Who Gave the Best Live-Action Performance As Superman?

supermanClark Kent, aka Superman or The Man of Steel, is without a doubt one of the greatest superheroes of all time.  The Last Son of Krypton has taken on the likes of god-like inter-dimensional, supernatural, and extraterrestrial beings.  No superhero has had as many television/movie appearances as Superman. In the section below we’re listing the most pronounced actors to have portrayed Superman.


Portrayed by: Kirk Alyn

Superman (1948)


Portrayed by: George Reeves

Adventures of Superman (1952 – 1958)


Portrayed by: Christopher Reeve

Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1981), Superman III (1983), Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)


Portrayed by: Dean Cain

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993 – 1997)


Portrayed by: Tom Welling

Smallville (2001 – 2011)


Portrayed by: Brandon Routh

Superman Returns (2006)

Man of Steel

Portrayed by: Henry Cavill

DC Extended Universe (2013-present)


Portrayed by: Tyler Hoechlin

Supergirl (2016-present)

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