Really it should come as no surprise to readers of this blog, but 50 per cent of those who voted in our recent "who was the best live-action Superman" chose Christopher Reeve as their iconic Man Of Steel.
Or, as commentator Linneman of Monstrous Matters, put it: "So...this is a race for second place, right?"
While Christopher Reeve led the field from the moment the poll opened, the battle for second place was more hotly contested.
Eventually, it went to the original Superman, George Reeves, from the 1950's Adventures Of Superman serial, with 16.67 per cent of the vote.
Allen Reinertsen, of Goodstuff's Cyber World, shared the following anecdotes to explain why George got his vote:
"My vote is for George Reeves because [he] took the part of 'role model' seriously, even to the extent of quitting smoking and not making appearances around children with his girlfriends.In third place, with 12.96 per cent, was the current cinematic Superman, Henry Cavill, from Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, closely followed by Lois & Clark's Dean Cain, with 11.11 per cent.
"George Reeves was a devout supporter of The City Of Hope cancer research hospital and the Los Angeles chapter of United Cerebral Palsy. He also appeared on The City Of Hope and UCP Telethons on local Los Angeles TV and at The City Of Hope parades in Duarte, California as Superman.
"He was cautious in his interaction with the young children who were fans of Adventures of Superman (1952) because they often tried to test his 'invulnerability' by assaulting him. At one appearance a young boy came up to Reeves, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him. The boy had taken the weapon, a Luger that his father had brought home from World War II, to see if 'Superman' really was invulnerable. Reeves convinced the boy to give him the gun by saying that someone else would get hurt when the bullets bounced off of 'Superman'."
Television's other Superman, Tom Welling, of Smallville, came in fifth with 5.56 per cent, and Superman Return's Brandon Routh secured last place with a mere 3.7 per cent of the vote.
I'll leave the final word on this poll to Jason, of Nerd Trash, who addressed the apparent impact that taking the role of Superman has on actors' careers:
"I think it's interesting how detrimental playing Superman is to an acting career. Routh went from playing the Man of Tomorrow to doing Hallmark movies before climbing back up to play Ray Palmer. Welling fell off the face of the Earth and Cain isn't fairing much better. I think Cavill might survive since he had an established career before Man of Steel and has done big movies since taking on the role.
"Christopher Reeve, meanwhile, is the odd man out because he actually turned down roles in big movies, so he pretty much wrecked his career himself.
"It's a shame, really, because all of these guys (with the exception of George Reeves because I have no idea if he was a good actor or not) have the looks and talent to be leading men in film and television, but playing Superman is apparently anathema to Hollywood."
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