13 Uncanny Similarities Between Venom And Catwoman
12. The Lead Performances
In the early 2000s, the casting of Halle Berry as the lead in a Catwoman movie was an unprecedented catch. Fresh off of her Academy Award-winning turn in Marc Forster's Monster Ball, Berry was one of the most sought-after actresses in all of Hollywood.
Similarly, when it was announced in early 2017 that Tom Hardy was going to play Venom, it was an unbelievable get. Hardy had and has a reputation as one of the hardest-working leading men in all of Hollywood and was fresh off of being nominated for his first-ever Academy Award for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant.
And in both cases, these wonderful performers wound up absolutely slumming it in these films and delivering some of the worst performances of their careers. Both performances clearly have a lot going on upstairs, but the results are surprisingly flat and more than a bit on-the-nose.
Berry is clearly invested in her work but takes the feline aspect of Catwoman a bit too literally and essentially just acts like a cat for the majority of the film. Hardy, on the other hand, was clearly drawn to Venom for the dual-sided nature of the role and embraces that a bit too blatantly.
In both cases, these great actors ham it up and play to the cheap seats, giving completely schizophrenic and all-over-the-place performances that never add up.