Not-so-super actors who are ruining superhero shows

There are a lot of great superhero shows on television these days. But there are also a lot of actors who seem to think their superpower is chewing scenery. That might work for Matter-Eater Lad (Google him), but it's coming pretty close to ruining some otherwise fun shows. Here's a spoiler-filled look at some actors who need to be reminded that with great power comes the great responsibility not to screw things up for everyone.

Arrow: Paul Blackthorne

Let's start right at the top with the biggest offender in superhero television: Paul Blackthorne. Blackthorne (right) plays police captain Quentin Lance, father of both Dinah and Sara Lance, occasional lackey to Damien Darhk, and the character voted most likely to make the audience burst into giggle fits at completely inappropriate moments. That's because Blackthorne hyper-intensely grinds out every line like he's chewing on a rusty nail. Sure, it's entertaining, but "unintentional comedy" is probably not the target Arrow is aiming for. It's what Blackthorne is giving them, though.

Legends of Tomorrow: Wentworth Miller

Look, we all like Wentworth Miller. Prison Break was awesome, whatever. But that was a long time ago, so whatever cred he had built up? Has long since worn off thanks to his preposterously snarky delivery as Leonard Snart, better known as Captain Cold. It's a good thing Legends of Tomorrow is an ensemble with twelve hundred main characters, because every time Miller spits out a "witty" bon mot in his inimitable style, fingers across the country begin instinctively grabbing for the remote to fast forward. Which is too bad, because if he turned it down just a few degrees, his character could actually be cool. See what I did there?

Heroes Reborn: Zachary Levi

Chances are you weren't even aware someone is ruining Heroes Reborn, since you probably don't know anyone who actually watches it. So this is going to come as a major shock, but the culprit here is actually Zachary Levi. Yes, it sounds impossible! But Luke, the emo serial killer Levi plays, is such a cluster of nonsense that even Levi, who is usually excellent, just can't seem to figure out a way to make him anything but annoying and ridiculous. Of course, Luke seemingly exploded in a ball of fire at the end of last season, so it's possible that problem solved itself. If not, though, let's hope that if he ever comes back (and so far NBC hasn't renewed the series), he's mutated again—and turned Levi back into a good actor.

Supergirl: Peter Facinelli

The whole "rich industrialist genius with questionable morals" thing has been played out for a long time in superhero stories—see: Lex Luthor—so it's no wonder that the usually reliable Peter Facinelli's portrayal of Maxwell Lord has been an anchor dragging Supergirl down to the bottom. Imagine Elon Musk, only with the smarm factor cranked up to 11, and you pretty much have Maxwell Lord. You also have a really annoying character that nobody wants to watch. Sorry, Peter, but it loks like you're actually Supergirl's Kryptonite.

The Flash: Candice Patton

The Flash is a really fun show. But it made one pretty big misstep right out of the gate: Candice Patton as Iris West. Part of it was the fact that Iris was both the Flash's step-sister and love interest, because really, that's weird. And not the good kind of weird we all want from superhero shows, the bad kind of weird that makes us need to take a shower. The rest of it, though, is Patton's flat delivery. Not to be a hater, but she's just not that great; is there anyone in the world who has cared at all about her whole "secret mom and brother" subplot? No. No there isn't. The less of her we get going forward, the better.

Agents of SHIELD: Brett Dalton

It's tough bagging on Brett Dalton, because the twist cliffhanger that ended the first half of season three might be the turning point for him and his character Grant Ward. After all, now that he's an undead

monster from another universe, there's finally a good reason for his wooden, spaced out acting style. So it's very possible that he'll stop ruining the show even if he doesn't get any better as an actor. But honestly, you guys, he almost single-handedly put the entire series six feet under in season one. Here's hoping that being murdered agrees with him.

Gotham: Ben McKenzie

It's not that Ben McKenzie is doing a terrible acting job as Gotham's Detective James Gordon. But he often seems like he wandered onto the set from an entirely different TV series. While the show's villains, like Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, gleefully chew up the scenery, McKenzie often comes across like a straight man who isn't in on the joke. It's a drag. Dude needs to lighten up and realize what show he's on while he still has a show to be on.

Daredevil: Elden Henson

Daredevil might be the best superhero show on television these days, even if it technically isn't even on television. So it's a little odd that the hit Netflix series is being brought down by one of its most prominent characters and actors, namely Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson. As Matt Murdock's best friend and business partner, Henson carries a pretty big burden, and so far he doesn't seem quite up to it, with a wonky style that seems to be begging for a pre-recorded laugh track. Only, this isn't a 1980s sitcom, so nobody's laughing. We're just covering our face and watching between our fingers until Henson is off screen again. He is likeable though, so hopefully he'll pull it together. We're rooting for you, buddy!

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