Superman - Man of Steel - On Screen History

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Superman, the greatest and most recognisable superhero of them all was created by writer Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and artist Joe Shuster (1914-1992). The first incarnation of Superman was as a bald-headed telepathic villain appearing in a fanzine in 1933. It was not successful and by the late 30's Siegel and Shuster re-invented Superman as a superhero from the doomed planet Krypton, his first appearance was in 1938 in Action Comics #1.

Superman received his own comic book series "Superman" in 1939, it celebrated it's 700th issue in 2010, and the Man of Steel also continued to appear in Action Comics and various other comics.

Superman hit the headlines in 1992 when the "The Death of Superman" was announced in Superman vol.2 #75. Seemingly killed by the mindless killing machine Doomsday. Superman was resurrected a few years later.

Superman has also been very popular in movies and on TV. A new movie "Man of Steel" will be out on release in June 2013.

Superman (1941) Max Fleischer
Superman (1941) Max Fleischer

Superman (1941-1942) Fleischer Studios. (1942-1943) Famous Studios. Starring the voices of Bud Collyer as Clark Kent / Superman, Joan Alexander as Lois Lane and Jackson Beck as Perry White.

17 Cartoon Shorts released theatrically. Max Fleischer produced the first 9 shorts. His son Dave directed them.

When Fleischer studios shut down in 1942 it was reformed as Famous studios and the Fleischers were not involved with the final 8 cartoons. The first cartoon short cost $50,000 and the rest about $30,000 each, equivalent to about $900,000 per cartoon in today's money. It was easily the most expensive cartoon series ever made.

IMDB rating 7.2

Superman (1948) poster
Superman (1948) poster
Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill in Superman (1948)
Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill in Superman (1948)

Superman (1948) directed by Spencer Gordon Bennett and Thomas Carr, starring Kirk Alyn as Clark Kent / Superman, Noel Neill as Lois Lane, Tommy Bond as Jimmy Olsen, Carol Forman and George Meeker. 244mins.

A serial in 15 Chapters.

Kirk Alyn (1910-1999) became the first actor to play Superman on screen. Noel Neill (1920-) the first actress to play Lois Lane.

The effect of Superman in flight was achieved with an animated superman figure.

IMDB rating 7.0

Atom Man vs Superman (1950) poster
Atom Man vs Superman (1950) poster
Kirk Alyn in Atom Man vs Superman (1950)
Kirk Alyn in Atom Man vs Superman (1950)

Atom Man vs Superman (1950) directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, starring Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Lyle Talbot as Lex Luthor and Pierre Watkin as Perry White. 252mins.

A serial in 15 Chapters.

Lyle Talbot (1902-1996) wearing a bald cap, became the first actor to play Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor. Pierre Watkin (1887-1960) has appeared in over 300 films and is the first actor to play The Daily Planet editor Perry White.

IMDB rating 7.2

Superman and the Mole Men (1951) poster
Superman and the Mole Men (1951) poster
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

Superman and the Mole Men (1951) directed by Lee Sholem, starring George Reeves as Clark Kent / Superman, Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, Stanley Andrews. 58mins.

Though less than an hour long this was the first Superman movie.

George Reeves (1914-1959) would be the actor most identified as the Man of Steel until Christopher Reeve donned the cape in Superman the Movie (1978).

On June 16,1959 Reeves was found dead in his home in Los Angeles, laying on his bed a gunshot wound to his head. Apparently a suicide. The actor had been suffering from depression and was frustrated at being typecast as Superman and not being able to get other work. There has been much controversy over his death, the gun was found on the floor with no fingerprints on it.

IMDB rating 5.8

George Reeves in The Adventures of Superman (1952)
George Reeves in The Adventures of Superman (1952)
George Reeves with Phyllis Coates in The Adventures of Superman
George Reeves with Phyllis Coates in The Adventures of Superman

The Adventures of Superman (1952-1958) TV series starring George Reeves as Clark Kent / Superman, Noel Neill as Lois Lane, John Hamilton as Perry White, Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen and Robert Shayne.

104 episodes, 30mins each. 6 seasons, the first two seasons in B/W.

Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in season one.

IMDB rating 8.1

Superman the Movie (1978) poster
Superman the Movie (1978) poster
Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in Superman the Movie (1978)
Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in Superman the Movie (1978)
Marlon Brando in Superman the Movie (1978)
Marlon Brando in Superman the Movie (1978)
Gene Hackman in Superman the Movie (1978)
Gene Hackman in Superman the Movie (1978)
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Jackie Cooper in Superman the Movie (1978)
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Jackie Cooper in Superman the Movie (1978)
Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman in Superman the Movie (1978)
Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman in Superman the Movie (1978)
Christopher Reeve as Superman
Christopher Reeve as Superman

Superman the Movie (1978) directed by Richard Donner, starring Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent / Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Ned Beatty as Otis, Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Glenn Ford as Pa Kent, Phyllis Thaxter as Ma Kent, Valerie Perrine as Eve Teschmacher. Susannah York as Lara. Trevor Howard as 1st Elder. Harry Andrews as 2nd Elder. Jeff East as Young Clark Kent, Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen, Jack O'Halloran as Non, Sarah Douglas as Ursa and Terence Stamp as Zod. 143mins (151mins).

Jor-El: So, my son. Speak.
Young Clark Kent: Who am I?
Jor-El: Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you've been raised as a human, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have as yet discovered.

Superman the Movie was originally planned as one huge 3 hour movie beginning with the three supervillains being banished to the Phantom Zone, escaping after Superman knocks a nuclear missile into outer space the explosion somehow freeing them, and the film ending with Superman battling Zod, Ursa and Non in Metropolis.

The producers than decided it would be more profitable if the film was split in two, the first would end with Lex Luthors plan to destroy California by rerouting a nuclear missile into the San Andreas fault. The second movie would be released two years later and have Superman confronting the Kryptonian supervillains.

Marlon Brando was paid $3.7m and a percentage of the box office for his 10 minutes of screen time.

Lex Luthor: We all have our little faults. Mine's in California.
Superman: Is that how a warped brain like yours gets its kicks? By planning the death of innocent people?
Lex Luthor: No, by causing the death of innocent people.

Gene Hackman would reprise the role of Lex Luthor in Superman II (1980) and Superman IV (1987).

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) was a success as Clark Kent / Superman receiving a thumbs up from critics and moviegoers, he would reprise the role in three more movies. In May 1995 Reeve was thrown off his horse whilst riding, he fell head first shattering his spinal cord, the injury paralyzed him from the neck down and he was confined to a wheelchair. In October 2004 he went into cardiac arrest after being given an antibiotic for an infection, Reeve fell into a coma and died, he was 52.

Superman the Movie was a gargantuan production costing a then staggering $55m to produce, the most expensive movie of the 1970s. It went on to gross $300m worldwide.

IMDB rating 7.3

Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in Superman II (1980)
Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in Superman II (1980)
Sarah Douglas, Terence Stamp and Jack O'Halloran in Superman II (1980)
Sarah Douglas, Terence Stamp and Jack O'Halloran in Superman II (1980)
Superman II (1980) poster
Superman II (1980) poster

Superman II (1980) directed by Richard Lester, starring Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Clifton James, E.G. Marshall, Valerie Perrine, Susannah York, Sarah Douglas, Jack O' Halloran and Terence Stamp. 127mins (116mins Donner Cut)

Superman: General, would you care to step outside?
General Zod: Come to me, son of Jor-El, KNEEL before Zod!

Richard Donner had started directing the sequel but was booted off after a dispute with the producers. Richard Lester was called in to reshoot some early scenes and complete the film. Fans of the film were curious to see what Richard Donners version would have looked like, their wish was granted when in 2006 the Richard Donner Cut was released to DVD.

Though roughly edited the Donner Cut was greeted with enthusiasm, incorporating screen tests and containing the same ending (time reversed) as the first movie. An interesting item, worth watching for Marlon Brando reprising his role of Jor-El.

Superman II cost $54m and has grossed $104m in the USA, worldwide box office data unavailable.

IMDB rating 6.7

Christopher Reeve in Superman III (1983)
Christopher Reeve in Superman III (1983)
Christopher Reeve in Superman III (1983)
Christopher Reeve in Superman III (1983)
Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor in Superman III (1983)
Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor in Superman III (1983)
Superman III (1983) poster
Superman III (1983) poster
Robert Vaughn, Annie Ross and Pamela Stephenson in Superman III (1983)
Robert Vaughn, Annie Ross and Pamela Stephenson in Superman III (1983)

Superman III (1983) directed by Richard Lester, starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn, Annette O'Toole as Lana Lang, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper and Marc McClure. 125mins.

Ross Webster: I asked you to kill Superman, and you're telling me you couldn't do that one, simple thing?

When Margot Kidder bad-mouthed the producers for firing Richard Donner on the previous Superman movie she was punished by bringing in another love interest for Superman, his childhood sweetheart Lana Lang, and reducing Lois Lane to just a guest-starring role.

Robert Vaughn as the villain Ross Webster is a variation on Lex Luthor and there was a lot more comedy, especially with unemployed dishwasher Richard Pryor discovering that he's a computer genius! The best bits involve Superman turning bad after being presented with a chunk of home-made Kryptonite by Pryor.

Superman III cost $32m to make and has grossed $60m in the U.S.

IMDB rating 4.8.

Christopher Reeve and Mariel Hemingway i n Superman IV (1987)
Christopher Reeve and Mariel Hemingway i n Superman IV (1987)
Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Mark Pillow in Superman IV (1987)
Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Mark Pillow in Superman IV (1987)
Superman IV (1987) poster
Superman IV (1987) poster
Christopher Reeve and Mark Pillow in Superman IV (1987).
Christopher Reeve and Mark Pillow in Superman IV (1987).

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jon Cryer, Mark Pillow as Nuclear Man, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Sam Wanamaker, Mariel Hemingway and Margot Kidder. 90mins.

Cannon Films, headed by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, took over the Superman franchise. The budget was slashed to $17m, which was less than some comedies released at the time. The film was an almost total disaster, with terrible visual effects and dreadful dialogue. Chopped by more than half an hour to 90mins the plot makes little sense.

The films saving grace was seeing Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent / Superman one last time and Gene Hackman hamming it up as Lex Luthor.

It would be 19 years before another Superman movie was released to cinemas.

Superman IV grossed $15.6m in the U.S.

IMDB rating 3.5

Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997) TV series starring Dean Cain as Clark Kent / Superman, Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, Lane Smith as Perry White, Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen and John Shea as Lex Luthor.

4 Seasons, 87 episodes, 45mins each.

The series focused more on the relationship between Clark and Lois rather than superheroics.

Nominated for 5 Emmy Awards.

IMDB rating 6.8

Erica Durance, Tom Welling and Allison Mack in Smallville
Erica Durance, Tom Welling and Allison Mack in Smallville
Kristin Kreuk and Tom Welling in Smallville
Kristin Kreuk and Tom Welling in Smallville
Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover in Smallville
Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover in Smallville

Smallville (2001-2011) TV series starring Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan, Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor, John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Annette O'Toole as Martha Kent, John Schneider as Jonathan Kent, Erica Durance as Lois Lane and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen (The Green Arrow).

10 Seasons, 218 episodes, 42mins each.

Hugely popular series featuring a young Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

Unusually the series never shows Clark Kent in full Superman costume though it does tease the fans with Clark sometimes wearing red or blue t-shirts. At the start of the series Clark and Lex are the best of friends, before inevitably becoming the worst of enemies.

Smallville has many guest stars who have appeared in other superhero movies and TV shows including Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain, Marc McClure, Annette O' Toole, Helen Slater (Supergirl) and Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman).

The series began with Clark Kent madly in love with Lana Lang and it ended 10 years later with Clark marrying Lois Lane.

Nominated for 7 Emmy Awards, winning 3.

IMDB rating 7.4

Superman Returns (2006) poster
Superman Returns (2006) poster
James Marsden, Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns (2006)
James Marsden, Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns (2006)
Superman Returns (2006) poster
Superman Returns (2006) poster
Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey in Superman Returns (2006)
Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey in Superman Returns (2006)
Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh in Superman Returns (2006)
Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh in Superman Returns (2006)

Superman Returns (2006) directed by Bryan Singer, starring Brandon Routh as Clark Kent / Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella as Perry White, Sam Huntingdon as Jimmy Olsen, Eva Marie-Saint as Martha Kent and Marlon Brando as Jor-El (archive footage). 154mins.

Bryan Singer had directed two successful X-Men movies before taking on the first Superman movie in almost 20 years.

Fans of Smallville were furious when the star of their hit show was not picked to play Superman, director Singer wanted to cast someone more mature to play Superman as a man. Ironically Brandon Routh (1979-) is 2 years younger than Tom Welling (1977-).

Superman Returns is an expensive re-imagining (or re-hash) of Superman the Movie with basically the same plot and lines of dialogue. John Williams majestic main theme is reprised and outtakes of Marlon Brando as Jor-El talking to his son Kal-El from Superman I and II are used in some scenes.

Brandon Routh does a good job as Clark Kent and Superman but unfortunately Kevin Spacey plays Lex Luthor as a shouting bully, the low point of the movie for this writer was when Lex stabs Superman with a shard of green kryptonite and than kicks him in the face. Not good.

The film does get dark and gloomy and with an unnecessary subplot of Lois Lane's son exhibiting super powers. I wonder who the father is?

Superman Returns cost $209m to make and has grossed $391m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.4

Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Superman: Doomsday (2007) poster
Superman: Doomsday (2007) poster

Superman: Doomsday (2007) directed by Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery and Brandon Vietti, starring the voices of Adam Baldwin as Clark Kent / Superman, Anne Heche as Lois Lane, James Marsters as Lex Luthor, Swoosie Kurtz as Martha Kent, Ray Wise as Perry White, Adam Wylie as Jimmy Olsen and John Di Maggio as Toyman. 75mins.

Direct-to-video animated movie.

Based on the DC comics storyline "The Death of Superman". Director, writer, actor Kevin Smith has an animated cameo in the film.

A generous amount of violence resulted in a PG-13 rating.

IMDB rating 6.9

Man of Steel (2013) poster
Man of Steel (2013) poster
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel
Russell Crowe as Jor-El in Man of Steel
Russell Crowe as Jor-El in Man of Steel
Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in Man of Steel
Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in Man of Steel
Michael Shannon as Zod in Man of Steel
Michael Shannon as Zod in Man of Steel

Man of Steel (2013) Directed by Zack Snyder. 143mins.

Henry Cavill - Clark Kent / Kal-El
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Michael Shannon - General Zod
Russell Crowe - Jor-El
Kevin Costner - Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane - Martha Kent
Ayelet Zurer - Lara Lor-Van
Laurence Fishburne - Perry White

Henry Cavill (1983-) is the first British actor to play Superman, his previous films include Stardust (2007), Red Riding Hood (2007), Blood Creek (2009), Immortals (2011) and The Cold Light of Day (2012). Cavill had auditioned for the role of Batman in Batman Begins (2005).

Other actors considered for the role of Superman include - Armie Hammer, Zac Efron, Sam Worthington, Matthew Goode, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh.

Christopher Nolan was approached to direct the film but he wanted to finish his Batman trilogy, Nolan is one of the producers of Man of Steel.

Other directors considered include - Ben Affleck, Tony Scott, Duncan Jones and Darren Aronofsky.

Budgeted at $175m Man of Steel opened with an impressive $125m gross in 3 days at the US box office and $197m worldwide total.

Reviews -

"A humorless tone and relentlessly noisy aesthetics drag down this heavily hyped, brilliantly marketed tentpole attraction." (Variety)

"Zack Snyder’s huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn’t cry out to be done but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it’s hard not to give in." (The Hollywood Reporter)

"It aches for more depth and warmth and humour, but this is spectacular sci-fi, huge, operatic, melodramatic, impressive. It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise." (Empire)

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Man of Steel (2013) poster

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

The Man of Steel photos look intriguing and I am sure it will get lots of fans at the cinema, I think people are ready for a good super hero to rival Christian Bale's Batman.

Great hub Steve. I didn't know that poor George Reeves had killed himself, that's so sad, he was still a young man.

Voted up etc,etc


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

The best article I have read about the Man of Steel, the greatest iconic superhero of all time... The Last Son of Krypton!

Great hub! Great Information!

Respect

Rahul


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Jools, your comment is always appreciated.

I did a Batman hub last weekend so it was only fair to do one on Supes too. :)

I thought this would be an easier hub, 5 or 6 movies but it took ages just like the last one.

Yeah poor George Reeves, did you know Ben Affleck played Reeves in a movie? It was called Hollywoodland, it got good reviews and so did Affleck, worth a look.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Rahul, appreciate the kind words. I'm looking forward to Man of Steel, it could be the one we've been waiting for, or it could be crap. :)


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rabbit75 4 years ago

Great hub about The Man of Steel...such an iconic comic character...I really hope the new one coming out next year is better than Superman Returns. That movie was redundant...we had already seen much of the same stuff in Superman: The Movie with Christopher Reeves. I know fans expected more from Superman Returns and wanted to see something different from Supes.

I really hope we get to see that in The Man of Steel!

As always....full of great facts, loads of pictures, and wonderfully written! Voted up and awesome and shared!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks rabbit75, your comments, votes and kind words are greatly appreciated.

I had high hopes for Superman Returns but it turned out so gloomy. Some scenes were effective and Routh did his best. Lets see how well Henry Cavill carries the role. Christopher Nolan is a producer on the new film so quality control should be high.


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Lamar Johns 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Awesome hub! Just by looking at all the various incarnations The Man of Steel has been through makes me appreciate the character even more. Can't wait to see how The Man of Steel turns out.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Lamar Johns, your comment is much appreciated. Superman has had an interesting cinematic journey with two famous 'Supermen' dying in tragic circumstances. Brandon Routh only getting to play the role once. Tom Welling was the most successful, playing the role the most times (and without the iconic costume) and is still with us today.


Cogerson 4 years ago

Another winning hub Mr. Steve. I have never been much of a Superman fan....give me Spiderman, Batman and John McClane as my favorite superheroes. That being said I enjoyed reading about the pre-Christopher Reeves Superman movies.

I would say my favorite Superman movies would be Superman II, Superman, Superman Returns, Superman 3 and anything other than Superman 4. I am interested in seeing which direction Nolan is going to take Superman next year.....if it is half as good as he did the Batman franchise....it should be pretty impressive....oh wait...you are not a fan of the Nolan Batman movies.

Lots of interesting information in your hub....which I am voting up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hello Bruce, thanks for commenting amigo. Well I've done my two superhero hubs now its back to war movies and historical epics. ;)

I didn't I say I'm not a fan of the Nolan Batman films, I like them a lot, just not as much as the Tim Burton Batman films. I have them on blu-ray. It's Christian Bale I'm not much of a fan of, maybe he'll win me over with his next portrayal of the dark knight.

I wonder if Russell Crowe will get more screen time than Brando playing Jor-El?

The funny thing is that three of the most famous superheroes are currently being played by Brits - Batman, Superman and Spiderman. And an Australian playing Wolverine. :)


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

Just a quick comment for now because today is busy for me. Had a three hour committee meeting this morning and a friend of mine is treating me to a ticket to see Fiddler on the Roof in a couple of hours so I won't read your hub in great detail for now.

My thoughts on Superman in general:

The jury is still out on whether George Reeves committed suicide or was murdered. My mind is open due to the conflicting evidence.

I don't really know anything of Superman prior to George Reeves in terms of actors, although I know about the character. There are some strong connections to the world of Superman in Canada via Margot Kidder and the birthplace of one of the designers of the character.

Sadly, both men who are famous for playing Superrman had tragedy. I remember when Christopher Reeve was injured in that horse riding accident and Entertainment Tonight aired a clip from a fundraising event before the accident with Reeeve walking around. I thought that was heartless. Did they think he wasn't paralyzed for life?

Will comment on pre-Reeeves actors as well as supporting actors, posters etc. tomorrow when I have time to read this thoroughly. My comment now was based on things I already knew.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Flora, thanks for commenting. What are the odds that the two most famous Supermen had nearly similar surnames? I've had a few people ask me if they were related.

Tom Welling is famous too but he mostly portrayed Clark Kent for 10 seasons.

Thanks for posting.


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

Hey, I am back.

I never thought they were related, but I often thought that Christopher choose a stage name to be similar to George's name-but no. That is his actual name.

Yes, Welling is famous too, but as you say, he was not allowed to fly or anything-contract of the Superman franchise stated so.

the most expensive cartoon series made, huh? Silver Screen Classics here in Canada sometimes airs TV cartoons-maybe they will get the rights to air them sometime. I have a feeling if TCM gains the rights to air them in the USA, they won't get the rights in Canada. Sometimes that happens-then we get alternate programming. I could never figure this out until I got the silver Screen Classics channel and saw Laurel and Hardy films etc. that never air on TCM in Canada. That was why.

I will have to look for the 1948 film. I am embarrassed to say I am unfamiliar with the careers of both the leading man and leading lady.

Now Lyle Tabott who played Luther-I have seen some of his films.

I have not seen George's big screen Superman film-I'll have to check it out. Of course, I have seen Gone with the Wind and From Here to eternity (a disaster for him).

As for the 1978 film, the actors I know very well are the the first seven actors listed plus Howard, andrews, and Stamp.

After this, I lose interest I must say in the films.I never watched Lois and Clark. I tried watching Smallville, but never got into it.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub Steve! Thanks for taking me through memory lane. I remember my father taking my brother and I to see Superman I, II and III....

Great pictures as well, I might add.

Voted up

John


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Flora, John, thanks for commenting on my hub of steel, much appreciated.

Flora, I've seen a few episodes of the George Reeves Superman, fascinating but very cheaply made. I don't think I've seen Kirk Alyn as Superman. I'll check youtube the serials should be there.

I only saw a few episodes of Lois & Clark, couldn't get into it. I've watched every episode of Smallville, it was pretty good. Really geared for young people but I enjoyed it.

Yes George Reeves can be spotted right at the beginning of Gone With the Wind chatting to Vivien Leigh.

John, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. The first Superman movie (1978) remains my favourite, the second one was fun too. I loved the three Kryptonian villains, so over the top. But that's how the comics were.

This hub has had a hundred views since yesterday evening, the key word is Superman. :)


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Robwrite 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Hi. I've always loved the 'Man of Steel'. I read my first Superman comic in 1971 or 72. I grew up with the "Super Friends" and the old George Reeves series. (I did a hub about the death of George Reeves.)

Christopher Reeve is still the best of the Superman actors and I think he'll remain the standard which future actors are measured against for a long time. "Superman:the Movie" was the first successful major superhero film and jump-started the genre of comic book adaptations.

I'm curious to see how the new movie will be.

Fun hope. Great photos.

Rob


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Rob, thanks for popping in, aways appreciated.

I forgot about your 'Death of George Reeves' hub I've linked it to my Reeves movie review above. Anyone wanting more info on his mysterious death should check it out.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Henry Cavill compares to previous Supermen.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I always wondered why they didn't have more of Margot Kidder in Superman III! I love reading your hubs Steve, you always teach me something new.

I've been a Superman fan for probably 55 years or more. The new movie looks interesting though reviews are not too great. Now I want to look for "Hollywoodland"!

Voted up, useful, and very interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Mary, your comments are always appreciated.

This old hub has had almost 200 views in the past couple of days, is there a new film out? :)

I just read a review by critic Rex Reed, he really trashes the film. Reed rarely has anything nice to say about any film though he did like Skyfall. He doesn't mention it in his review but Reed had a cameo in Superman the Movie, 35 years ago!

I'm hoping to see Steel Man or whatever its called some time this week.

Thanks for posting!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I want to see it too but will probably wait till it hits HBO ;) Rex Reed is still around? Wow.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

I like the inclusion of Movies, Television and Direct to DVD.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Geekdom, yeah I had to include the serials, TV shows and some of the animation, especially the amazing cartoon shorts of the 1940s. There were more direct to dvd animations I could have included but the hub was already quite long.

Thanks for commenting!


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Taranwanderer 13 months ago

Great! I'll always be partial to Christopher Reeve as the quintessential Superman the Man of Tomorrow. Perhaps because I was so amazed by him when I was a boy - I couldn't believe that Superman was actually on the Big Screen! Rest in peace, Christopher.

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