POLL: Why Are So Many American Superheroes Played By Non-American?

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It seems all the American superhero roles are going to foreigners.  American's are not winning the roles of some of the greatest superheroes, based on American comics.

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
It's Batman!
Thor Teaser Poster
Hugh Jackman Picture

From left to right, Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Christian Bale as Batman, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Here's a brief list of non-American's playing superheroes:

  • British raised Andrew Garfield - Spider-Man in the new Spider-Man Reboot
  • Australian Chris Hemsworth - Thor in Thor and the upcoming The Avengers
  • English actor Christian Bale - Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming Dark Knight Rises
  • Australian Hugh Jackman - Wolverine in the X-Men series
  • Australian Eric Bana - Bruce Banner/Hulk in Ang Lee's Hulk
  • Scot James McAvoy - Charles Xavier in X-Men First Class
  • Australian Sam Worthington - Terminator: Salvation and Clash of the Titans
  • Canadian Ryan Reynolds - Hal Jordon/The Green Lantern in The Green Lantern

The latest import to win a superhero role is Henry Cavill, a British actor, best known for portraying Charles Brandon on The Tudors.

So, are there any superheroes played by American's anymore? 

One commentator on Ain't It Cool News is not happy with the latest British casting saying, “This casting is fundamentally anti-American. It's disgusting casting to the highest degree, and I will never ever see a movie with a Brit as Superman.”

Ok - so that might be a little bit of a strong and exaggerated reaction, but many people are responding similarly, saying they don't think it's right that foreigners are playing, what they see as, fundamentally American roles.

On the other hand, casting director Bonnie Gillespie of Cricket Feet asks in an interview with E! News, "Does it have to be that someone has to be American to play an American hero?"

What do you think?  Join in and have your say!


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