This article will be looking at the Hollywood curse of the Superman actors, thought to have taken the lives of two leading men that played ‘The Man of Steel’…
The Detective Comics Hit
The Superman character is believed to have launched the superhero genre back in 1933. Created by two high school students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the idea was eventually sold to Detective Comics in 1938.
The Man of Steel became an instant hit, and appeared in numerous comic book versions, radio and TV episodes, animated adventures and newspaper comic strips.
The character eventually got moved into the Hollywood big-time – having a list of feature films clinging onto his name and popular video game releases.
But these Superman movies have slowly become associated with superstition and fear. In the darkest corners of Hollywood – rumors of a curse are whispered.
It is said that there is a powerful hex linked to the superhero character that attaches itself to the lives of any actors who have portrayed the hero on film or in television productions.
In fact, many agents complain that this curse has made it near enough impossible to find actors that will take the risk in playing the part…
Actors Who Played Superman Movies
The whole idea of the curse started off in 1951 with the film Superman and the Mole Men – the lead role was taken on by an actor named George Reeves, who went on to star in Adventures of Superman, a TV series.
Reeves was due to get married in 1959 but was found shot, in his home, days before.
The public thought it was an obvious, yet strange, suicide at first…until details emerged that the gun found at the scene did not contain ANY fingerprints from the famous Hollywood actor.
His death was eventually ruled as a suicide…but not many people believed this.
Christopher Reeve eventually took on the superhero role between 1977 to 1987. He ended up starring in four popular feature length movies.
Tragically, Reeve was thrown from his horse during a cross-country equestrian event in 1995, and ended up being paralyzed from the neck down.
Reeve went on to live a wheelchair-bound life for a decade after the accident…but eventually succumbed to heart failure due to the severity of his injuries.
The curse is thought to be so powerful that it has even touched the cast around the main character of Superman.
There are examples of these side-characters developing severe mental issues, loss of career and in some extreme cases, loss of life.
Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on the curse of the Superman actors?
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