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History of the Superman Portrayals - Part 2

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 16:32 PM

Alan Kistler concludes his exploration of the men that have played Superman, picking up after Christopher Reeve and going all the way up to Tom Welling in "Smallville."

In 2013, Superman will return to the big screen in "Man of Steel," directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the leading role. Many are discussing how this portrayal of Superman should be done and what version of Kal-El, the last son of Krypton, works for today's audience.

Part 1 of our two-part feature examining Superman's past and the many actors who brought the Man of Tomorrow to life through film, television, animation brought our history lesson up to us up to Christopher Reeve's portrayal. Our second and final part picks up from there and focuses on long-form series rather than direct-to-DVD movies, audio books or audio play adaptations of particular stories to avoid becoming too unwieldy. Also, while "Young Justice" is an ongoing series, it is not featured here because Clark Kent/Superman is portrayed as a recurring character rather than one of the main protagonists.


Come fly with Part 2 of CBR's History of Superman Portrayals.


As Clark's confidence grew, so too did his knowledge of his Kryptonian past and his supposed destiny

This version of Clark/Superman continues his adventures in the "Smallville Season 11" comic by Bryan Q. Miller, available as a digital first series from DC.

Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Superman and next year's "Man of Steel."

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