The 10 Greatest Film and TV Superheroes

From Superman to the Green Lantern, Peter Travers picks his favorites
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With due respect to George Reeves, who cemented Supie in the public consciousness on TV in the 1950's, the iconic Man of Steel for me is Christopher Reeve in 1978's Superman: The Movie. The actor, who died in 2004 after years of fighting the paralysis that resulted from a horseback riding accident, made an ideal Superman and played his alter ego Clark Kent with a bumbling, bespectacled Cary Grant charm. The guy has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men — how cool is it that he flies? In this movie he reseals the San Andreas Fault. Reeve fully captures the spirit of the comic series created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster as Supie fights for "truth, justice and the American way."

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