For 2018 I set a goal for myself to watch and discuss as many superhero movies as possible. As we approach the halfway point of the year and I look at the list of films I’ve yet to watch, I’m starting to think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. This might go into 2019, guys. It might go into 2020. I might still be doing this when my baby is in college. So far, I’ve talked to you guys about the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and those featuring their little brother, Spider-Man. Today, I’m returning to the hero that gave the genre his name: Superman. We’re going to look at all the performers who have worn the S on the silver screen before the current holder of the mantle. Fans of Henry Cavill, don’t worry, he’ll have his day, but not until I take a look at the DC Extended Universe. And if you want to keep track of my progress in-between articles, there’s a Letterboxd list just for that purpose.

So let’s talk about Hollywood’s first Superman, Christopher Ree--...