After the news broke that Supergirl would bring the Man of Steel to its second season, fans everywhere speculated about who would don the red cape (top vote-getters: Matt Bomer and Tom Welling). In the end, no one from our shortlist was chosen, but the actor who was picked — Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin — seems worthy of the big red S.
Hoechlin joins a long line of actors who have played Superman on TV, in everything from long-running series like Smallville to short skits on Saturday Night Live. Check out who’s handled “tights and flights” duties on the small screen over the last 64 years.
Supergirl moves to The CW this fall.
George Reeves, ‘Adventures of Superman’
The first star to play Superman in a television series was George Reeves in ‘Adventures of Superman,’ which ran from 1952-1958. (Credit: Everett Collection)
‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’
During their classic series run, the Monty Python gang all dressed up as Superman for the 1969 skit ‘Bicycle Repairman.’ (Credit: Youtube)
John Haymes Newton, ‘Superboy’
Before Clark Kent became Superman, he was ‘Superboy.’ John Haymes Newton played the teen superhero in the 1988 syndicated series. (Credit: Everett Collection)
Gerard Christopher, ‘Superboy’
Gerard Christopher took over the lead role in ‘Superboy’ and played him from 1989 to 1992. (Credit: Everett Collection)
Phil Hartman, ‘Saturday Night Live’
The late, great Phil Hartman took on the Man of Steel role during the skit ‘Krypton Survives’ in 1986. (Credit: NBC/Getty Images)
Jerry Seinfeld, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Superman superfan Jerry Seinfeld also played the Man of Steel in an ‘SNL’ skit (in which the hero guests on a talk show) in 1992. (Credit: NBC/Getty Images)
Dean Cain, ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’
Dean Cain became TV’s modern-day Superman (opposite Teri Hatcher’s Lois) in the ABC series, which ran from 1993-1997. (Credit: Getty Images)
Tom Welling, ‘Smallville’
‘Smallville’ ended five years ago, after beginning its epic run on The WB in 2001. The Man of Steel was played by Tom Welling, who gracefully turned an indecisive teen Kal-El into the Superman we know today. (Credit: The CW)
Hugh Jackman, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Although Hugh Jackman is best known for his turn as Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ series, the Australian star was convincing as the all-American hero when he donned the tights and cape for a skit on ‘SNL’ in 2001. (Credit: NBC/Getty Images)