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Original workAction Comics #1
Films and television
Television series
Animated series
Video game(s) See also: List of Superman video games
Radio program(s)
Original musicIt's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1966)
Theme park attraction(s)

The American comic book character Superman has appeared in many types of media. Since his first comic book appearance in 1938, Superman has appeared in radio, television, movies, and video games each on multiple occasions, and his name, symbol, and image have appeared on products and merchandise.


Among the actors who have played Superman/Superboy (and/or his alter ego, Clark Kent) are:

Portrayed by

Voice only

Radio and audio


Main article: Superman in film

Animated film

Live-action film



Adventures of Superman

Main article: Adventures of Superman (TV series)

The series premiered September 19, 1952 in black & white on the television network Syndication and ended April 28, 1958. George Reeves portrays Clark Kent / Superman with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, John Hamilton as Perry White, and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson.


Main article: Superboy (TV series)

The series premiered October 8, 1988 on the television network Syndication and ended on May 17, 1992. John Haymes Newton, and later Gerard Christopher, portrays Clark Kent / Superboy with Stacy Haiduk as Lana Lang, Jim Calvert as T.J. White, Scott James Wells as Lex Luthor, Stuart Whitman and Salome Jens as Jonathan and Martha Kent.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Main article: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

The series premiered September 12, 1993 on ABC and ended June 14, 1997. Dean Cain stars as Clark Kent / Superman alongside Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.


Main article: Smallville

The series premiered October 16, 2001 on The WB and ended May 13, 2011. Tom Welling stars as Clark Kent and depicts the early days of Superman as Clark, before becoming the Man of Steel.


Main article: Supergirl (TV series)

The series premiered October 26, 2015 on The CW and ended November 9, 2021. Tyler Hoechlin guest stars as Clark Kent / Superman alongside Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane. They later appeared in annual Arrowverse crossovers such as Elseworlds and Crisis on Infinite Earths.


Main article: Krypton (TV series)

The series premiered March 21, 2018 on Syfy and ended August 14, 2019. It primarily focuses on Superman's grandfather.

Superman & Lois

Main article: Superman & Lois

The series premiered February 23, 2021 on The CW. Clark Kent / Superman and Lois Lane are the main characters in television series set in the Arrowverse, with Hoechlin and Tulloch reprising their roles.


Main article: Peacemaker (TV series)

Superman made an appearance in the Peacemaker season finale episode "It's Cow or Never" portrayed by a stand-in.

Untitled Superman series

It was announced by Collider that Michael B. Jordan will be developing, producing and starring as Val-Zod in a limited series for HBO Max.[10][11]

Animated television

DC Animated Universe

Superman is a major character in the DC Animated Universe, under the portrayal of various different actors. Although still a very difficult character to beat, he is portrayed as being considerably weaker than he is in the comics. He also has a specific set of stylized sound effects whenever his powers are used. Additionally, his personality is very similar to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's original comics, the same one used by John Byrne in the reboot of the DC Universe from 1986: somewhat rough and aggressive, although remaining the personification of moral excellence.

My Adventures with Superman

An animated series titled My Adventures with Superman was announced in May 2021, and will feature Jack Quaid and Alice Lee leading the voice cast as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. It is said to follow a modern, relatable Clark Kent alongside a fearless, whip smart Lois Lane who are navigating the small tasks of both becoming adults and trying to save the world.[12][13]The series will premiere in 2023 on HBO Max, as well as on Cartoon Network.

Video games

Main article: List of Superman video games

Theatre and live performances

Literature and printed media


Main article: Superman (comic strip)

Superman was a daily newspaper comic strip which began on January 16, 1939, and a separate Sunday strip was added on November 5, 1939. These strips ran continuously until May 1966. In 1941, the McClure Syndicate had placed the strip in hundreds of newspapers. At its peak, the strip, featuring Superman, was in over 300 daily newspapers and 90 Sunday papers, with a readership of over 20 million.

Attractions and theme park rides

Superman Escape at Warner Bros. Movie World
Superman Escape at Warner Bros. Movie World



Superman depicted as stricken by AIDS, in an awareness campaign
Superman depicted as stricken by AIDS, in an awareness campaign



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