The Superman Curse

Superman Curse

Believing in curses to begin with is ridiculous! However many people think that there is a “Superman curse” which befalls those who play the role of the Man of Steel.

Their proof?

Kirk Alyn played Superman in two Serials in the early 1940s and couldn’t get any other work afterwards.

George Reeves was also typecast after playing Superman in the 1950s TV series and later killed himself.

Christopher Reeve played Superman in four movies and then was paralyzed in a horse riding accident before dying 9 years later aged 52.

Dean Cain’s career went nowhere after playing Superman in the TV series “Lois & Clark”.

The problem with their “proof”?

While Kirk Alyn did have problems getting work after playing Superman, he benefited from a wave of nostalgia for the Superhero in the ’70s, when he found himself in demand on the college circuit and at comic book conventions. Kirk lived to the ripe old age of 88.

The basis for the supposed curse is mostly due to the tragic death of George Reeves. While Reeves was bitter about his being typecast by his role as Superman, his life was by no means cursed. He lived a charmed life and was much-loved by all who knew him.

George Reeves

Christopher Reeve went on to star in many movies after his debut in Hollywood as Superman in 1978. While none of them were as successful as “Superman: The Movie”, he achieved A-list billing upon his debut. Something many actors never achieve in their career. While Christopher’s spinal injury was indeed tragic, the strength and will of the man to battle on and champion the cause of finding a cure for paralysis is nothing short of inspirational.

Before being cast as Superman, Dean Cain was an injury-retired football player. Starring in “Lois & Clark” was a blessing for his career, not a curse. If not for Superman Dean Cain may never have achieved half of what he has since. He has appeared in several films since hanging up the cape, was the host of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” TV show, and has appeared in many other TV shows and films.

Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill and Tyler Hoechlin have also had rich and successful careers, mostly due to playing Superman.

So much for the so-called “Superman Curse”.