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Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite renditions of the Man of Steel!

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 Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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 Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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 Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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 Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Justice League Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Lois & Clark: The New Adventur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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 Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Justice League Action is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
Justice League Action (Cartoon Network, 2016) is an upcoming American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It features the adventures of Superman, ...more
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The Death of Superman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
The Death of Superman is a 2018 American animated direct-to-video superhero film directed by Sam Liu and James Tucker, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Based on the ...more
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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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
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The Batman Superman Movie: Wor... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more
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All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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The World's Greatest Super Fri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
The World's Greatest Superfriends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 22, 1979 to September 27, 1980 on ABC. It was produced by ...more
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Krypto the Superdog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
Krypto the Superdog is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the DC Comics character Krypto. The show premiered on Cartoon Network on March 25, ...more
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Super Friends: The Legendary S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1984 to 1985 on ABC. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is ...more
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The All-New Super Friends Hour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
The All-New Super Friends Hour is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 10, 1977, to September 2, 1978, on ABC. It was produced by ...more
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The Super Powers Team: Galacti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 1985 to 1986. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera and is based on the ...more
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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Superman/Batman: Public Enemie... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Superman vs. The Elite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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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Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Version of Superman You Can Watch, Ranked
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