Total Nerd The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid  

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Superman is arguably the most recognizable superhero on the planet. There's iconic, there's legendary, and then there's Superman.

As such, there are many different variations of the character and dozens of formats the character has been utilized in. Be it dramatic TV interpretations of his youth, short animated series, or the multitude of versions in theaters, Superman always finds a way onto our screens, in one way or another.

We've decided to compile some of our favorites here. Do you like the Smallville more than Lois & Clark? Is Superman: The Animated Series your favorite cartoon or do you secretly love Krypto the Superdog? When it comes to the ultimate Supes actor, are you all about Christopher Reeve or are you worried about the loss of Henry Cavill?

Here's your chance to see where it all lines up. What are the greatest interpretations of Superman ever? Vote up your favorites!

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more
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Superman II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more
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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more
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Superman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on The ...more
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Lois & Clark: The New Adventur... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a live-action American television series based on the characters in Superman and Action comics. Lois & Clark starred Dean Cain as ...more
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Justice League Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League Unlimited was an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superheroes from the DC Comics ...more
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Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Adventures of Superman is an American television series based on comic book characters and concepts created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The show is the first television series to ...more
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Superman: Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman: Doomsday is a 2007 American direct-to-video animated superhero film, adapted from the popular DC Comics storyline. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America ...more
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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more
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The Batman Superman Movie: Wor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest is a 1997 animated feature comprised of the Superman: The Animated Series 3-part episode "World's Finest" released on VHS and DVD. It depicts ...more
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Superman vs. The Elite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman vs. The Elite is an animated superhero film based on "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?," the story published in the comic book Action Comics #775. ...more
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All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
All-Star Superman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The film is the tenth in the DC ...more
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Superman/Batman: Public Enemie... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 original direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of "Public Enemies"—the opening story arc of DC Comics' Superman/Batman—which ...more
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Justice League: War is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League: War is an upcoming direct-to-video animated superhero film, an adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's 2011 Justice League: Origin storyline. It was directed by Jay Oliva and ...more
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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is a 2010 direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the Superman/Batman comic storyline "The Supergirl from Krypton" and is a sequel to ...more
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Justice League: Crisis on Two ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
A good version of Lex Luthor from a parallel Earth comes to the Justice League's dimension for help to fight their evil counterparts.
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Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes, which ran from 1973 to 1986 on ABC as part of its Saturday morning cartoon lineup. It was produced by ...more
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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more
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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a ...more
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Justice League: Doom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League: Doom is a 2012 animation film written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Lauren Montgomery.
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Justice League: The New Fronti... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League: The New Frontier is the soundtrack album of the 2008 film.
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Superman: Brainiac Attacks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman: Brainiac Attacks is a 2006 direct-to-video animated film with production designs based on Superman: The Animated Series from Warner Bros. Animation, on aired a part of the Toonami ...more
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Superman/Shazam!: The Return o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam is a 2010 short animated film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and written by Michael Jelenic, featuring George Newbern and Jerry O'Connell reprising ...more
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Batman: The Dark Knight Return... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 is an animated film.
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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more