Superman Movies In Order

Superman is one of the most iconic superheroes that exists. Quite literally everyone has heard of this famous crime fighter. Even people who aren’t fans of the genre can still recognize, and often enjoy a Superman movie. The character was invented all the way back in 1933, and made his first comic book appearance in 1938. He made his first movie appearance in 1951, but this was largely considered a trial run for the upcoming TV series. It wasn’t until 1978 that a big budget producer partnered with Steven Spielberg to make the first true Superman movie. The rest as they say, is history!

Watching the Superman movies in order is important to understanding the story line. The original movies filmed in the 70s and 80s are part of their own series and should be watched from the beginning. If you’re just interested in checking out the later films made in the 2000s, it’s not important to have watched any of the earlier ones. The series reboots in 2006 with Superman Returns. However, if you really want to get into this series, start with the 1978 release, and work your way up in chronological order by release date. You can even get into the animated series to really get a maximum understanding of the stories and characters.

If you had to pick a single American superhero, Superman would be it. Since the 1940s this character has dominated popular culture with TV shows, short films, animated movies, video games and more. Starting in 1941, and beginning an epic journey, the animated cartoon series would go on to produce 17 episodes. Over 60 years later, VH1 would rate Superman the #2 pop culture icon, and Empire magazine would rate him the greatest comic book character of all time. He’s also been featured in numerous video games including releases for Atari, N64, and more.


Starting in 1996, Superman: The Animated Series premiered which had aspects from both classic and modern day Superman. It totaled 4 seasons, which included 54 episodes, eventually ending in 2000. Midway through the season, Batman, who owes much of his existence to the early success of Superman, was introduced into the animated series. Fans dubbed this combination The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Initially they wrote new Batman episodes in the Superman animation style, however, eventually, the two superheroes would go on to meet each other in a later episode entitled World’s Finest.

Whether you’re a fan of the live action films, or the animated series, one thing is clear: Superman has cemented his way into pop culture history. Being one of the most recognizable superheros, this DC Comic character has been winning the hearts and minds of both children and adults for over 70 years. Since the original comic books and TV shows, Americans truly can’t seem to get enough of this crime fighting hero.

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7 Comments

  1. Jay February 20, 2017
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    Waleed wake bro Batman is a spoiled lil kid that always was a control freak superman is always the back bone to the justice league

  2. Chip W. November 18, 2015
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    The first actor to play the role of Superman on film was Kirk Alyn (who passed away March 14, 1999 at the age of 88.
    Alyn portrayed the Man of Steel in two 15-part movie serials in 1948 and 1950. Columbia Pictures hired him because he looked like Superman’s mild-mannered, comic book alter ego, Clark Kent, and had dance training that helped him to dive out of windows and leap over cameras.

  3. John October 13, 2015
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    not the same without Christopher Reeves.

  4. robert johnson October 11, 2015
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    there was an early movie in the forties that left the actor who played the hero unable to work in movies because no producers wanted “superman” in their movies.

  5. Maria Compton October 9, 2015
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    I love superman and all of the movies/shows made about him…you know what I think he’s my favorite superhero!

    • Waleed Yousuf December 15, 2015
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      dear maria,
      perhaps u should study about batman as well!!!!
      he is the only person without super powers and yet leads justice league…. 😛
      no offence 😉

      • Ashley Prince May 6, 2017
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        Dear Waleed,

        Perhaps you should research more about other Super Heroes. You are incorrect. Batman is NOT the only person without Super Powers. Green Arrow, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Robin, Green Lantern only has Powers with his ring on, Nightwing, Bat Girl (Barbara Gordon or Oracle), Huntress, Speedy (Arsenal or Red Arrow), ect. I add that those are ONLY DC heroes with no true super powers. I can give you many more Marvel heroes without them if you’d like.? I’ll also add that TECHNICALLY, Superman AND Batman have both been known to be leaders of the Justice League. It’s kind of like Superman is the big decision maker, Batman is the field commander.

        Seriously, look up your heroes knowledge before rambling false facts. 🙂

        Good Day.!

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