Listen: We love Henry Cavill as much as the next woman. But he's not the first, nor will he be the last, hunky guy to don the spandex. There have been quite a few yummy guys to take on the role as the last son of Krypton. Just on TV we've had our fair share of good lookin' men in tights.
Maybe it's due to the respective ages of the SheKnows TV team, but we think Tom Welling's Superman on Smallville is the cutest TV Supes in existence . In essence, Smallville basically follows the story of Superboy. It's Clark Kent during his formative years, growing up in a small town in Kansas with his adoptive, earthling parents raising him to be an upstanding citizen while he attends high school (and beyond) like every other normal human kid. The CW nailed it with Welling as his looks and demeanor really brought home the farmboy, all-American aspect of Superman's beginnings. Also, he was just plain cute.
Speaking of Superboy... Back in the late '80s and early '90s, The Adventures of Superboy graced our televisions. Admittedly, it was about as cheesy as everything else from that era of Comic-related media. But, during its four seasons of following Superboy/Clark Kent/Kal-El around college, the role was played by two different (but equally cute) actors, John Newton and Gerard Christopher. Smallville showed a floundering Clark, one not quite sure about putting on the suit and "supe"-ing up. In Superboy, he knew what needed to be done. He had the real purpose of the Superman in the comics and movies and he did more than just wait around waiting to be super.
Dean Cain spent time playing a rather attractive Superman, too. (At least that's what our moms tell us.) Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman definitely came across as a show made for the wives and girlfriends of comic book nerds. As far as true-to-comic aspects go, Lois and Clark did a better job of showing the Supes John Byrne (the writer of the Superman comics) intended, with Clark Kent as the focus. But, just like the title suggests, the show was often focused on Clark's relationship with Lois Lane than on his actual do-gooding and evil-fighting.
We'd be remiss if we didn't also mention some of the good-lookin' guys who have voiced Superman on the various animated series. Of the many, many men who stepped up to do the part Tim Daly (Private Practice), Mark Harmon (NCIS) and George Newbern were just a few. Sure, you can't see them in the animated series/movies. But, you can hear them. And isn't that just as good sometimes?
One other man played Superman on TV and that was George Reeves in the very first Superman-related television show, Adventures of Superman. Reeves also starred as one of the twins in Gone with the Wind. Reeves played Superman for six seasons, the first two of those were still in black and white. Sadly, George Reeves died about a year after the the last episode of Season 6 aired. The cause of his death was ruled suicide, though many believe that's a mistake. He was quite the hunk of his time, though, and it's a shame he never lived to see what would become of Superman on the small and big screens.
So, maybe in the long run none of those men will ever stack up to Cavill. But, if you want a little more Clark Kent in your life, they're all pretty decent options. And the best part about Superman on TV vs. in movies is that season last a lot longer than your average 2-hour movie length.
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