Getting the look of a movie superhero (or villain) is no easy feat. In comic books, artists can draw up herculean proportions that make mere men look like dominant, invincible gods. But when an actor has to do it for real—that takes major work to become those movie superheroes and villains.
After all, if you’re going to pummel bad guys with super powers or scale tall buildings in a single bound, you have to look the part.
Here’s how these Hollywood stars transformed their physiques to play movie superheroes and villains.