These days, getting cast as a comic book character is like making partner: it's the way for an actor to know that they've truly arrived in Hollywood. Over the years, an army of performers have taken on innumerable comic book roles -- heroes and villains alike. Some actors have become absolute icons for their pitch perfect performances, while others have been lambasted for their downright terrible takes on legendary characters.

However, there's another category that we seldom address: actors whose comic book performances don't get enough credit. We've compiled a list of the eight most underrated comic book movie performances of all time. From Marvel to DC, these actors took on beloved characters, and gave uniformly commendable performances, even if they haven't received the praise that they truly deserve. Take a look at our entries and let us know what you think the most underrated comic book movie performance of all time is. Now let's get started with one of the best DC villain portrayals in recent memory...

Kevin Spacey - Lex Luthor (Superman Returns)

Bryan Singer's Superman Returns has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, as more and more people have come to respect its status as a love letter to the Richard Donner era of Superman films. However, the one aspect of the film that has always deserved credit is Kevin Spacey's take on Kal-El's chrome-domed arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. Spacey absolutely owns every single one of his scenes as Luthor, and while he clearly has a ton of fun chewing the scenery as the iconic DC villain, he does it with far more reverence for the source material than Jesse Eisenberg's recent take. He's primarily remembered for the meme-worthy screaming of the word "WRONG!" but there's so much more to his performance than that.

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