As of 2019, “Gladiator” has achieved Secondhand Superhero status.

Gladiator (2000) - IMDb

Y’all know Gladiator, that awesome flick from 2000 that was mostly ahistorical but still an excellent story.

Well starting in 2013 it became a Secondhand Superhero candidate, and last year it fulfilled the minimum threshold of 4 actors.

Russell Crowe as Maximus (Jor-El)

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Djimon Hounsou as Juba (Korath the Pursuer/Wizard)

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Connie Nielsen as Lucilla (Hippolyta)

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Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus (The Joker)

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There’s one last actor who deserves a shout-out: Spencer Treat Clark, who played young Lucius. He also played Baron Von Strucker’s son on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but I felt like I was reaching with that one.

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Then again, I used Lois & Clark as a qualifier, so maybe that’s ok.

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Author and illustrator of sci-fi and fantasy. Forward to adventure!

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