We all love and appreciate the fictional characters created by D.C and Marvel, which is why the pressure is high for Hollywood actors who portray these iconic characters on screen for the world to watch and critique. Here are three actors whose performances will never be forgotten, and who truly captured the authenticity of their character.
Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney. After his parent’s divorce, Christopher’s mother moved him and his brother Benjamin to Princeton, New Jersey, and remarried a few years later. After graduating from high school, Reeve studied at Cornell University while at the same time working as a professional actor. In his final year at Cornell, he was one of two students selected (the other was the late Robin Williams) to study at New York’s famous Juilliard school. Although Christopher is best known for his role as Superman , his acting career spans a much larger ground. Paralyzed after a horse riding accident, he died suddenly at age 52 after several years of living and working with his severe disability.
Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington. At age 10 Adam had a cache of comic books, and “Batman” made a big impression on him. When his mother remarried, she took adam and his younger brother, John, to Seattle. At age 14 Adam attended Lakeside School, then went to Whitman College, where he got a degree in literature and psychology. During his last year of college he also married 17-year-old Billie Lou Yeager. In 1956 he got a divorce and married a beautiful girl, originally from Tahiti, named Ngatokoruaimatauaia Frisbie Dawson (he called her “Nga” for short). They had a daughter, Jonelle, in 1957 and a son, Hunter, in 1958.
In 1959 Adam came to Hollywood. He adopted the stage name “Adam West”, which fit his roles, as he was in some westerns. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo  and Joe DeRita in The Outlaws Is Coming . He has also appeared in the science fiction film, Robinson Crusoe on Mars , opposite Paul Mantee, and achieved continuing success for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film. He has done voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, in both of which he voices fictional versions of himself.
Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a show-girl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile of him. His real father believed to have been either Donald Furcillo, an Italian-American show-man, or Eddie King (Edgar Kirschfeld), born in Latvia and also in show-business. Jack’s mother’s ancestry was Irish, English, as well as German, Scottish, and Welsh.
Nicholson made his first debut in a B-movie titled The Cry Baby Killer . His rise in Hollywood was far from meteoric, and for years, he sustained his career with guest spots in television series and a number of Roger Corman films, including The Little Shop Of Horrors . In 1989, Nicholson starred as the “The Joker” in Tim Burton’s version of Batman. Not only did he nail the role, but his quirky and bizarre performance stole the show, especially in certain scenes that we will never forget. With 12 Academy Award nominations, Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. In 2013, Nicholson co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture with first lady Michelle Obama. This ceremony marked the eighth time he has presented the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Heath Ledger was also one of Hollywood’s best portrayed Jokers in The Dark Knight , and even won an oscar for his raw, career-defining performance. On January 22 2008, Ledger was found dead in apartment in Manhattan. Sadly, he died before he could claim his award, but nevertheless, he was honoured and greatly missed at the ceremony, and will forever be remembered for his brilliant talent. Share with us who you think gave the best performance for these characters.