Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST ICONIC ACTORS WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN

Man of Steel is about to hit the theaters this coming June, seven years after the Superman Returns in 2006. The film , however, is not a sequel but a reboot starring Henry Cavill (he is known for his iconic role as Charles Brandon in the tv series, The Tudors) who will play as Superman/ Clark Kent. The film has a stellar cast to including Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Russel Crowe as Jor-El. Based on the movie trailer and considering the fact that the story was written David Goyer, I have a strong feeling that this film will be very much identical with "The Dark Knight Rises" which is known for its darker theme. Anyway, we've seen the trailer and we know that there will be some major changes to our favorite DC superhero (his outfit in particular). Superman debuted in comics since 1938, had a radio series in 1940s, debuted in film in 1948 and had his first tv series in 1952 and the rest are history.  It's been 65 years since the character was adapted in both Tv and films and the iconic role was already portrayed by numerous actors. Now , allow me to list down five of the most iconic actors who played the role of our mighty hero. ~ Superman. 
TOP FIVE MOST ICONIC ACTORS WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectly which covers actors who played the role of Superman in both Tv and film series. 

TOP 5 MOST ICONIC ACTOR WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
"GEORGE REEVES"
(Adventures of Superman)
Adventures of Superman is the very first television series to feature Superman and George Reeves is the very first actor who conquer the television through his iconic role. Interestingly, they said that George Reeves was initially reluctant to take the role because, like many actors of his time, he considered television unimportant and believed few would see his work. In fact, he received a low pay salary for this project. He debuted his role as a Superman in a short length film entitled Superman and the Mole Man which served as the pilot story for his upcoming Tv series. The series went on the air the following year, and Reeves was amazed at becoming a national celebrity. In 1957, the struggling ABC Network purchased the show for national broadcast, which gave him greater visibility. Reeves interestingly took his role model status seriously, avoiding cigarettes where children could see him and eventually quitting smoking. He kept his private life discreet. 


TOP 4 MOST ICONIC ACTOR WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
"BRANDON ROUTH"
(Superman Returns)
He is the most recent Superman before Henry Cavill took his place. Did you know that before he got the iconic role of Superman, a lot of A list actors were considered for the role including Keanu Reeves, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Harnett, Nicolas Cage and even Henry Cavill. They said that Routh had a very remarkable videotaped audition for the role and the directors were very impressed by his resemblance to the comic book icon. He has a great ressemblance of Christopher Reeves which makes the directors more eager to hire him for the said iconic role. Featuring an unknown actor to take the role of an iconic superhero in the big screen is such a risky decision indeed but the film was highly acclaimed by the critics but unfortunately, it didn't go well with the box office. Nevertheless, Routh gave an impressive performance and gave justice to the role. 

TOP 3 MOST ICONIC ACTOR WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
"TOM WELLING"
(Smallville)
A superman role without his iconic superman suit? Is that even possible? Well, Tom Welling proved it well in his highly acclaimed Tv series. Tom Welling never wore the entire Superman suit in the 10 successful seasons of Smallville except for the finale episodes where he barely showed off the iconic red and blue superhero suit. This is very understandble because we know the fact that Smallville showcased events that occured years before Clark Kent become Superman. For the entire 10 seasons, the series followed this "No thights, flight" policies which makes the viewers more excited to see how his character transformed. It was an impressive approach indeed and I am not surprised why this show was generally embraced by many viewers and managed to set a record for being the longest running comic book-based series in television history 


TOP 2 MOST ICONIC ACTOR WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
"DEAN CAIN"
(Lois & Clark : The New Adventures of Superman)
Sorry for being bias here but for a guy who grew up in 90's I really want to put Dean Cain on top of anyone else. I'm such a big fan of this show and for me, Dean Cain's portrayal is probably the jolliest Superman ever.In 1993, Cain took on his biggest role to date as Superman in the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. At the height of its popularity, it would bring in an average of at least 15 million viewers per episode.  The series however ended with a unsatisfying cliffhanger. Interestingly, Dean Cain also appeared to reprise his role in Smallville. 

THE TOP MOST ICONIC ACTOR WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF SUPERMAN
"CHRISTOPHER REEVE"
(Superman Film Series)
Christopher Reeve is probably the most iconic Superman of all time. He starred in not just one but a series of films featuring him as Superman. So what makes him an ideal Superman? Well, he was 6 feet, 4 inches tall, he was a talented all-around athlete in real life, he got the iconic Superman blue eyes and handsome features. However, apart from the impressive physical features mentioned above, Reeve is quite a slim guy which makes him more distinctive above the rest who portrayed the role. In fact, he never wear fake muscles and undergo a strict diet instead. Unlike the other Superman, Christopher Reeve managed to differentiate his two roles not just by wearing a pair or bulky eyeglasses but he made huge differences between the two. Since then, Superman has become his signature role , making him as a standard for all actors who recently played Superman. 

So is Henry Cavill suitable enough to be included in this list? Well, we're about to find out. 
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