From Kirk Alyn to Henry Cavill, there have been 11 actors who have portrayed Superman in official live-action films or television shows. Most of these projects depicted Superman in his early years, bringing his origin story to the big and small screen alike. Others have continued on the adventures of the Man of Steel, showing him as a seasoned superhero taking on the evils of the world.
Just how old is Superman? Late-20s? Mid-30s? Early-40s?
Clark Kent was said to be 25 when he became Superman, and the post-Crisis comic book stories recounted his adventures beginning at age 28 (SUPERMAN #1, January 1987). Clark was 34 when Doomsday killed him (NEWSTIME, May 1993; ZERO HOUR #0, September 1994). With current stories reportedly showing him at the age of between 37-42. The fact is, due to his alien heritage, it is unknown whether Superman actually ages and grows old at the rate humans do, but his rate of maturity has matched that of humans in the regular stories to date.
But what about the actors portraying him in film and on television?
The Superman Homepage has put together the following infographic showing the various actors who have portrayed Superman over the years, how old they were when they first started, and what age they were when they finished up in the role.