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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
March 1: Tim Daly, voice of Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, born in New York, NY in 1956.
March 1: Zack Snyder, director of the Man of Steel movie, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA in 1966.
March 1: Jensen Ackles, Jason Teague in Smallville TV series, born in Dallas, Texas in 1978.
March 9: Artist Rick Burchett (Superman Adventures) born in 1952.
March 12: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet.
March 14: Kirk Alyn, star of two serials, Superman and Atom Man vs Superman, dies in 1999 of natural causes, aged 88.
March 25: Krypto The Superdog premieres in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in 2005.
March 26: Artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Action Comics) born in 1948.
March 31: In 1959, Action #252 introduces us to Superman's cousin, Supergirl.
September 7, 2010: Clint Eastwood Knocked Back Superman Role
In 1977, when filming on "Superman: The Movie" was getting extremely close to rolling, director Richard Donner still had not found his Man of Steel. The casting net was cast far and wide with the role being offered to many big name actors of the time. Actors like Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Steve McQueen were all considered for the role... and even Clint Eastwood.
The 80 year old Oscar winning actor and director recalled to the LA Times how he was approached about playing Superman...
"Thank God that I didn't have to do that," Eastwood said of the role that eventually went to the late Christopher Reeve, whom he praised as "excellent" in the role. "I can remember - and this was many years ago - when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me."