Superman (franchise)

Adaptations of Superman in other media

Actors who have portrayed Superman:
(top) Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve
(bottom) Dean Cain, Tom Welling, and Brandon Routh
Created by Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Original source Comics published by DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #1 (June 30 1938)
Films and television
Film(s) Superman (1948)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Justice League (2017)
Adventures of Superman (1952)
The New Adventures of Superman (1966)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)
Superman (1996)
Smallville (2001)
Supergirl (2015)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s) It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1966)
Audio presentations
Radio show(s) The Adventures of Superman (1940)
DC Comics Super Heroes - Attack of the Elementals (1995)
Video game(s) Superman (1979)
Superman (1988)
Superman: The Man of Steel (2002)

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


Animated film

Live-action film


Live-action television

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.


Mitch Watson revealed that there was a planned Superman/Batman animated series which Clark as a cub reporter coming to Gotham City, where he meets Bruce and beginning his career as Superman.[5]

Video games

Theatre and live performances

Literature and printed media

Attractions and theme park rides

Superman Escape at Warner Bros. Movie World


Music about or that references Superman or the Superman franchise:




Superman peanut butter


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  10. Walt Disney Comic Digest # 23 July 1970 "The Printing Park" for a hilarious example of Goofy as a superhero!
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