Writer Ed Gross at CloserWeekly.com has written a very comprehensive article documenting every actor to have played Superman over the past 80+ years.
“The thing that got to me,” said Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie, “is the idea of Superman appealing to our daydreams. How many of us have had a great desire to be Superman? To be impervious to pain and accomplish anything you set out to do? He’s there to help us, and wouldn’t we all like to be him for one minute? It’s a mythology that reaches what is real today. Most mythology is period in its setting. He just seems to have gone along with time so very well.”
Driving home that point, head over to CloserWeekly.com for a guide to actors who have worn the character’s blue and red uniform and played Superman over the years – some of whom will undoubtedly surprise you.