Movie Serials - Kirk Alyn
|1948||Superman (Kirk Alyn)|
|1950||Atom Man vs. Superman|
George Reevers starred in a long running TV series (started in BW, ended in Colour) in the 1950's, and also starred in a movie serial with the same cast.. Superboy and Superpup were pilots, based on the Reeves Universe, but didn't manifest in series.
|1951||Superman and the Mole Men (Serial)|
|1952-58||Adventures of Superman (TV)|
|1958||Adventures of Superpup (unaired pilot)|
|1961||Adventures of Superboy (unaired pilot)|
Superman Movie Universe #1 (Christopher Reeve Universe)
Superman (1978) showed that superhero movies could be blockbusters, and the special effects evolved to the point to allow for powers to appear realistic within the scope of the story. Superman I and II are excellent movies, though some fans start to ignore Superman III (which added comic legend Richard Pryor and a split-personality Superman) and Superman IV, which was a much more political anti-nuclear weapon movie to support Christopher Reeve's political interests. Supergirl (1984) showed up as a stand-alone movie in the middle of the Reeves run, staring Helen Slater, and was produced by the same group - there was very little overlap and the rumoured walk-on by Reeve didn't develop.
In 2006, the relaunched Superman Returns followed the 1978 model of casting an unknown into the role of Sueprman when Brandon Routh took the lead. Not a very well-received movie, though it did link back to part of Superman II (probably part that fans didn't particularly like at the time) which does put this movie into the earlier Universe.
|1987||Superman IV: Quest for Peace|
Henry Cavill Universe (Current)
As Supreman Returns did not do as well as expected, DC re-booted the Man of Steel in 2013 starring Henry Cavill in the lead role. This is part of the DC Universe modelling the very successful Marvel franchise which launched the Avengers to team up sets of individuals from separate movies. As of this writing, there is a Superman-Batman movie (#2 in the Cavill universe, 1st in the Ben Affleck Batman universe) coming out in the next month or so.
|2013||Man of Steel|
Batman: Dawn of Justice
|1993-97||Lois and Clark The New Adventures of Superman||