16 Actors Who Have Portrayed Superman

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16 Actors Who Have Portrayed Superman

Brent Bennett Superman Wedding PartyThe iconic Kryptonian superhero Superman was the collaborative brainchild of teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933, first gracing the pages of DC Comics in 1938. Since that time, every little boy has envisioned himself at some point as the Man of Steel - most likely dressing up as him for Halloween until they were teenagers. Unfortunately, not every little boy can grow up to slip on the red cape and blue tights. To date, only sixteen actors have been lucky enough to get paid to pretend to be Superman, on either the big or small screen throughout Hollywood’s short history. We're going to take a look at all 16 Actors Who have Portrayed Superman and their impact, if any, on the cinematic history of the character.

1939 - Ray Middleton

1939 Superman - Ray MiddletonNotable Facts: First public appearance of Superman Actor Ray Middleton had the privilege of being the first person to ever portray Superman in public during the 1939 World's Fair. Color video of the history-making event actually exists (watch it HERE) and it's amazing to see how the classic Superman outfit (blue tights, red briefs, red cape) translates from the page to the real world for the very first time.

1948 Kirk Alyn

1948 Superman - Kirk AlynNotable Facts: First theatrical appearance of Superman and supporting characters Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson and Lex Luthor. In 1948, former Broadway actor Kirk Alyn was the first to don Superman’s cape in a live-action setting. Columbia Pictures’ Superman theatrical serial became an instant hit and young fans of the superhero were immediately mesmerized. For years prior, their imaginations did all the work based off a weekly radio broadcast starring the voice of Bud Collyer as Superman, but now they could see their idol in action! The Superman serial had  15 episodes long, told Superman's basic origin story, his job as a reporter at the Daily Planet and his friendships with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen; in the final episode, he battled the villainous Spider Lady. In 1950, Alyn would reprise his role in another serial - Atom Man vs. Superman. This time around the villain is Superman's main rival Lex Luthor who, as Atom Man, terrorizes the good citizens of Metropolis with his atom disintegration ray.

1951 - George Reeves

1951 Superman - George ReevesNotable Facts: First non-serial theatrical Superman appearance. First televised appearance. First televised color appearance. First fully-filmed take-off, flight and landing sequence. Arguably, George Reeves was the most popular actor to every portray Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent, in both the feature-length film Superman and the Mole Men and the subsequent TV series Adventures of Superman. Reeves is the only actor to ever play Superman in both a theatrical release AND in a TV series. He would entertain audiences for six seasons, with the first three seasons broadcast in black and white. While the remaining seasons were filmed in color, they wouldn't be broadcast that way until the show was syndicated in 1965.

1961 - Johnny Rockwell

1961 Superboy - Johnny RockwellNotable Facts: First non-comic appearance of Superboy and Lana Lang. Adventures of Superman was canceled in 1958, followed by the passing of George Reeves in 1959, so when ABC decided to reboot the show in 1961, actor Johnny Rockwell was chosen to portray Superboy. The project never made it past an unaired Superboy pilot titled "Rajah's Ransom", even though twelve full scripts were completed for the show . Alas, the general public would never see Rockwell dressed as Superman, but footage from the pilot stills exists (it comes with the 62 DVD collection Smallville: The Complete Series) and a small clip from the show can be found in the documentary Look, Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman.

1966 - Bob Holiday

1966 Superman - Bob HolidayNotable Facts: First singing Superman Some studio executive in Hollywood will always think turning their movie/TV show into a full on Broadway musical is a good idea - and not even Superman is immune to this disease. In 1966, Bob Holiday starred as the singing Superman in the Broadway production titled It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman. Holiday actually "flew" during these performances (with the help of some rather large cranes) as he battled the evil Dr. Abner Sedgwick. Together with Lois Lane and Perry White the cast performed 21 song and dance numbers (yes, there was choreography) over the course of two acts. A couple of the songs ended up with an off-Broadway life, though: "It's Superman" was the opening theme music for Channel 9 News in Washington D.C. until 1982 and "You’ve Got Possibilities" was used in a 2005 commercial for Pillsbury Grand! biscuits.

1975 - David Wilson

1975 Superman - David WilsonNotable Facts: Worst Superman costume ever Even though It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman only had 129 performances and ran for under four months closing in 1966, someone at ABC thought it deserved a chance as a TV musical special - which was a spectacular failure. So in 1975, poor David Wilson won the job (more like lost a bet) of playing the singing Superman. The story, songs and cast were heavily modified and Wilson was given a costume that looked like it came directly from the shelves of a party store. The bad guys were changed from Chinese acrobats to corny mobsters, while the nation just changed the channel. You can watch clips from the show HERE.

1978 - Christopher Reeve

1978 Superman - Christopher ReeveNotable Facts: First full-color, feature-length Superman theatrical release. Significant upgrades in flying SFX. Introduced most classic version of costume. First "evil" Superman. Superman: The Movie was first conceived in 1973 but wouldn’t see a theatrical release until 1978 with Christopher Reeve starring as the titular superhero. Superman I and Superman II were filmed simultaneously at the total cost of $109 million. Superman I proved to be the more popular of the two bringing in $300 million at the box office, while the sequel only brought in $104 million. Over the next few years, Superman III and Superman IV, both starring Reeve and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthorn (who skipped number 3), would come and go in theaters with very little public support - together, both films only grossed $85 million on a $46 million budget. Even with poor box office performances later in the franchise, Christopher Reeve's name would become (and still is) synonymous with Clark Kent and Superman - arguably even more so than George Reeves.

1979 - Tayfun Demir

1979 Superman - Tayfun DemirNotable Facts: Only non-US adaption of Superman Comic books, and the superheroes in them, are popular all over the world, which explains why Turkish director Kunt Tulgar made an unauthorized Superman adaptation titled The Return of Superman, starring Tayfun (pronounced typhoon) Demir in 1979. The film is laughably bad on all counts - SFX, story, characters, props, cinematography, acting, music - with Tayfun's performance being the best of the bunch. A lot of the music used to score the film was taken directly from Superman I, several James Bond films and other action-style movies. They did get Superman's costume correct, though, and even managed to outdo the pitiful attempt David Wilson was forced to wear on TV. The only other foreign representation of Superman is a French print ad showing Superman with AIDS... and we aren't going to count that one.

1988 - James Hayes Newton

1988 Superboy - James Hayes NewtonNotable Facts: First TV series ever produced by Disney/MGM. First in-depth look at Superman's teenage years. First appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk. Only a year after Superman IV: The Quest for Peace entered theaters, producers wanted to once again tap in the the lucrative TV market with a Superman show - enter Superboy starring James Hayes Newton in 1988. Newton would only sport the red cape for the first season due what the producers consider a lackluster performance, combined with his demand for a raise and a DUI arrest. The show debuted during the 50th anniversary of Superman character and ironically, the actual character of Superboy had recently been removed from comic lore in The Man of Steel retcon by comic artist John Byrne. This was the first time the teenage years of Superman were explored. The show followed Clark Kent and Lana Lang as they reported on weird happenings for their college newspaper,  The Shuster Herald (get the reference?).

1989 - Gerard Christopher

1989 Superboy - Gerard ChristopherNotable Facts: First appearance of villains Bizarro, Metallo and Toyman. First exploration of The Death of Superman storyline. The second, third and fourth seasons of Superboy (re-titled The Adventures of Superboy in season three) saw many cast changes - the most notable being Gerard Christopher replacing Newton as Clark Kent/Superboy. The series also started taking on more "mature" storylines as time went on, including having Clark deal with the return of his Kryptonian parents, Jor-El and Lara. The series left the slightly-campy feel of season one behind and started placing Superboy in many perilous situations - becoming darker in tone with each new episode. The producers, planning for a fifth and sixth season, had delved into "The Death of Superman" storyline at the end of the fourth season - even filming the demise of the superhero for the season's finale. However, Warner Bros. placed a lien against the show and the series was canceled. Parts of the final episode were re-shot to tie up the series by revealing that Superboy had faked his death.

1993 - Dean Cain

1993 Superman - Dean CainNotable Facts: First time the love life between Lois Lane and Clark Kent is explored. First series to keep Clark's parents alive. First time Superman's costume is explained. The lien and resulting cancellation of The Adventures of Superboy were actually a plan by Warner Bros. to establish a series of their own called Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993 starring Dean Cain as Clark Kent/Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane. The show proved to be a whopping success with audiences and had a run of 87 episodes over the course of four seasons. The third season proved to be the most popular, drawing in an average of 15 million viewers a week. Unlike previous television series, Lois & Clark (as its name implies) focused heavily on the love interest between Lois Lane and Clark Kent. While Superman showed up in every episode, he wasn't typically the focus of the show, as series creator Deborah Joy LeVine wanted to explore more of Clark's life. To that end, Clark's parents were kept alive (unlike the Silver Age of the Superman) and he visited them frequently to discuss pressing issues. The show also addressed how Superman got his outfit - his mom, Martha Kent, made it for him - awww.

1996 - Tim Daly

1996 Superman - Tim DalyNotable Facts: Limited Superman's powers. Changed villain Brainiac's origin to Krypton. More than two dozen actors have lent their voices to various animated versions of Superman but none were as popular, or prolific, as Tim Daly. Daly was the voice of Superman through 54 episodes of Superman: The Animated Series starting in 1996. The show is widely considered to be the most popular animated version of the superhero, as it was shepherded by DC animation guru, Bruce Timm. Before Daly, Danny Clark provided the voice of Superman for the Hanna-Barbera animated Super Friends series during the '70s and '80s - and of course, Bud Collyer has the distinct honor of being the first voice of Superman on The Adventures of Superman radio show during the '40s. S:TAS had an Art Deco-feel and the time period was purposely vague by producers. Some of the common Superman mythos was also changed in regards to his powers (he could die) and the origins of certain characters were also modified.

2001 - Tom Welling

2001 Superman - Tom WellingNotable Facts: Longest running live-action Superman series. Introduced several live-action versions of popular DC Comics' characters. Only version of Clark Kent not referred to as Superman, doesn't appear in costume. A few years after Lois & Clark ended, writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar produced Smallville for the WB/CW, starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent. The show ran for ten full seasons and initially drew in 8+ million viewers - though those numbers reduced dramatically as time went on, eventually only pulling the attention of 3 million viewers for the series finale. Smallville took a "no flights, no tights" rule per Gough and Millar - audiences can only see Clark fly once and only briefly see him in a cape in the final moments of the series finale. It did, however, introduce many members of the Justice League and brought to life several villains never before seen on TV, such as Darkseid and Doomsday.

2006 - Brandon Routh

2006 Superman - Brandon RouthNotable Facts: Updated the look of Superman's costume. Introduced Superman and Lois Lane's son. Almost twenty years passed since a live-action Superman movie was released in theaters, until Warner Bros. decided to pump over $300 million in Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh. The story involved Superman returning to Earth after a five-year trip to Krypton to see if any of his people survived. Lex Luthor is once again the villain (like the original Superman movies) and he absurdly wants to create new land using crystals stolen from Superman's Fotress of Solitude. The film's "twist" - that Lois and Superman had a child who inherited his father's super genes - brought on more jeers than cheers from audiences. The movie was a disappointment to both critics and fans - many of whom also disliked the sleeker costume hip-hugging style briefs and a much smaller "S" on his chest. He did have the signature curl in his hair, though.

2009 - Matthew Bomer

2009 Superman - Matthew BomerNotable Facts: None - Only used to promote foreign cars Proving that even actors have to eat, a pre-White Collar Matthew Bomer starred in a series of Toyota Prius commercials in 2009. In the short scenes, Bomer can be seen dressed at Clark Kent, then flying around the city using his x-ray vision to investigate the internal workings of a Prius. It's all pretty campy stuff but he's an actor, dressed as Clark Kent, flying as Superman - so we guess it counts...sorta.

2013 - Henry Cavill

2013 Superman - Henry CavillNotable Facts: First modified appearance of classic costume. Replaced Jimmy Olson with Jenny Olson. First shared universe for DC Comics. First Superman film in 3D. Henry Cavill is the latest actor to play Superman in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel but he certainly won’t be the last. After the underwhelming Superman Returns, fans of the character were holding out very little hope that they would ever see a good, modern version of Superman in theaters again. For the most part, Snyder quelled those fears. Man of Steel, with all its super powered, action-goodness, wasn't without its drawbacks though - erratic scene cuts, weak character development and a longer-than-necessary running time, make the film drag in some areas. Most critics and fans agree though, the film is a far better than the previous attempt. DC Comics has been behind Marvel in the shared movie universe and Man of Steel is their first (weak) attempt to fix that situation. A sign attached to satellite high above the earth reads "Wayne Enterprises" and is the only thing tying Superman to Batman. It could have been stronger but at least it was there.

16 Actors Who Have Portrayed Superman

Brent Bennett Superman Wedding PartyWe started off this article saying that every little boy dreams of being Superman and that sentiment rang doubly true for one of our avid readers Brent Bennett (pictured far right). Brent didn't just like Superman, he LIVED Superman. When he married his sweetheart Megan in 2011 he had a Superman-theme cake and all of the groomsmen wore t-shirts with the iconic "S" on it. Like most of us, Brent was really looking forward to June 14th when Man of Steel would fly into theaters - sadly, tragedy wouldn't allow Brent to attend a screening. On February 22nd, 2013, Brent was tragically killed during a car accident in Morristown, TN. Brent's widow, Megan, reached out to simply tell us what a fan Brent was of our site - her story touched and humbled us. We offer our sincerest condolences to Megan and Brent's family and think it's fitting when Superman says "The S means hope”. We dedicate this post to Brent Bennett - he was HER Superman. Fly with me on Twitter - @MoviePaul - and tell me who your favorite Superman actor is.
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  1. First!

    Christopher Reeve – the best ever to portray Superman.
    Henry Cavill – probably second place right now behind Reeve.

    • Raised on George Reeves as Superman. Would get up every Saturday morning as a kid to watch Superman.

    • Reeve, Welling, Cain then Cavill

    • Reeve,
      Welling,
      Cain
      Cavill

  2. Awesome story. I enjoyed seeing the different portrayals of Superman. I would like to offer my sympathies to Megan. My thoughts are with her as she navigates life after her husband’s passing.

  3. I love Superman Returns. I might be in the minority, but I don’t care. ;)

    • p.s.: that World Fair footage was amazing. Interesting how little we’ve changed. Amateur filmers still shoot supershaky footage like that and people still walk into the picture making faces once they notice that someone is filming. :D

    • I loved it too, just mourned that Superman didn’t get to do any real fighting there. But it was a great callback to the original. If only Brandon Routh had a better agent, he would’ve had a career after this and not get stuck into roles like Dylan Dog T.T

    • I love that movie also…so you are not the only one.

    • I enjoyed it – Singer’s franchise had alot of potential. I even read that Brainiac and Metallo were going to be in the planned sequel. Too bad we won’t see it (maybe they’ll appear in Man of Steel 2).

      Thinking back on Superman Returns, it kind of weirds me out that Lois didn’t freak out about Superman potentially being her son’s father despite not remembering sleeping with him.

    • You are not the only one. I didn’t understand the hate directed at that movie. Yeah, I would have preferred to see Tom Welling in the role in a real theatrical movie, but I thought Brandon Routh did a great job with what he had to work with. There is a fan made series of shorts on Youtube based on the Superman Doomsday plotline that was done by editing together bits and pieces from a lot of movies – and the Routh “Superman Returns”. Watching it makes one realize that a better story or snappier direction would have helped “Superman Returns”. The movie was flawed, yes, but Routh was great in the role, and the movie had plenty of excitement and heart. It failed largely in the area of the whole “Lex Luthor and his plans for making more land” subplot – that part of the story was just awful. Otherwise I really liked it.

      What has baffled me in EVERY version of the story is the total lack of chemistry between almost every incarnation of Superman and Lois Lane. Can’t people find two appropriate actors/actresses with decent onscreen chemistry? It was the same in “Superman Returns”; the chemistry between Routh and Kate Bosworth was non-existent. But anyway, despite its flaws, I still find the Routh Superman to be my favorite – just can’t figure out why Lois married Cyclops while Superman was off checking out Krypton! Oh, and after hearing that the PTB had Superman KILL someone in “Man of Steel”, I have NO desire to see it at all. Way to violate a fundamental principle of the character. No desire to see Superman lose the core of who he is, sorry.

  4. Ah, the memories…

    I remember watching the Superboy TV series in my youth. Loved the Lois/Stacy Haiduk character.

    Loved season 1 of Lois and Clark. I especially loved the banter/interplay between Clark and Lois. Lois/Teri Hatcher was another stand out character to me.

    I remember watching some of the George Reeves stuff, but Chris Reeves made the most indelible impression on me. That movie still blows my mind: the music, the heart, the emotion. You will believe that a man can fly.

    Finally, to Man of Steel. Henry Cavill really fills out the suit, more so than anyone else to play the character. He hasn’t replaced Chris Reeves in my mind yet, but he’s getting there. I see the potential.

    • Actually, ScreenRant, how about a timeline of the lovely ladies who played Lois Lane? A significant character, no doubt, right next to Supes.

  5. The movie didnt drag
    That I disagree

    • +1

    • I don’t understand this business about MOS being too long. 78′s Superman: The Movie was almost exactly the same length. The Dark Knight Rises was almost 3 hours long, now there you can b1tch about overlength.

      Does everybody have ADD?

  6. What about George Newbern? Newbern was in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as a part of the DCAU. He was also in some DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

    Also maybe Sam Daly, Tim Daly’s son, since Sam is going to voice Superman in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

    • Agreed, George Newbern should be in the list (along with whoever the first Superman voice actor was). But other than that, GREAT list :)

    • That is what I am talking about. Poor George Newburn overlooked for Bomer doing Prius commercials??? Ridiculous.

  7. The Superman TV show from the 50′s was
    long in syndication by the time I caught up to
    it it was on every day on some obscure channel.

    George Reeve’s was my first Superman, and Clark,
    the man who brought me to the comics, and will
    for ever be the man because of his influence.

    His Clark in particular, who was very much a real man,
    his quiet man with a big secret, was the kind of
    man I wanted to become when I grew up.

    Cavill takes the place now as the
    Superman most like the comics for me.
    And his Clark with some reminders of George.

    Thanks for the great rundown, Paul.
    I was not familiar with a few and
    I will be tracking those down.

    • Yes, I agree.
      I am an early 90′s kid, but I have seen some of George Reeve and his interpretation as a serious and somewhat assertive Clark Kent is the one I liked.
      Of course Christopher Reeves is arguably more iconic and the one I grew up knowing most, but I liked the little bit more serious take of Clark Kent.
      I am glad the animated series had a Superman that was more in line with George Reeve.

      Cavill is the most like the animated series and hopefully his Clark will follow suit.

  8. Being the stickler that I am, I noticed a couple inaccuracies in this article:

    1. Gene Hackman/Lex Luthor was not in Reeve’s Superman III. Instead he was replaced with a boring and forgettable “Lex Luthor-lite” character. But Hackman DID return in Superman IV.

    2. Superman: The Animated wasn’t the first appearance of Darkseid, animated or otherwise. Darkseid was a very prominent character in the ’80s incarnation of the Super Friends cartoon.

    Sorry to be the guy always pointing out mistakes… I did enjoy the article though!

    • @Agent Tom – Right you are about Hackman and III. I’ve noted that changed and I completely forgot about Darkseid and Doomsday in Super Friends. Takes me a while to research these types of posts and yet, I still never fail to miss something. :-/

      Thanks,
      Paul Young

    • It says that Hackman wasn’t in 3. Read it properly.

      • It does now. And you can thank Agent Tom for that. Read the acknowledgment from Paul properly.

  9. I would have included Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland before including Matthew Bomer.

    • Yeah, if going by the criteria of the article, Ben Affleck needs to be mentioned.

      • @Brook & Negacrowbar – We discussed Affleck and he was portraying George Reeves in Hollywoodland, not Superman. The rest of these actors were portraying Superman. That’s why he isn’t on this list.

        Thanks,
        Paul Young

        • But isn’t he portraying George Reeves who is portraying Superman?

  10. Honestly, I think the best one is Cavill, hands down. Just too bad that the movie was just average.

    Never saw Lois & Clark except for maybe a few episodes as background noise while I was younger and thought it was pretty crappy. I only tuned in for the last 5 minutes after that because Unsolved Mysteries aired immediately after.

    Christopher Reeve was ok but his Superman was a product of that era and the character was kinda stuck in the old 50s mindset.

  11. I thought Welling did have the Superman suit in the finale of “Smallville”?

    • I think he couldn’t wear it due to some contractual obligations.

    • @ACW – He held the suit then as he’s flying up the ice tunnel he magically changes into it. Everything is purposely blurred so he just appears as a red/blue fuzzy blip on the screen.

      Paul Young

      • Ah, I see. Thank you for clearing that up, Paul!

      • There is a scene where he flies up to the window
        of Air Force One placeing his face up against Lois’s.

        The suit and cape flowing are in clear view, then
        Tom flies away, CGI version, pausing frontally
        to the camera, giving clear view in full suit.

    • He had part of it under his shirt for the final shot.

    • It says that on the page

    • He was only seen in it in long shots that were prob CGI – I believe there was some contractual arrangement with DC that stipulated that the Smallville version of Clark Kent could not be seen as or called Superman during the run of the show, and IIRC they had to get some kind of waiver to even show the couple of long shots in the finale. I think there was a couple of shots from about diaphragm up of Tom Welling in the “top” with the “S” symbol – one when he was flying and his clothes change to the Supe outfit, and one at the end where he is running across the roof of the Daily Planet and tearing open his shirt to reveal the symbol – just a fraction of a moment, that shot was.

      The extremely brief moments of seeing Clark as, finally, Superman, hugely disappointed many decade long fans of the show, that had been expecting a payoff of seeing Clark’s final emergence as Superman(the whole show had been about Clark growing into “The Man of Steel”, about the process of figuring out his morals and ethics and what he would and would NOT do), occupy more than the last three minutes of the finale. Many “Smallville” fans wrote scathing blog posts about it – they seemed unaware of the contractual limitations even though it was discussed in a number of spots. I was not a fan of the show at the time (though I have since become one), but even so I can understand; you wait a decade and you barely even see guy in the suit….

  12. You forgot Ben Affleck, who played George Reeves in Hollywoodland. He shot a few scenes as Superman.

    • He was playing a character playing Superman. Not quite.

  13. Even though I grew up watching and rewatching Christopher Reeve in Superman 1-4 (I remember seeing Quest For Peace at the Drive-In :)) I’ll always be biased torwards George Reeves because as a young buck I would love jumping on the big leather recliner with my grandfather to watch the re-runs.
    Ahhhh, to be young and carefree again…

    • I have similar stories too, Kevin. Simpler was better.

  14. I strongly disagree with the longer than necessary remark haha, I was SO bummed when it almost seemed like the end was drawing near half way through the movie!

    • I feel the same. So much was packed into this
      I never had the feeling it was too long, there are
      practical considerations for its length, of course, but
      as far as I was concerned it could have been 3 hours.

      • How long was the Avengers??? this movie was SOOO action packed I too was bummed that it was over! it only seemed like an hour and 45 min, For some reason this writer is against MOS DONT WRITE AN ARTICLE IF YOUR BEING FORCED INTO IT, just do an article about something you actually like!!
        Rob Keyes is more of a CBM fan, at least he would have had passion for what he was writing!!!
        Maybe Paul Young is one of them awful critics that had nothing but bad things to say about MOS yet jumped all over whedon’s nads for how great the avengers was!!!
        I LOVED THE AVENGERS but I think this movie blew it away in action, and the superman character was absolutely perfect!
        I really want 2 movie universes an MCU and a DCU but if ppl only like the Marvel way of CBM’s then we will NEVER get a DCU!! DC does not do their movies or characters like Marvel and HOW LAME would it be if they did? Im so glad this movie was a change from the Marvel way I love how they made this character!

        • @(Angry) Iron Man – Um…dude, I completely enjoyed MoS and agree with the rating (4 stars) and review that Kofi wrote. The movie is far from perfect though but that doesn’t mean I hated it. Geez, someone needs to take their calm down pills.

          In case you couldn’t tell, this isn’t a review of the film, it’s a list of all the people who have played Superman. The Avengers had loads of problems as well but I honestly found it to be more entertaining – probably because it wasn’t an origin film. Origin films by their very nature are typically boring for fans of the comic book, because we already know the story. That being said, I put MoS in the top 5 of all origin story movies.

          Don’t believe me? Here’s the tweet from June 11th:

          https://twitter.com/MoviePaul/status/344648919315259392

          With one correction to #5 and #6:

          https://twitter.com/MoviePaul/status/344649298039934978

          But yeah, I’m just on Marvel’s nads. *eyeroll*

          Paul Young

    • Yes. I never once thought the film was too long.
      Maybe some action scenes went longer than maybe necessary, but honestly the action was great that I did not have that feeling.

      I am honestly hotly anticipating a second film already :D

  15. No love for George Newbern?

  16. Great read but I would love to see it updated to include a few others, as other here have noted you could include Ben Affleck. I would also like to see Nicholas Cage get added as even this site had talked about how he almost got the role and provided pictures of him in the costume. I would also really like to see Keith Howard added as he has done a great job portraying the George Reeves version of Superman and has done many events and has a fan following.

  17. RIP Brent.

    MoS isn’t my favorite Super Man movie, but Cavill is my favorite Super Man. I think that he did an incredible job. I’m really looking forward to seeing MoS II.

  18. RIP Brent. Megan, May your Happiness Grow Everyday. :)

  19. once gain veyr biased reporting from this very pro marvel site

    • Um, What?

    • @PBR – Yeah we hate DC. That’s why we dedicated an entire article covering the people who have played Superman – because we hate them so much.

      Paul

  20. I havent seen the new superman so I cant say its a weak film…but FIRST weak link? Green Lantern kicked that off pretty well…Unless it was so bad we are all pretending it didnt exist.

  21. This was a wonderful piece. But I have found one error. Superman has been adapted in foreign countries more than once! Bollywoods version of Superman came out shortly after the first film with Chris Reeves. It is truly a gem among gems

  22. If you would like to see it you can probably find it

  23. If we’re counting cartoons and commercials, why not Patrick Warburton from those Jerry Seinfeld American Express ads?

  24. The last post put me in tears. RIP Brant Bennett!

  25. I love how they’re saying Man of steel got better reviews then Superman returns when in actuality it’s the other way around LOL

  26. You mentioned a (weak) attempt at fixing the DC Universe in terms of catching Marvel, But latest version of superman is absolutely the best version of the superhero that has been put to film by far and I have grown up watching everything related to superman. There is no such thing as a ‘much longer than necessary running time, movies are meant to be long, and the shorter movies these days a just quick rushed products to get movies out on the market and into homes ‘via’ DVD. Life is short, and spending some time to sit back and enjoy a well told story with wonderful graphics is something to be savored and enjoyed as much as possible. Too much negativity is put into movies that don’t ‘meet up’ to expectations, and that is the problem, people go into movies like these with expectations instead of going in with a fresh clear mind and taking in the story as it is told.

    • @SteelRaptor – “DC Comics has been behind Marvel in the shared movie universe and Man of Steel is their first (weak) attempt to fix that situation.”

      I’m referring only to their attempt to create a shared universe. Did you even read the rest of that paragraph?

      “A sign attached to satellite high above the earth reads “Wayne Enterprises” and is the only thing tying Superman to Batman.”

      It’s on the screen for literally 1 second – that’s a pretty weak attempt imo. I was expecting to at least see maybe Green Lantern’s name, or a Air Force hangers with an sign on it regarding an invisible jet, or hell, show me Bruce Wayne’s name on the news.

      Hopefully, they’ll be strong in the future.

      Paul Young

  27. The guy that wrote the last garbage about MOS is a JOKE and I will never read another garbage article from this MARVEL fan-girl EVER!!!

    DC’s first (weak) attempt at a shared movie universe???
    WTF is this clown drinking??
    Im a huge Marvel fan and this movie DID have its flaws but there was MORE ACTION in this one DC movie than ALL of the Marvel films, and the Action was KILLER, no stupid campy jokes, NO lame action, THIS WAS A REAL INDICATION OF WHAT A GOD ON EARTH WOULD BE LIKE! Finally we get to see what damage a real Superman can do!
    I will be very bummed out if this movie fails to bring on a sequel or a DC shared universe but it sounds like this Marvel fan-girl does not want DC to have a shared universe…. what a dork!!

    • Calm down. He’s talking about the set up to a DC universe not the film itself. And I agree with him. A blink and you’ll miss it easter egg of exploding satellite with a logo on it isn’t really a “strong” attempt at a shared universe. How much better would it have been if in post credits it cuts Superman on the news and Michael Cain’s Alfred handing a mysterious silhouette lastest paper featuring the invasion in metropolis?

    • I am rather inclined to agree with you but i think Paul’s talking about the plot and character in general. the action is freaking killer though. awesome stuff there.

      he didn’t mention the few instances where LexCorp stuff appeared too

    • You lost me at “MORE ACTION in this one DC movie than ALL of the Marvel films”. You just discredited your whole post.

    • @(Really Angry) Iron Man – “WTF is this clown drinking??”

      I’m usually drinking craft root beer like Virgil’s, Maine’s or Captain Eli’s.

      Hope that answers your question for you.

      “Im a huge Marvel fan and this movie DID have its flaws” – “but I’m going to ignore that the writer mentioned them and attempt to belittle his opinion which just so happens to math mine and act like I’m the surperior being.” – I fixed your sentence for you.

      Paul Young

  28. Christopher Reeve – The best full-rounded embodiment of the character
    Henry Cavill – The best physical portrayal of the character

    • Christopher Reeve – The best full-rounded embodiment of the character
      Henry Cavill – The best physical portrayal of the character

      I have to agree with that.
      Rough: Best all round imitation of Christopher Reeve as Superman.

      Did anyone notice that when Superman flies for the first time in MOS the sound of the wind is the same sound used on the old black and white series with George Reeves? Nice touch.

    • I still think Welling did a great young Clark, naive and boy scoutish. And physically, big enough to be a farm boy but not yet the SuperMAN he was destined to become.

      I though Christopher Reeve (and Routh) was too skinny, Caville’s physique more suits Superman but he should probably be taller.

      • Cavill is 6’1″, he’s not exactly short

        • @prince:

          Didn’t say Cavill was short, just that he should be taller. Comic lore has Superman at 6’3″ and he should be taller than most men because he’s supposed to be an imposing presence.

          I guess you can put him in heels… heh.

          • So when you were complaining, you meant that he should have been…2 inches taller…? Give me a break.

            • @Spesh:

              I’m not “complaining”, just *commenting*. I think Caville makes a great Superman physically (very muscular as opposed to the leaner Reeve/Routh Supes).

        • I’m 6’7″, to me he’s a runt.

          • A Super-runt.

  29. theres something false in the last one. i remember seeing superman returns in imax 3d, so that would be the first time not man of steel

    • @alex – I don’t recall 2006 being a big time for 3D movies? If it WAS shown in 3D it certainly wasn’t the primary way it was shown – unlike MoS.

      Paul Young

      • I think it was released in 3D only in limited IMAX theaters. 111 of them accross the country, if wikipedia is accurate. However, most of the country only had the option of seeing it in regular 2D.