Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Before DC incorporated the Man of Steel into its cinematic universe, Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh donned the cape and tights and thrilled audiences on the big screen.
Superman Movies + TV Shows
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Nathan Fillion, Rosario Dawson
Director: Sam Liu
Krypton (TV Show, 2018 - )
Synopsis: What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet, "Krypton" follows Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the legendary Man of Steel's grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict -- save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton's leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg finds himself in a difficult position. He must redeem his family's honor and protect the ones he loves while being challenged by familiar DC characters Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).
Starring: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan
Number of Seasons: 2
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
Director: Zack Snyder
Man of Steel (2013)
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Clancy Brown
Director: Sam Liu
Superman Returns (2006)
Critics Consensus: Bryan Singer's reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
Director: Bryan Singer
Smallville (TV Show, 2001 - 2011)
Synopsis: This modern retelling of the Superman mythology as an action series blends realism, adventure and emotion.
Starring: Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum
Number of Seasons: 10
Superman: The Animated Series (TV Show, 1996 - 2000)
Synopsis: The animated adventures of the man from Krypton and his alter-ego, Clark Kent.
Starring: Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown
Number of Seasons: 4
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Show, 1993 - 1997)
Synopsis: A sleek, sexy, Emmy-nominated 1990s take on the enduring superhero, culled from DC Comics, which has spawned numerous successful film and TV versions of him as boy and man. All of which further demonstrated that while Kryptonite can kill the Man of Steel, changing times can't. Here, leads Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher have the looks and the chemistry, and the timeless question (seriously, how can Lois NOT know Clark is Superman?) plays itself out until they find true love.
Number of Seasons: 0
Critics Consensus: The Superman series bottoms out here: the action is boring, the special effects look cheaper, and none of the actors appear interested in where the plot's going.
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Superman III (1983)
Critics Consensus: When not overusing sight gags, slapstick, and Richard Pryor, Superman III resorts to plot points rehashed from the previous Superman flicks.
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn
Director: Richard Lester
Superman II (1981)
Critics Consensus: The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder
Director: Richard Lester, Richard Donner
Critics Consensus: Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.
Starring: Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman
Director: Richard Donner
The Adventures of Superman (TV Show, 1952 - 1958)
Synopsis: The Man of Steel battles `for truth, justice and the American way,' while his alter ego, Clark Kent, works as a reporter for the Daily Planet in this classic series. It premiered in syndication in 1952 after the superhero had already been popularized in comic books, radio and the movies. The series ran until 1957, but the iconic character continued to find work in film, TV (most notably, `Lois & Clark' and `Smallville') and even a campy Broadway musical.
Starring: George Reeves, Jack Larson, John Hamilton
Number of Seasons: 6
Starring: Terry Frost, Stephen Carr, Charles King
Director: Thomas Carr, Spencer Gordon Bennet