Full list of Man of Steel movies

(Pocket-lint) – It’s been over 80 years since Superman first made his debut on the pages of DC comics in 1938.

Simply 10 years after that, the Man of Metal hit the large display by way of Superman serials that aired in theatres. Within the time since then, we’ve had eight completely different actors strive on the crimson and blue tights, and we’re including extra to that checklist the entire time. Lately, Tyler Hoechin performed Clark Kent within the CW’s new present Superman and Lois. We’re additionally set to get our ultimate have a look at Henry Cavill’s model of the character when the Snyder reduce of Justice League releases on HBO Max on 18 March 2021.

Additionally: DC films so as: DC Prolonged Universe timeline

We’ve also learned {that a} new Superman reboot is within the early stage of improvement, with Ta-Nehesi Coates penning the script for a Black Superman. It will reportedly be a wholly new character, not only a black-version of Clark Kent’s superman. So, with all of this contemporary Man of Metal content material, we thought now could be time to spherical up each look of Superman so as.

We’ll begin with the outdated post-WWII serials and proceed as much as Disaster on Infinite Earths. Sadly, as a result of Superman has been rebooted and re-cast a number of occasions over, there is not a singular chronological order to observe. So, we have gone the traditional route: The discharge date order, aside from just a few titles. We’ve additionally included an inventory with a lot of his animated appearances on the backside.

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Each Superman film and present so as

NOTE: There could also be spoilers beneath. Skip to the underside of this information for those who want to see a bulleted model you possibly can skim as a substitute.

Right here is each live-action Superman film, serial, and TV present so as…

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The Superman Serials (1948 and 1950)

The primary live-action look of the Man of Metal will be traced again to serials that premiered in theatres in 1948 and 1950. The 2 serials every have 15 chapters and stars Kirk Alyn as Superman and Noel Nielle as Lois Lane. Spencer Gordon Bennett served because the director for each sequence, although he shared co-directing duties with Thomas Carrin the primary Superman Serial. 

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Superman and The Mole Males

Superman and the Mole Males (1951) and The Adventures of Superman (1952 to 1958 – TV present) 

The primary official superhero film that includes DC characters sees George Reeves star because the Man of Metal. Superman, as his alter ego Clark Kent, together with Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates), go examine the world’s deepest oil nicely solely to find a race of humanoid creatures have emerged from the underground. The movie, directed by Lee Sholem, was meant to drum up curiosity for The Adventures of Superman, a TV present that premiered the next 12 months and ran for six seasons. It additionally starred George Reeves. 

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Superman (1978)

Superman began the superhero film style.

On this traditional movie, we see Superman’s origin story: His father Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends him from the dying world of Krypton to Earth, the place his distinctive molecular construction provides him superpowers. He’s raised by the Kents till he learns the reality about the place he comes from and has to face off in opposition to Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), who plans to sink the US west coast with a nuclear weapon.

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Superman II

Superman II (1980)

A hydrogen bomb is shipped into area by Superman and inadvertently releases three Kryptonian warfare criminals led by Normal Zod (Terence Stamp). Granted the identical powers as Superman, the three Kryptonians got down to conquer Earth. In the meantime, Superman rids himself of his powers so he could reside a standard life with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).

Richard Donner directed Superman I and this sequel, Superman II.

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Superman III

Superman III (1983)

Superman III marks a precipitous fall in high quality from the primary two Superman movies, maybe as a result of a brand new director, Richard Lester, was introduced on board. His rendition sees Christopher Reeves return as Clark Kent and head again to his hometown of Smallville, Kansas. In the meantime, the CEO of Webscoe, Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn), hires a talented-but-klutzy pc programmer (Richard Pryor) to assist him destroy his rivals and hopefully kill Superman.

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Supergirl

Supergirl (1984)

Supergirl is the forgotten spinoff from the Christopher Reeves’ Superman movies. It was a field workplace and demanding disappointment, nevertheless it does give a glimpse at the way forward for interconnected universes in superhero movies. Supergirl follows Kara Zor-El, a Kryptonian refugee. She lives in Argo Metropolis and by accident loses a tool that powers the complete metropolis. She follows all of it the best way to Earth to get it again.

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Superman IV

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

The ultimate Christopher Reeves’ Superman movie sees the Man of Metal tackle a nuclear arms race. When Superman broadcasts that he intends to destroy each nuclear weapon, the nations of Earth agree too and start to shoot the weapons into area.

Superman intends to gather the weapons in area and throw them into the Solar. Nonetheless, Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), attaches a strand of Superman’s hair to one of many nukes, and when it’s thrown into the solar, it creates one other super-powered being, Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow), who equals Superman’s energy. Sydney J Furie directed The Quest for Peace.

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Superboy (1988 to 1992 – TV present)

Superboy is a TV present that ran for 4 seasons starting in 1988.

It was produced by Ilya and Alexander Salkind, who produced the primary three Christopher Reeves Superman movies in addition to Supergirl. The present stars John Haymes Newton as a younger model of Clark Kent/Superman attending faculty. The sequence additionally options Stacy Haiduk as Superman’s love curiosity Lana Lang and Scott James Wells as Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor.

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Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993 to 1997 – TV present)

Lois and Clark was a shock hit TV present within the mid-90s, with Dean Cain starring as Clark Kent and Terri Hatcher starring as Lois Lane. The sequence opens with Kent taking a brand new job on the Day by day Bugle within the metropolis of Metropolis, the place he meets Lois and falls in love. Whereas the present is extra targeted on the love curiosity between its two major characters, it nonetheless has loads of motion in addition to new and traditional Superman villains taking up Lois and Clark all through the present’s four-season run. 

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Smallville (2001 to 2011 – TV present)

Smallville units out to reply the query of what highschool was like for Superman.

It stars Tom Welling because the excessive school-aged model of Clark Kent dwelling in Smallville. It’s the longest=working Superman live-action sequence with 10 seasons. After all, the Superman origin story was retconned a little bit for the present, with Lex Luthor, performed by Michael Rosenbaum, attending Smallville Excessive with Clark. It options different Superman villains, too, like Darkseid, Normal Zod, and Brainiac. 

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Superman Returns

Superman Returns (2006)

A false begin at resetting The Superman Universe, this movie is a sequel to the primary two Christopher Reeves’ Superman movies. Nevertheless it ignores the occasions of the third and fourth movies. It’s the hardest movie to put in our timeline as a result of it’s alleged to be set 5 years after Superman II, which befell in 1982, nevertheless it ignores all that and by some means takes place in “modern-day” 2006.

Brandon Routh stars as Clark Kent/Superman, who returns to Earth after a five-year absence to search out his archnemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) plotting to kill him and destroy the US to create his personal continent that he can rule. Superman additionally has to cope with issues in his love life, as Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on from him throughout his absence from Earth.

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Man of Metal

Man of Metal (2013)

The movie that kicked off the official DC Prolonged Universe sees Henry Cavill tackle the mantle of Superman. The star-studded origin story casts Russel Crowe as Superman’s delivery father, Jor-el, and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane because the Kents who undertake him.

Clark, who blames himself following his adopted father’s demise, travels the world to cover his true id and powers. Ultimately, Clark should settle for his id as Superman with a purpose to save the planet from evil Kryptonians led by Normal Zod (Michael Shannon).

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Supergirl (2015 to Current – TV present)

Supergirl is a part of the CW channel’s Arrowverse, which incorporates different DC Universe-inspired reveals like Arrow, Batwoman, and the brand new Lois and Superman sequence. Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who was despatched to Earth from Krypton as a 13-year-old together with her toddler cousin. Her spacecraft will get knocked off beam and takes a detour by way of the phantom zone on its method to Earth.

That detour finally ends up seeing Kara soar 24 years into the long run, the place she finds that her toddler cousin is now Superman. 

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Batman V Superman: Daybreak of Justice

Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman reveals how two of essentially the most recognizable superheroes find yourself hating one another.

Ben Affleck’s Batman views Cavill’s Superman as an unstoppable alien power that’s too nice a threat to go away unattended. In the meantime, Superman views Batman’s model of vigilante justice as simply one other instance of crime working rampant. Whereas they every work to outmaneuver the opposite, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenburg) is behind the scenes making a weapon highly effective sufficient to beat them each.

Zack Snyder directed Daybreak of Justice.

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Justice League

Justice League (2017)

Batman (Ben Affleck) and Marvel Lady (Gal Gadot) are outgunned and nonetheless reeling from the demise of Superman (Henry Cavill) in Batman v Superman, so Justice League sees the traditional superhero staff unite to tackle Steppenwolf, a villain who’s out to terraform Earth into an uninhabitable planet like his own residence.

There’s a brand new four-hour “Snyder Minimize” model of Justice League heading to HBO Max in September 2021. It’s being put collectively by authentic director Zac Snyder, who was compelled to go away manufacturing as a consequence of a household tragedy.

Joss Whedon completed the unique theatrical model of the movie.

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Disaster on Infinite Earths (2020 – TV occasion)

Disaster on Infinite Earths is a crossover occasion – that takes place over 5 episodes within the Arrowverse TV sequence – the place DC heroes like Superman and Supergirl unite to cease the destruction of Earth’s that exist throughout completely different dimensions.

Half one of many sequence is definitely an episode of the CW present Supergirl, however that’s not the one connection to the Man of Metal. We get three variations of Superman through the crossover occasion, two of which you may bear in mind from earlier on our checklist.

Brandon Routh returns as his model of Clark Kent from the 2006 movie Superman Returns, and Tom Welling seems as his model of the character from Smallville. The sequence additionally debuts the model of Clark Kent for the newest model of Superman.

Right here’s an inventory of the episodes for Disaster on Infinite Earths:

  • Supergirl -Season 5 Episode 9
  • Batwoman – Season 1 episode 9
  • The Flash – Season 6 Episode 9
  • Arrow – Season 8 Episode 8
  • Legends of Tomorrow – Particular episode
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Superman and Lois (2021 – TV present)

Superman and Lois premiered on CW in February 2021 as the newest enlargement of the Arrowverse. It sees Tyler Hoechlin star as Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch star as Lois Lane. Within the present, a married Clark and Lois return to Smallville to boost their two sons, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan Kent (Alex Garfin). The sequence was lately renewed for a second season.


Spoiler-free: The whole Superman timeline at a look

Superman films and reveals so as

The checklist beneath consists of all the flicks, serials, and TV reveals talked about above however freed from spoilers.

  • The Superman Serials (1948 and 1950)
  • The Adventures of Superman (1952 to 1958 -TV Present) Superman and the Mole Males (1951)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Superman II (1980)
  • Superman III ( 1983)
  • Supergirl (1984)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
  • Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993 to 1997 – TV present)
  • Smallville (2001 to 2011 – TV present)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Man of Metal (2013)
  • Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice (2016)
  • Supergirl (2015 to Current – TV present)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Disaster on Infinite Earths (2020 – TV occasion)
  • Superman and Lois (2021 – TV present)

Superman animated order

We’ve additionally compiled an inventory that features Superman’s most notable appearances in animations – it is for these of you who need each final little bit of Superman content material you will discover. In the event you’re going to select and select which animated initiatives to take a look at, we suggest the newest animated movies produced by DC, like 2018’s Demise of Superman or 2020’s Superman: Crimson Son.

  • The Superman Serials (1948 and 1950)
  • The Adventures of Superman and Superman and the Mole Males (1951)
  • Animated: The New Adventures of Superman (1966 to 1969 – TV present)
  • Animated: Tremendous Pals (1973 to 1985 – TV present)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Superman II (1980)
  • Superman III ( 1983)
  • Supergirl (1984)
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
  • Superman (1988)
  • Superboy (1988 to 1992 – TV present)
  • Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993 to 1997 – TV present)
  • Animated: Superman: The Animated Collection (1996 – TV present)
  • Animated: Justice League (2001 to 2004 – TV present)
  • Smallville (2001 to 2011) TV Present
  • Animated: Justice League Limitless (2004 to 2006 – TV present)
  • Animated: Superman: Doomsday (2007 – film)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • Animated: Younger Justice (2010 to 2013 – film)
  • Animated: All-Star Superman (2011 – film)
  • Man of Metal (2013)
  • Animated: Teen Titans Go (2013 to current – TV present)
  • Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice (2016)
  • Supergirl (2015 to Current)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Animated: The Demise of Superman (2018 – film)
  • Animated: The Reign of Superman (2019 – film)
  • Animated: Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020 – film)
  • Animated: Superman: Crimson Son (2020 – film)
  • Disaster on Infinite Earths (2020 – TV present)
  • Superman and Lois (2021 – TV present)

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Writing by Maggie Tillman.