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Famous Actors Who Almost Played Superman

Updated September 23, 2021 8.6k votes 991 voters 70.7k views29 items

List RulesThese notable people were all (somewhat) close to playing Superman. Vote up the ones you wish got the part.

Superman is one of the most iconic American characters of the 20th century, but for whatever reason he’s impossible to perfectly capture on film and television. Directors have tried all kinds of hunky actors, but they never seem to be able to get it right. Man of Steel’s Henry seems like the most comic book looking of all the actors to play him, which might be why he was chosen. But the actors who almost played Superman all have something interesting about them, and you can see each generation’s sensibilities in their casting choices. Take a look at these hunky guys who almost played comic book characters and see if they look like Superman to you.

A Superman actor really only has to do one thing well. Look good in that red and blue suit. The guys who played Superman all looked like Superman when they put on their outfit, so maybe when the actors who were inches away from being Clark Kent put on the famous costume everything fell apart. On the other hand, some of the actors who were considered for the role just didn’t want to deal with the pressure of saving the world every two years – which makes sense. But come on, how fun does it sound to be Superman. Most of these actors will probably never know.

Vote on which actor you think should have played Superman, and leave us a comment if you there’s an actor out there who you think deserves to don the blue and red tights. 

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