I've always been a fan of Superman. Growing up with the name of Robin, I quickly decided which superhero I was going to like. Don't get me wrong, I love Batman, grew up on Batman movies (shameless plug), and even enjoyed the ever so cheesy reruns of the Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward. But every Batman & Robin joke? I've heard it. I've been asked where's Batman so many times I'm pretty sure I'd be rich if I had a nickel for every time it was asked. So yes, I naturally flocked towards Superman more. I love the movies, even if they're super cheesy. I do like to pretend, like some, that Superman Returns doesn't exist, but that doesn't mean I haven't seen it more than once or watch it when it's on TV. I remember reading a book in high school based off the Lois & Clark TV series and loved it. I have no idea what the title of that book was that I read now, but I still loved it.
I love the character personally. I love how Clark is such a dork and honestly kind of pathetic, but he has such a big heart and loves with all of it. He would do anything for the people he loves. And I love how Superman is kind of the same but not in ways. He's no longer the pathetic dork. He's a strong heoric man but still loves with all his heart and would do anything for the people he loves and even people he doesn't know.
But this fanlisting isn't about me and why I love Clark/Superman. This fanlisting isn't about being a fan of him in comic books, as I am not a comic book reader. This fanlisting is about being a fan of him in movies (and maybe some books).
So from George Reeves, to Christopher Reeve, to Brandon Routh, to the new man of steel Henry Cavill, Clark Kent, aka Superman, aka Kal-El, has had a long history in film.
The fictional character Superman, a comic book superhero featured in DC Comics publications, has appeared in various films since his inception. After being introduced to cinemas in first a series of animated cartoon shorts in 1941, and two serials in Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), the first Superman feature film, Superman and the Mole Men, was released in 1951.
Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. The film was produced by Barney Sarecky and directed by Lee Sholem with the original screenplay by Richard Fielding (a pseudonym for Robert Maxwell and Whitney Ellsworth). Shot on a low budget, it served as a trial run for the syndicated TV series Adventures of Superman, for which it became a pilot two-part episode titled "The Unknown People".
Ilya and Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler purchased the Superman film rights in 1974. After numerous scripts, Richard Donner was hired to direct the film, filming Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) simultaneously. Donner had already shot eighty percent of Superman II before it was decided to finish shooting the first film. The Salkinds fired Donner after Superman's release, and commissioned Richard Lester as the director to finish Superman II. Lester also returned for Superman III (1983), and the Salkinds further produced the 1984 spin-off Supergirl before selling the rights to Cannon Films, resulting in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). With over fifteen years of development for a fifth Superman film, Superman Returns, an alternative sequel to Superman and Superman II directed by Bryan Singer, was released in 2006, along with Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Despite the disappointing financial results of Superman Returns, Warner Bros. rebooted the film series, giving it a summer release in June of 2013. Zack Snyder directed the film, titled Man of Steel, with David S. Goyer writing and Christopher Nolan producing.
(Above information from Wikipedia - Superman in film)
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Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman Returns (2006)
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(2016) -- no information available at this time