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1- Kirk Alyn played the original live action Superman in the black andwhite serials made in 1948 and 1950.
2- George Reeves played Superman in the 1951film "Superman and the Molemen" as well as the TV series "TheAdventures of Superman" from 1952 to 1958.
3- Christopher Reeve played Superman in four films made in 1978, 1980, 1983, and 1987.
4- Dean Cain played Superman on the TV series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" from 1993 to 1997.
5 -Tom Welling played just Clark Kent on the TV series "Smallville" from 2001 to 2011.
6- Brandon Routh played Superman in the movie "Superman Returns" in 2006.
7- Henry Cavill is the first non American to play the superhero.
Man of Steel Director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) begins with Superman's birth on Krypton. As the last hope for his people's survival, his parents send him to Earth to escape an insurrection by General Zod, played by Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Shannon.
With the action brought by Dark Knight producer Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros is hoping it can re-launch a new series of Superman films after Superman Returns in 2006 failed to live up to box office expectations.
Henry Cavill is the latest actor to don the red cape, he's the first non American to ever play Superman and went to School in Buckinghamshire.
In the prequel Man of Steel, which premieres in Leicester Square tonight, Cavill stars with Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane who play his human parents.
We'll be speaking to Henry Cavill about Man of Steel' from the red carpet, on the programme at 6pm tonight.