Superman has been a world-famous character since his comic book debut in Action Comics #1 in 1938. This guy has it all: laser vision, superpowers, flight powers, big hair, and a full time job. No wonder he’s still a fan favorite decades later. So Superman has had updates on the big screen over the decades, and his famous red shoes have been filled by many actors.
While some actors have missed out on their hero nominees in incredible ways, others haven’t lived up to fans’ expectations. From his black and white days to his later adventures in the DC Expanded Universe, here’s a complete lineup of Superman’s most iconic characters.
1. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Justice League, 2013-2017)
When it comes to playing Superman, Henry Cavill feels like Superman in a costume. His attitude is the perfect blend of humility, kindness and a natural desire to help, balanced by a kind of universal weariness. He’s more ruthless than we’ve ever seen Superman, and delivers ruthless justice when necessary. Cavill’s Superman publicly expresses the government that controls him, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t an ally of humanity.
This Superman also displays a variety of emotions: he is rude and a bit funny beneath his exterior, and his expression often changes to express frustration and doubt. Man of Steel also gives us a voiceover Superman that uses cries and cries of pain in intense action sequences and emotional scenes, making it even more endearing. Cavill is Superman right down to the deepest physical, emotional and mental displays.
2. Christopher Reeve (Superman, Superman II, 1978-1980)
The 1978 Superman movie is arguably the most rewarding version of our hero to date, and Christopher Reeve sold the part well. His approach is gentle, insightful, and undoubtedly useful: using x-ray vision to diagnose lung cancer in Lois Lane, telling us she doesn’t drink on the fly — Reeve’s a great job of showing us human heroes Kareli. Humble and confident when doing heroic deeds. Above all, there seems to be nothing there; His gaze is funny when he openly flirts or flirts with Louise. Clarity and honesty are fundamental to his personality and his gentle sense of humor compliments him perfectly.
3. Tyler Hoechlin (Superman & Lois, 2021)
Alongside Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, Tyler Hoechlin stars as Clark Kent in the hit show Superman & Lois , which follows the popular superhero and Daily Planet reporter as he the based on the Paranoia series with his sons Jonathan and Jordan Smallville returns to the CW’s Arrowverse. Villains, monsters and alien invaders capture Kal-El after years of war that revolted and destroyed Metropolis and is popular in the Mankind comics. journalist. Superman & Lewis is one of the best series on the CW and has been renewed for a third season.
4. Tom Welling (Smallville, 2001-2011)
The best part about Smallville is how long it took to get Clark Kent out, and to this day the series is praised for how it brought Superman back into the 21st century. Tom Welling shows us a younger, more human side of Superman as he learns who he is and how to use his powers; He is modest and somewhat naïve, we sometimes see doubt, confusion, jealousy and anger.
He develops close relationships with his friends, family and Lois Lane as the story progresses, and it’s refreshing to see him surrounded by people who support him. The series finale did a great job of capturing the Hollywood vibe of the original Superman show, and is often considered the most satisfying ending in television history.
5. Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 1993-1997)
While Lois & Clark doesn’t quite live up to Smallville’s credibility, Dean Kane adds some good humor to the character in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman . With his Superman costume, he feels like a sitcom father. His body language, speech, and clothes give him a very unusual tone, and he’s healthy without being too cute.
Cain has the friendliest of all Superman to date, and it’s fun to see how he interacts with people in difficult situations. Her romance with Louis brings her closer, and she has serious moments that contrast nicely with her playful nature. He’s not as mature and worldly as some of the other entries on this list, perhaps seeming less brave than “the boy,” but his youth is still enjoyable.
6. George Reeves (Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958)
A classic of Superman, George Reeves, did a great job of capturing the dark side of the superhero in the adventures of Superman. Films from this era still include the extravagance necessary to convey emotion on stage, and Reeves’ interpretation was very natural. He’s cute, charming, and incredible, but what he lacks in connection with those around him – it’s the Supermans who look more like a “beautiful hero from afar” than a man. He feels distant at times, with the more serious and more work-like demeanor of Clark Kent. Once you open it up a bit, it will be sweet and fun.
The actor died under mysterious circumstances in 1959 from a single bullet. In 2006, a special investigation was launched into Reeves’ death in the fictional Hollywoodland. Ben Affleck plays Reeves in the new classic, so you could say Affleck has been playing Batman and Superman his whole life.
7. Bud Collyer (The New Adventures of Superman, (1966-1970)
Radio character and voice star Bud Collier first played the lovable protagonist in the hit 1940 series, before reprising his role in the series-story The New Adventures of Superman in 1966. Metropolis are evil enemies. Superman/Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Perry White have first appeared in animation since the short Fleischer Superman in the 1940s, and have been a hit for four years.
Collier made the legendary character his own, changing his voice to a distinctive voice for both characters on screen; He spoke as a Clark Kent-like hub and lowered his voice to a baritone commanding when he became Superman to separate the crime-fighting couple.
8. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, 2006)
In terms of action sequences, Brandon Routh is perfect for his character in Superman Returns. Every escape, fight, or fall scene is vivid, intriguing, and in some cases almost dreamlike. He’s impressive and definitely looks like Superman, but his personality sets him apart from the rest in at least a good way.
The problem is trying to make the character of Ruth deeper and deeper. These changes make sense in theory (given the film’s context), but for the most part they look dark and depressing. He’s less deferential than most of the other Supermen, and his attitude of invading Louis’ privacy by ransacking his office and entering his home without his consent leaves much to be desired, but it works well. When it comes to impersonating Clark Kent, Roth seems to be a different person.
9. Kirk Alyn (Superman, 1948-1950)
Most would be disappointed to see the original Superman at the bottom of the list, but just because he ranked here doesn’t mean he did a bad job. Led by the big-screen hero, Kirk Allen must use available technology and follow instructions given by the director; He did his best, and it was great. Eileen’s struggle is her tough, willful, and rigid demeanor. Every move he makes is rigid and determined, making him look more like a puppet than a human being.
His dialogue also feels forced, as his inflections look like they are written. He was so interested in playing Superman so well that his performance suffered. However, he looked great in a suit and had a warm Hollywood voice that was perfect for the role. On top of that, the Air Jump signature launch was really fun!