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View Poll Results: Who looks the most like Superman?
Kirk Alyn (1940s movie serials) 1 1.18%
George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958) 3 3.53%
Christopher Reeve (Superman movies, 1978-1987) 66 77.65%
John Haymes Newton (Superboy, 1988-1989) 0 0%
Gerard Christopher (Superboy, 1989-1992) 2 2.35%
Dean Cain (Lois and Clark, 1993-1997) 8 9.41%
Tom Welling (Smallville, 2001-Present) 2 2.35%
Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, 2006) 3 3.53%
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Old September 12 2010, 12:17 PM   #16
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Re: Which actor looks the most like Superman to you?

Two words.... Christopher Reeve.

'Nuff said.
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Old September 12 2010, 03:49 PM   #17
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Chris Reeve.
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Old September 12 2010, 04:02 PM   #18
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I will be stunned if Chris Reeve doesn't win this by a landslide.
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Old September 12 2010, 04:16 PM   #19
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None of them. Superman should be huge.
Agreed. I'm not voting until they come up with a real guy who looks like this.
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Old September 12 2010, 04:18 PM   #20
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Top 3: Chris, Brandon, and Dean in that order.
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Old September 12 2010, 04:28 PM   #21
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BTW, who's the guy in the black t-shirt? I kid, I kid....
Just some nut

George Reeves I think could pull off a great "All Star Superman"
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Old September 12 2010, 04:55 PM   #22
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Lots of actors have played Superman, but Christopher Reeve embodied Superman. Looks aside, no one else has ever captured how Superman should behave and carry himself quite so perfectly. He may not have been a perfect fit for the definitive Curt Swan Superman look of that era, but he superseded it and became an influence on how Superman has been depicted ever since (starting with Byrne).

Second place would be George Reeves, who was a very good fit to the stocky, square-jawed Superman of earlier decades.

Welling occasionally looks a bit like Superman -- his face reminds me of Jeff East from Superman: The Movie, which I suspect may have been a factor in his casting -- but in his general bearing and performance and mumbly delivery, he's usually very far from being right for the part. He's been getting better lately, but not by much.

As I've said before, Routh would get my vote for looking (and sounding) the least like Superman. Second-least would be Cain, who's just too soft-featured and high-voiced to resemble Superman that much. Cain also gets my vote for "worst job differentiating his two identities," aside from Welling, who's obviously out of the running in that category. Best job differentiating Clark and Superman is Reeve by a mile.
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Old September 12 2010, 05:27 PM   #23
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I think Tom Welling would nail it with the right haircut.
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Old September 12 2010, 07:44 PM   #24
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Christopher Reeve, obviously. Anyone who says otherwise is mentally ill.
Please, it really depends on what you identify Supes as. For the modern age (80's plus) Supes is portrayed as extremely well built. Chris Reeve while a good looking man, with a nice frame isn't defined to any real degree. He really doesn't look that much like the Superman of his day (body wise)

While going back to the 30-50's Superman had a body shape that Reeve's doesn't even come close to, as its far more bulky (though not heavily defined at all). And George really came very close to that body shape.

So I could never say Chris Reeve really fit the look of Superman for his time.
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Old September 12 2010, 07:47 PM   #25
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George Reeves actually is the closest (though I didn't like the material of the time to fit the body shape of the character of his time frame.

Routh though more defined then any Superman, lacks strong enough lines on his face, to pull that visual element off.

Now Reeves did really hit Clark portrayal of the 70's (I always hated clark of that period, really, really hated him). And if the question was who played the best Clark of his era, Chris Reeves would win my vote hands down.
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Old September 12 2010, 07:50 PM   #26
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The one thing Routh did do better then any other actor was the physicality of the role, but. That is very likely due to the increase ability to mimic a persons actions with the fx environment. So thats more a production issue, probably then an actors.
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Old September 13 2010, 12:51 AM   #27
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I will be stunned if Chris Reeve doesn't win this by a landslide.
Looks like he's on his way to doing just that, Greg. Reeve is definitely my choice, although I do picture George Reeves when I think of a "Golden Age" (or Earth-2) Superman.

Sometimes I think Tom Welling could be a decent looking Superman, but he'd have to cut his hair, IMO. Superman should not ever have hair over his ears.

For my money, Dean Cain looks the least like Superman. Superman should always have that all-American look to him, and Cain always looked too Hawaiian for me to buy him as the Man of Steel (Liked his Clark a lot, though!)
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Old September 13 2010, 12:52 AM   #28
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The correct answer is Jon Hamm...


Superman (2012)

Honestly, I get much more of a Bruce Wayne vibe from him. When he was in his tux at the Emmys I thought he was a spitting image!
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Old September 13 2010, 01:07 AM   #29
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For my money, Dean Cain looks the least like Superman. Superman should always have that all-American look to him, and Cain always looked too Hawaiian for me to buy him as the Man of Steel (Liked his Clark a lot, though!)
Dean Cain was born in Michigan and grew up in Malibu. His birth father was a half-Japanese man who served in the US Army. Otherwise, his ancestry is primarily Welsh, with some Irish and French Canadian thrown in.

I didn't even find out Dean Cain was part-Japanese until after Lois & Clark ended, so I never noticed any ethnic distinction. I just didn't think he looked or sounded that much like Superman. Of course, the people who cast him were more interested in Clark than Superman; their original idea was never to show Superman at all but focus solely on Clark, Lois, and the Planet. That's why Cain beat out Kevin Sorbo for the role. Sorbo definitely would've had the look for Superman if he'd dyed his hair black, but Cain made a better Clark.
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Old September 13 2010, 01:25 AM   #30
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Of all the actors who've played Clark Kent/Superman in live-action, who looks the most like the character to you? Please note that I'm not talking about acting here, I'm just talking about who best fits your mental image of the character.

Everybody but the guy in the T shirt, who, ironically is sandwiched between the best Superman on his right, and the worst on his left.
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