Action Heroes You Can Depend On

05 Jul 2018
Bonnie Tyler said it best when she proclaimed that she needed a hero, in her iconic 80s' pop song. Thinking of the greater good and doing a service for us all, we’ve scoured the WB vault in search of action heroes we can depend on.

There are two key components when it comes to action heroes: strength (physical and mental) and a cracking backstory. Serious muscle power combined with a history that makes a character intriguing and relatable makes for an unstoppable hero.

Read on to find out who made our cut...

1. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in Rampage
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Davis Okoye, a retired US Army soldier and now primatologist (someone that studies apes). Davis shares a strong bond with George, an extremely intelligent silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. When a rogue genetic experiment threatens George and a few other animals, Davis, with the help of Dr Kate Caldwell (Naomi Harris), desperately seeks an antidote to save George and the city he is about to destroy. The smart story and impressive CGI help Dwayne to flex not just his impressive muscles, but also his acting talents.

2. Gerard Butler in Geostorm

Gerard Butler in Geostorm
Brought to you by the producer of Independence Day, Geostorm tells the story of a network of satellites designed to control global climate suddenly malfunctioning and threatening the world. The leaders of the world must act fast, so Andy Garcia, playing the president of the USA, sends Jacob Lawson (Gerard Butler) into space to understand what is happening. Max Lawson (Jim Sturgess) and Sarah Wilson (Abbie Cornish) act as his eyes and ears on the ground as they work as a team to solve this mystery.

3. Ben Affleck as Batman

JASON MOMOA as Aquaman, GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman, EZRA MILLER as The Flash and RAY FISHER as Cyborg in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "JUSTICE LEAGUE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

To take on the role of Batman, Ben Affleck undertook a gruelling fitness programme that saw him bulk up big time for the highly anticipated Justice League. Although he is a superhero without actual powers, Batman enlists the help of Wonder Woman to recruit other meta-humans to form a league to face a mutual enemy. What Batman lacks in superpowers he certainly makes up for in cave, gadgets and, well, money!

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword King Arthur Charlie Hunnam
Guy Ritchie put his stylised stamp on the celebrated story of King Arthur and enlisted the help of a slicker than your average ensemble cast. Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) is denied his birth right when his uncle (Jude Law) murders his father, leaving Arthur to grow up in the back alleys of Londinium, not knowing his true identity.

As a series of fateful events bring Arthur to pulling the infamous Excalibur sword from stone, his destiny is foretold and he must fight for his birth right. An unlikely hero who rejects his path at first, this Arthur has a habit of fighting first and asking questions later, but he’s a man of the people and a loveable rogue.

5. Tom Hanks as Sully

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On January 15 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) saved 155 souls by landing a passenger airplane onto the Hudson River. Sure, he might not be the first character to spring to mind when you think of an ‘action hero’, but he is undoubtedly a hero of the highest order.

Hailed by the media as the hero of the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, Sully struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder from the accident and the media attention, as his actions are subjected to severe scrutiny. As an investigation is undertaken, his job and reputation are put on the line.

6. Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend of Tarzan

Alexander Skarsgard Tarzan
An African tribe makes a deal with the mercenary Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) looking for diamonds located in the Congo. The deal is to deliver John Clayton III, aka Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), who is now living in London, married to Jane (Margot Robbie) and attempting to settle into British life. Tarzan must remember where he came from and go back to the jungle that raised him, to defeat the evil Leon and safe all that he holds dear.

7. Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Post-apocalyptic mastermind George Miller returned with his Mad Max franchise, after the first came out in 1979. This time we follow Imperator Furioso (Charlize Theron) who, fleeing through the Wasteland with stolen precious cargo, encounters Mad Max (Tom Hardy). Although reluctant at first, he eventually decides to help Furiosa on her mission, which leads to plenty of action-fuelled stunts and revved up engines. Not all heroes are men, and this film deserved the six Oscars it was awarded.

8. Jason Statham in The Meg

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Based on the New York Times bestselling Meg series by Steve Alten, we follow the story of expert rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham). Oceanographer Dr Minway Zhang (Winston Chao) hires Jonas to save his crew from a pre-historic threat in the form of a shark known as the Megalodon (hence The Meg). We should probably mention though that this shark is 75-foot long... Expect nail-biting, incredible visuals and of course, comedic moments to relieve the tension. Catch the trailer right here, ahead of the film’s release next month.

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