I first "encountered" this young man in THE COUNT OF MONTECRISTO as Albert, the clueless son of Mercedès Iguanada and Edmond Dantes(a.k.a the count). For me, even if he was already "cute" back then, he looked too much of a greenhorn...well, maybe not a greenhorn, but someone who has just graduated from middle-school. When The Count of Montecristo was shown, I was already in my 30's so... ;-p
Although there were a couple of guys(Kirk Alyn and George Reeves) who played Superman before him, I grew up with Christopher Reeve. I fondly remember my classmate, Connie, who was really so hooked with him.
At that very tender age, I wondered how he could fall in love with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. I surmised that it was because he was into smart girls and not really into those bimbos.
We had tons and tons of comic books(DC, Marvel, Archie Comics, Popeye, Blondie etc.) so we had lots of issues about Kal El a.k.a. Clark Kent, but some were fed to the termites, others were stolen, others were sold and others were given away.
When Superman was shown in the 1970s we had preconceived notions on how Clark Kent should look like and half wishing Krypto the dog would be there. Finally, it was shown. In my opinion, even if Christopher Reeve was really, really handsome, I found his portrayal of the role quite "comical" or "cartoon-ish". Even so, I still watched the three sequels and enjoyed almost every minute of it.
Later, I was hooked with LOIS AND CLARK. This was definitely a Teri Hatcher series than a Dean Cain one, but still, a lot of us watched it because of the very "yummy" Cain. Who cares if it centered on Lois and her brilliance than the MAN OF STEEL?
There were many others who played Superman as actors and voice actors, but let's just talk about the man of the hour:
Writing Credits (WGA)
|David S. Goyer||...||(screenplay)|
|David S. Goyer||...||(story) &|
|Jerry Siegel||...||(Superman created by) &|
|Joe Shuster||...||(Superman created by)|
Lara: Have you finished?
Jor-El: Nearly. It's the only answer, Lara. If he remains here with us... he will die as surely as we will.
Lara: But why Earth, Jor-El? They're primitives, thousands of years behind us.
Jor-El: He will need that advantage to survive. Their atmosphere will... sustain him. [He looks at his son and walks over to the area where the ship that will carry Kal-El lies. There are information crystals placed in slots on the edges]
Lara: He will defy their gravity.
Jor-El: He will look like one of them.
Lara: He won't *be* one of them.
Jor-El: No. His dense molecular structure will make him strong.
Lara: He'll be odd. Different. (an outcast)
Jor-El: He'll be fast. Virtually invulnerable.
Lara: Isolated. Alone.
Jor-El: He will not be alone. [He holds up a clear crystal and takes a long look at it] Jor-El: He will never be alone. [He places it in one of the slots along with the other crystals in the ship]
Glenn Ford as Jonathan Kent prevented those things to happen by telling Clark to act "normal". Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent did not lack in giving Clark reminders...he also went on ahead in a different manner. Just watch the very touching scene(With Kevin Costner) when you get the chance(it made me cry)...Here's Glenn Ford's version of Jonathan's talk with his son Clark portrayed by Jeff East: