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What is Superman’s Height? Measuring the Man of Steel’s Actors to the Comics

What is Superman’s Height? Measuring the Man of Steel’s Actors to the Comics

Superman’s height is a key factor with actors that portray the Man of Steel, leading many fans to wonder how each star measures up.

First, let’s establish how tall Clark Kent is according to the comic books. Superman’s height has been a matter of flux over the years, but let’s just say he always stands head and shoulders above the rest at around 6 feet 3 inches in the comic books. His towering presence adds to his commanding aura, although some artistic liberties may occasionally make him stretch or shrink.

Of course, most comics fans know that this places Superman’s height just above Batman, who stands at 6’2″. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman’s height has varied the most depending on the writer and artist team. She stands everywhere from 5’11” to 6’4″. Regardless, the last son of Krypton is normally the tallest of DC’s most iconic heroes.

That said, it’s understood that Hollywood is built up from smoke and mirrors. Just how many actors that have played Superman over the years stand at his official height of 6’3″? Most are surprisingly close.

Kirk Alyn is the first actor to play the Man of Steel in movie serials from the 1940’s. He certainly set a good precedent, standing at 6’1″.

During the Golden Age of TV in the 50s, George Reeves famously took on the role of Superman. Reeves continued the legacy of impressive height for the character, clocking in at 6’2″.

For many, Christopher Reeve is the definition of the perfect actor to play Clark Kent and his alter ego. He made his debut as the character in Richard Donner’s 1978 film, followed by three sequels. Interestingly, at 6’4″, Reeve was the rare actor who stood over Superman’s comic book height.

In the 90s, Superman returned to the small screen for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The series starred Terri Hatcher as Lois Lane and Dean Cain as Clark. Cain is one of the shortest men to portray Superman, standing at just 5’11”.

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Another small-screen Superman, Smallville‘s Tom Welling, fits the bill perfectly. He stands at 6’3″. Unfortunately, Welling only suited up in the iconic costume once across ten seasons of the CW show, which ran from 2001 to 2011.

Christopher Reeve’s successor in the film was Brandon Routh for 2006’s Superman Returns. Many believe Routh’s performance paid perfect homage to Reeve. However, he didn’t quite measure up to the previous actor’s height, standing at 6’2″.

Henry Cavill took over the role in 2013’s Man of Steel and played the character in several other films until 2023’s Black Adam. Cavill’s height is 6’1″, putting him just two inches under Superman’s comic book height. However, the actor more than made up for the deficit by bulking up for the role.

Finally, David Corenswet is set to play the role in the upcoming film Superman: Legacy. Corenswet harkens back to fan favorite Christopher Reeve, standing at 6’4″.