Superman #1 was played by the late, great actor Christopher Reeve in four Superman movies from 1978 - 1987. Reeve's performance convinced the world that superheroes could be taken seriously, loooooooooong before a certain brooding Dark Knight stole the superhero spotlight.
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT SUPERMAN #1?
The tagline for the first Superman movie (conveniantly titled Superman: The Movie) was 'you'll believe a man can fly'. It was a bold statement, that could have been ridiculed if the movie had flopped, yet Reeve's performance was so on the money that he did indeed convince audiences that men could fly. Well, that supermen could fly anyway.
As well as his tip top turn as the Man of Steel, Reeve's portrayal of Clark Kent was also an inspiration. Playing the part as a bumbling 'square', Reeve was able to convince audiences that the world's greatest superhero could easily disguise himself as a mild mannered reporter.
For an entire generation of movie goers Christopher Reeve WAS Superman!
Superman #2 was played by Brandon Routh in the audience-dividing blockbuster Superman Returns (2006). The actor - who looked a heck of a lot like Reeve - appeared in just one Superman movie and was replaced for the Supes reboot movie, The Man of Steel (2013) by actor Henry Cavill.
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT SUPERMAN #2?
There was a great deal of fan expectation resting on Brandon Routh's shoulders when he slipped on the cape to play the second big-screen Superman, and despite a lukewarm critical response to the movie, Routh wasn't all that bad in the role.
The problem was...
Oh, hang on...
Sorry Brandon, but REEVE WAS SUPERMAN and unfortunately as the next onscreen Superman you had big boots to fill, which were perhaps a little too big for you on this occasion.
This really isn't much of a contest of champions is it?