The Curse of the Superman Actors

The Curse of the Superman Actors

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.

The Detective Comics Hit

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.

Actors Who Played Superman Movies

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.

Christopher Reeve as Superman

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?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

7 thoughts on “The Curse of the Superman Actors

  1. This is strange and is the first time I have actually thought about this. Is this a coincidence or is there a power play behind the scenes. It is really strange and the only way one can know for sure to rule this as an actual curse is if something similar happens to the recent cast of the Superman role. 

    I am not wishing evil on any of them but we are really curious and would like to see what happens but we hope nothing happens to anyone because the Superman movie has been a favorite for a very long time.

    1. I was thinking the same when I wrote the article mate – I wouldn’t take that role on, for all the money in Hollywood!!!

  2. Well, I’m a lover of the superman comics but I never knew that it started that early. I started watching superman from the tv series Smallville, where his name was Clark Kent. Superman is one super hero that I love so much, as for the Curse, I think it’s just coincidence. I don’t believe it’s a curse causing the deaths of casts and superman characters. 

    1. Yeah I remember Smallville Dhayours – not really my type of thing, but popular enough all the same. So you don’t believe in the curse? No problems – that’s your opinion! 

  3. I think I have only watched two Superman movies. I was not aware of a curse, that sounds really scary, I would like to know if the other Superman actors are also experiencing the effects of the curse too, this goes to show there many unexplainable things in this world we live in.

    Thank you for this article, now I got homework to do about Superman actors, I am very curious to learn more.

  4. Hey, I heard the curse before, however I only knew Christopher Reeve was cured. Thank you for updating my knowledge! I know there are some things that cannot be explained by the existing science, but I really hope the curse isn’t true. At least right now we don’t hear bad news from other actors.

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