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Original workAction Comics #1
Films and television
Television series
Animated series
Video game(s)
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, created in 1938, has appeared in many types of media since the 1940s. 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

Canceled Superman live-action films



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

In July 2021, it was reported that Michael B. Jordan is developing, producing and starring as Val-Zod in a limited series for HBO Max.[16][17]

Animated television

DC Animated Universe

Superman appears in various series set in the DC Animated Universe:

My Adventures with Superman

Main article: My Adventures with Superman

Superman appears in My Adventures with Superman, voiced by Jack Quaid, with Kari Wahlgren voicing him as a child.[18] The series follows him alongside a fearless, whip smart Lois Lane who are navigating the small tasks of both becoming adults and trying to save the world.[19][20] The series premiered on July 6, 2023 on Adult Swim, with an encore run following on its Toonami programming block.[21][22][23] Additionally, the versions of Superman from the Fleischer cartoons, DC Animated Universe, and Justice Lords universe make non-speaking cameo appearances in the episode "Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal".

Canceled Superman animated series

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 depicted as stricken by AIDS, in an awareness campaign


Recurring cast

This article is missing information about recurring actors in the Superman franchise. Please expand the article to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page. (March 2023)

Many live-action actors have made appearances across multiple works in the franchise. V indicates a voice-only role.

Actor Serial films
Superman and the Mole Men
The Adventures of Superman
Salkind series
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
DC Animated Universe
Superman Returns
Superman: Doomsday
DC Extended Universe
DC Super Hero Girls
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Kirk Alyn Superman Sam Lane
Noel Neill Lois Lane Ella Lane Alexis Gertrude Vanderworth
George Reeves Superman Superman (likeness)
Phyllis Coates Lois Lane Ella Lane
Jack Larson Jimmy Olsen Lou Lamont Bo the bartender
Marlon Brando Jor-El Jor-El
Christopher Reeve Superman Dr. Virgil Swann Superman (likeness)
Margot Kidder Lois Lane Bridgette Crosby
Marc McClure Jimmy Olsen Dax-Ur Officer Ben Sadowsky
Officer Jerry
Terrence Stamp General Zod Jor-El
Sarah Douglas Ursa MalaV Jinda Kol Rozz
Annette O'Toole Lana Lang Martha Kent
Helen Slater Supergirl Talia al GhulV Lara-El Supergirl (likeness) Eliza Danvers Martha KentV
Jon Cryer Lenny Luthor Lex Luthor
Gilbert Gottfried Nick Knack Mister MxyzptlkV
Sherman Howard Lex Luthor
Warren Eckworth
Derek PowersV
Kevin Conroy BatmanV Batman (Earth-99)
Mark Hamill JokerV
Adam West Jerry Retchen Gray GhostV Batman (likeness)
Dean Cain Superman Dr. Curtis Knox Jeremiah Danvers Johnathan KentV
Teri Hatcher Lois Lane Ella Lane Rhea
Clancy Brown Lex LuthorV General Wade Eiling
Michael Ironside DarkseidV Sam Lane Lewis Snart
Michael Rosenbaum Lex Luthor
Carl Lumbly J'onn J'onzzV M'yrnn J'onzz
Phil Lamarr Jon StewartV Malefic J'onzz
JK Simmons General Wade EilingV Commissioner Gordon
Tom Welling Clark Kent Clark Kent
Erica Durance Lois Lane Lois Lane
Alura Zor-El
James Marsters Brainiac Lex LuthorV
Laura Vandervoort Supergirl Brainiac 8
Amy Adams Jodi Melville Lois Lane
Peyton List Lucy Lane Golden Glider
Lynda Carter Moira Sullivan Asteria Olivia Marsdin
Brandon Routh Superman Ray Palmer
Ezra Miller The Flash
Nicolas Cage Superman SupermanV


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