Actors and actresses are called upon to portray many types of people on stage. Sometimes you are allowed to choose your own monologue for your audition and you want to stand out from your competition. Many other auditions will contain classic monologues like Shakespeare, which in their own right are great and every actor should have a monologue or two from him under their belt. Others will bring in contemporary play monologues. Give yourself some gusto and really stand out with some superhero monologues.
Superhero monologues can be very effective when chosen to be used at the appropriate audition. A superhero is already usually an over-dramatized character which makes them easier to emulate. Score some extra points by putting your own spin on superhero monologues. This list gives you a handful of superhero monologues that are examples of different types you can draw from.
8 Superhero (or Supervillain) Monologues to use at Auditions
Monologue 1: Batman
First up on our list of superhero monologues is one you will not find in the actual film it was written for. Batman Begins was a highly anticipated film and did not disappoint when it came out at the box office. Writer Jonathan Nolan wrote what is considered the best monologue of the entire movie. However, it was not featured in the actual film. Rather, it can be heard in all of its dark and ominous glory in the first teaser trailer. When asked why this incredible monologue did not find a niche in the movie, Nolan explained that it was meant only for the trailer and it would not have worked for the film. Use it for an audition and you will bring that vigilante power to the stage.
Monologue 2: Captain America
Another fan favorite hero, Captain America, brings the next of our superhero monologues. In this quote he stresses the importance of standing up for your beliefs, the truth, and what you know to be right, no matter who opposes you, and no matter what the consequences or odds are. Those are the principles the nation was founded on. Then when the entire world tells you to move, you plant yourself in those beliefs and for the sake of truth, and you tell them, “No, you move.” A very heroic monologue indeed, that can give your audition pride and strength. You can find it in Civil War: The Amazing Spider-man by Michael Straczynski.
Monologue 3: The Joker
No, the Joker is not a superhero, but let’s face it, more often than not the best monologues are delivered by the villain. So our first villain makes it to our superhero monologues list. This monologue is from The Dark Knight which is the second installment of The Dark Knight Trilogy.
In the monologue, Joker is speaking to Harvey about the absence of plan or purpose to his mayhem. He explains why plans really are pathetic and that he likes being the one to show those making the plans how not everything is in their control- no matter how much planning has gone into controlling something. According to the Joker, chaos is fair. This monologue can bring a little bit of dark truth to your performance. Mind provoking and sinister all in one.
I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan”. But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!
Monologue 4: Green Goblin
Villain monologue number two on the superhero monologues list is Green Goblin. In this monologue, Goblin has Spider-man in a compromising situation. Spider-Man is temporarily paralyzed which gives Goblin time to explain his intentions. He tries to relate on some level to Spider-Man. The he tries to plant seeds of doubt in his mind as to his future as a hero since more than likely at some point the public will point their finger at him and hate him too just like they would any villain. Goblin then relates once more and gives an ego boost about them being exceptional individuals in a sea of nothing. Finally, he reaches his point of trying to get Spider-Man to join forces with him so that they could be the ultimate duo who can accomplish any sort of destruction together.
This monologue is appropriate for a male actor any age from eighteen and up. It is very dramatic and manipulative sounding, similar to listening to tales from a snake oil salesman.
You’re an amazing creature, Spiderman, you and I are not so different. Well… to each his own. I chose my path, you chose the path of the hero and they found you amusing for a while, the people of this city.
Monologue 5: Aunt May
Superhero monologues can sometimes make a great impact when given by a secondary character. In this monologue written by Alvin Sargent, Aunt May delivers a somber and heartfelt monologue about the importance of a superhero beyond just fighting crime and becoming a spectacle or public figure.
A superhero has the ability to bring hope. They have the ability to help people find their own strength and keep them honest and noble even to the point they in a way become heroic themselves. A superhero helps others help one another and even though sacrifices within their own lives are often made to do so, superheroes are needed. This monologue can be found in Spider-Man 2 and can give an actor an audition with a warm and contemplative atmosphere.
Monologue 6: Lois Lane
This is a shorter monologue delivered by a secondary character. Lois Lane opens her heart and thoughts to Superman. She stands with him in awe of who he is. At the same time she expresses her feelings relating them to adolescent love that is almost foolish. Especially because of everything she does not know. However, whatever the intentions may be or the future may hold, she is there for him no matter what he needs- a friend or someone to love. Of our superhero monologues, this one gives you a way to show dual emotion. It is both heartfelt and foolhardy because she truly has love for Superman but like a nervous schoolgirl is impulsive in her way of telling him, almost a begging and a longing all in one.
Monologue 7: Catchick
If you are searching for superhero monologues for an audition, there is one other avenue you can peruse. Many people write poems or plays themselves and publish their monologues for others to use if they desire. This Catchick monologue was written by D. M. Larson and is adapted from “Superhero Support Group.” Unlike many superhero monologues, this is comedic in nature and can bring some much needed comic relief to the casting directors which will make your performance memorable. In the monologue, Catchick expresses her growing distaste for being a superhero. She tells of how being catlike negatively impacts her daily life (including hairball issues and wanting to use the beach like a litter box)and how she wants nothing more than a scientific genius to remove her powers so that she can be normal.
I am tired of my catlike mutant powers. You know how annoying it is to be like a cat? Look. I want to be able to go the beach without getting the urge to use the bathroom. I want to go swimming again. I am tired of all those naps. Please doctor. Take me next. [Choking] And I’m tired of all the hairballs! You can have my powers. Please take them from me. I want to be normal.
Monologue 8: Super Hero
There are also monologues that actors can purchase online for a small fee and usually gives you the ability to read a small excerpt as a preview. In this next addition to our superhero monologues list is a dramatic monologue for a teenage male actor aptly named, Super Hero.
It is written by Mark Levine and gives us a monologue through the eyes of an adolescent who has dreams of being a superhero and how his life might change if he was looked at as a good guy. You get the idea he is realizing he is growing up and more mundane things are more important to him now, including his reputation and health. However, there is still that child-like enchantment with superheroes that he still clings to. This monologue is innocent and somewhat a coming of age speech that borders youth and maturity. It is about a minute and a half long allowing an actor to really get into the meat of the theme without overdoing it.
Superhero monologues come in many flavors. You can find sinister villain monologues that can give your performance so much character and create many types of emotional connections with your audience. There are movie monologues delivered by heroes themselves. These usually have a very strong presence on stage since their messages are typically noble. Side characters can bring love and sincerity, or anger and vengeance. There is a superhero monologue out there that can bring whatever sort of flair to your performance that you seek. You can find superhero monologues online or sift through some of your favorite movies. Another way to get a superhero-themed speech is to look for writers who have created their own. These can be just as effective.
Which superheroes do you feel have the tendency to monologue? Are there any films you consider to have incredible monologues that can be used as audition material? What is your all-time favorite monologue and who delivers it? Please leave any suggested monologues you may know that are superhero themed for other actors looking to add the power of a hero to their upcoming audition.