Culturephile: Orange County Natives as Superheroes

This month, Santa Ana native Michael B. Jordan appears in “Black Panther,” the highly anticipated Marvel Comics film based on the character of the same name who first appeared in print in 1966. Best known for his portrayal of a youthful drug dealer with a conscience in HBO’s “The Wire,” Jordan has a lot riding on his performance of the villainous Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther.” That’s partly because as much as fans want a hero to root for, they also crave a worthy bad guy (or gal). Here’s a look at other O.C. actors who have starred in superhero films, for
good or evil.

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

MICHELLE PFEIFFER “Batman Returns,” 1992
Catwoman (Pfeiffer) tries to get her claws into Batman (Michael Keaton) as he battles the Penguin (Danny DeVito) and a corrupt businessman (Christopher Walken).

“As a young girl, I was completely obsessed with Catwoman. When I heard that Tim (Burton) was making the film and Catwoman had already been cast, I was devastated. At the time, it was Annette Bening. Then she became pregnant. The rest is history,” said the Santa Ana native.

Photograph Courtesy of Dreamworks

WILL FERRELL “Megamind,” 2010
In this animated 3-D comedy, supervillain Megamind (voiced by Ferrell) battles with beloved Metro Man (Brad Pitt) and freshly minted nemesis Tighten (Jonah Hill), leading him to assume the unfamiliar
role of superhero.

“Traits that I share with the character? I have a lot of tight leather pants that I keep in a vault. I don’t wear them, but I just keep them there. And there is a part of my body that I cannot go into detail on that is blue,” said the Irvine native.

Photograph courtesy of Warner Brothers

KEVIN COSTNER “Man of Steel,” 2013
Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) struggles to accept his Superman powers and save Earth from archrival Zod; his kindhearted adoptive father (Costner) wants to protect him.

“My part was about the little things that you try to impart (to your children) and that hopefully carry forward, and I think in our lives we know that our kids—we’re not sure they’re ever listening—but it’s only later when you see them resurrect an idea that you put in their heads,” said the Cal

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