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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Christopher Reeve in the 1978 "Superman."

George Reeves, Henry Cavill and more 'Superman' actors

In honor of "Man of Steel," the latest cinematic Superman, we take a look at the evolution of Clark Kent throughout media.

Henry Cavill is the latest actor to wear
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Henry Cavill is the latest actor to wear the Superman costume, donning the suit in "Man of Steel."

Superman has come to theaters. Here are Max
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Superman has come to theaters. Here are Max Gordon Moore, Jonathan Hammond and Janie Brookshire in a scene from George Bernard Shaw’s "Man and Superman," which is being performed off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre in Manhattan.

Superman, actor Brandon Routh, returns to Earth from
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Superman, actor Brandon Routh, returns to Earth from planet Krypton in the 2006 "Superman Returns."

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"Smallville," the TV reinterpretation of "Superman" that started in 2001, starred Tom Welling, center, as Clark Kent.

Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as the mid-1990s
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Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as the mid-1990s TV version of Superman and Lois Lane in "Lois & Clark The New Adventures of Superman."

The 1983
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The 1983 "Superman III" was not one of the more successful Superman flicks. Guess you can't win 'em all.

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's
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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Christopher Reeve in the 1978 film "Superman."

George Reeves played Superman in the 1950s, along
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George Reeves played Superman in the 1950s, along with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen, Noel Neill as Lois Lane and John Hamilton as Perry White.

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George Reeves played the popular super hero in
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George Reeves played the popular super hero in the 1950s.

George Reeves and Phyllis Coates as Superman and
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George Reeves and Phyllis Coates as Superman and Lois Lane in the 1950s.

Kirk Alyn, film's first Superman, played the character
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Kirk Alyn, film's first Superman, played the character in two movies in 1948 and 1950.

From left, Jackie Kelk (Jimmy Olsen), Joan Alexander
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From left, Jackie Kelk (Jimmy Olsen), Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Beck (Beany Martin) and Clayton "Bud" Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent) as "The Adventures of Superman" radio show cast.

Where it all started: The cover of
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Where it all started: The cover of "Action Comics" No. 1, left, in which Superman made his debut in 1938.

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