Monday, February 7, 2011

New Gutter Talk Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Superman Actor

Henry Cavill--the new Superman
Speaking of Superman, as I was in yesterday's post, I have decided that it's about time for another Gutter Talk Poll.  This one was inspired by the recent announcement that Zach Snyder, director of the upcoming film Superman: Man of Steelhas found his leading man.  The lucky, or perhaps unlucky, if you believe in the so-called "Superman Curse", winner of the role is Henry Cavill, a 26 year old British actor apparently best known to some for something called The Tudors, whatever the heck that is.  It seems that Cavill had actually been cast to play Superman in 2006's Superman Returns, until Brian Singer came on board as director and booted him in favor of Brandon Routh.
So, over to your right, at the top of the page, you'll notice a list of previous actors who have assayed the role of the Last Son of Krypton.  Your task, should you chose to accept, is to pick your favorite from among those listed.
Note that the choices are limited to those actors who have portrayed Superman, as opposed to Superboy or simply Clark Kent, in live action movies or television series.  Therefore, Bud Collyer of the 1940's radio show, Tim Daly from the 1990's animated series, Gerard Christopher of the 1980's Adventures of Superboy syndicated series, and Smallville's Tom Welling, among others, were excluded from consideration.
I actually thought about leaving Brandon Routh off the list as well.  I can't  think of anybody who really liked Superman Returns all that much and I honestly don't expect anyone to vote for him.
In truth, I expect this poll to come down to a two man race between George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Still, I could end up being surprised.  Just maybe there are a lot of Kirk Alyn fans among my readers.
The poll will be open for the next seven days, and I'll discuss and analyze the results here sometime next week.
By the way, if you are reading this on my Open Salon site, click here to participate in the poll.


  1. Part of the consideration should be how each actor played the dual identity of both Superman and Clark Kent. George Reeves made for a fine Superman, but his Clark seemed a little underdeveloped. Therefore, for me, the choice would be a race between Kirk Alyn and Christopher Reeve.

  2. George Reeves, but with (needless to say) better scripts.

  3. Ton welling es the best actor after christopher reeve