Favorite Mxyzptlk Live-Action Actor – Poll Results

In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:

Who is your favorite live-action Mxyzptlk actor of all time?

Even though Thomas Lennon’s version of Mxy polled better than Peter Gadiot’s attempt on the “Supergirl” TV series, fans still prefer Howie Mandel’s take on the mischevious imp from the fifth dimension as seen in the “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” Season 4 episode “‘Twas the Night Before Mxymas”.

Here’s the complete voting breakdown:

Who is your favorite live-action Mxyzptlk actor of all time?
  • Howie Mandel (Lois & Clark) 42%, 67 votes
    67 votes 42%
    67 votes - 42% of all votes
  • Michael J. Pollard (Superboy) 28%, 44 votes
    44 votes 28%
    44 votes - 28% of all votes
  • Thomas Lennon (Supergirl - Season 5) 19%, 31 vote
    31 vote 19%
    31 vote - 19% of all votes
  • Trent Ford (Smallville) 8%, 12 votes
    12 votes 8%
    12 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Peter Gadiot (Supergirl - Season 2) 4%, 6 votes
    6 votes 4%
    6 votes - 4% of all votes
Total Votes: 160
March 11, 2020 - March 18, 2020
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Superman2878
March 19, 2020 12:18 am

This was a hard one for me to pick. I voted for Thomas Lennon as Mxyzptlk. Although Howie and Michael were also really good in the role.

afriend
March 19, 2020 1:28 am

My least favorite of Superman’s usual rogues, but I do consider the “what could have been” of Dudley Moore in an earlier draft of Superman III something of a missed opportunity.

Superman2878
March 19, 2020 9:24 am
Reply to  afriend

I didn’t know that Dudley Moore could’ve played Mxy. That’s very interesting afriend.

afriend
March 19, 2020 10:41 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Ilya Salkind wrote a totally insane (and probably unfilmable in the early 80s) early treatment for Superman III, with Brainiac and Mxy teaming up, Supergirl showing up (possibly brainwashed, let’s call that from questionable sources) and having a borderline incestuous relationship with Superman, and THEN Superman goes nuts and fights himself. Arguably, parts of it survive in the final film; Brainiac got watered down to being the apparently sentient supercomputer and Robo-Vera being the stand-ins for different parts of him. Gus Goreman is a (very) diluted pre-Crisis Mxy, being more mischievous than malicious. And Superman did in fact go nuts… Read more »

Superman2878
March 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Reply to  afriend

Yeah I heard about the Brainiac and Supergirl part, but I was unaware of Mxy. I like Superman 3 even though it has flaws. And Reeve always gave a stellar performance as Superman. Ah what could have been though.

MattComics
March 19, 2020 10:30 am

I don’t think there’s ever really been a good live-action Mxy. I’d like to see them either cast a talented little person or use motion capture tech and give him Mxy’s golden-age look like what they used for STAS.

Mxy’s not a villain that can carry a movie or some big grand epic but I think he’s great as an episodic villain. In a way, he’s kind of like Q to Superman’s Picard.

sundevil82
March 22, 2020 11:44 pm
Reply to  MattComics

I’ve always thought that if they portrayed him as a ‘Q’ type character from Star Trek: TNG, that it could potentially work. Absolutely agree that he could never carry a whole movie, but if he sets events in motion, I could see it.

redcape
March 19, 2020 12:50 pm

Even when I was a kid reading the comics I couldn’t stand this character. His name is just as ridiculous.

MattComics
March 19, 2020 4:17 pm

His name is **supposed** to be ridiculous.