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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 Death of Superman, focusing on the supposed death of the superhero ...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/Batman: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Superman vs. The Elite is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Justice League: War is listed (or ranked) 13 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: Public Enemie... is listed (or ranked) 14 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: Doom is listed (or ranked) 15 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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All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Justice League: Crisis on Two ... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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) 19 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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Superman: Brainiac Attacks is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 21 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: The New Fronti... is listed (or ranked) 22 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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman is a 15-part black-and-white Columbia film serial based on the comic book character Superman starring an uncredited Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. Like Batman, it is notable as ...more

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Superman/Shazam!: The Return o... is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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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Batman: The Brave and the Bold is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics series The Brave and the Bold which features two or more super heroes coming together to ...more

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Legion of Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Legion of Super Heroes is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that debuted on September 23, 2006, and is based on characters owned by DC Comics. The series ...more

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Stamp Day for Superman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Stamp Day for Superman is a 1954 black-and-white short film starring George Reeves as Superman and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. It was produced by Superman Inc. for the United States Department of ...more

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The Batman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Batman is an animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It ran from September 11, 2004 to March 22, 2008, on the Saturday morning ...more

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Superman and the Mole Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. The motion picture is the first theatrical feature film based on the DC ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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The New Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The New Adventures of Superman is a series of six-minute animated Superman adventures produced by Filmation that were broadcast on CBS between 1966 and 1970. The 68 segments appeared as part of ...more

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The Batman/Superman Hour is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Batman/Superman Hour is a Filmation animated series that was broadcast on CBS from 1968 to 1969. Premiering on September 14, 1968, this 60-minute program featured new adventures of the DC ...more

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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman Returns is a video game based on the movie of the same name, It was developed by EA Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment ...more

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Challenge of the Super Friends is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Challenge of the Super Friends is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from September 9, 1978, to December 23, 1978, on ABC. The complete series was ...more

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The All-New Super Friends Hour is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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The Super Powers Team: Galacti... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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Super Friends: The Legendary S... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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 World's Greatest Super Fri... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Lego: The Piece of Resistance is a 2014 animation, action and comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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Superman III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the third film in the Superman film series based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero. The film is ...more

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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended ...more

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Justice League Action is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Jus... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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The Return of Superman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Return of Superman The Return of Superman is a 1979 adventure film written by Necdet Tok and directed by Kunt Tulgar.

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Krypto the Superdog is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
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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The Superman/Aquaman Hour of A... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure is a Filmation animated series that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1968. Premiering on September 9, 1967, this 60-minute program included a series of six-minute ...more

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The Adventures of Superboy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Versions Of Superman You Watched As A Kid
The Adventures of Superboy is a proposed TV series that was put into production in 1961. It was meant to capitalize on the success of Adventures of Superman, which went out of production in ...more