
The most newsworthy relationship between an MCU actress and DCEU actor came when Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson got married back in 2008. At the time, Reynolds had appeared in the 2004 Marvel movie Blade: Trinity and then the year after his marriage to Johansson, he starred in another Marvel movie, this one X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In 2010, Johansson joined the MCU as Black Widow in Iron Man 2.
That was also around the time the marriage ended. Johansson and Reynolds divorced one year after she made her MCU debut, ending their marriage in 2011. That same year, Reynolds left the Marvel Universe and starred as Green Lantern as Warner Bros. tried to launch the DCEU. While Reynolds has since returned to Marvel as Deadpool, his marriage to Johansson ended at the time that they both took roles in the rival studio’s movies.
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