Superman is the best superhero of all time, and there are so many Superman movies to watch! But which Superman movie should you watch first and which Superman movie should you watch last? In this blog post, I will show you how to watch Superman movies in chronological order so that you can decide for yourself which way is best!
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
The Adventures of Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 American independent black-and-white superhero film.
A strange group of individuals approaches the small town of Silsby, Kansas, in search of an oil well when Clart Kent and Lois Lane arrive. However, the drill has penetrated the subterranean home of a race of tiny bald humans that emerge from their caves seeking warmth. Lois and Clark arrive at the oil well and discover the dead watchman. When Lois sees one of the creatures and screams, Clark and the foreman explore the surroundings for signs of foul play. When she tells them what she saw, no one believes her. The duration of the movie Superman and the Mole Men is 69 minutes. Superman stars George Reeves as Superman, Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane, with Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen; Noel Neill as Lois Lane, Tony Curtis (in his film debut) appears briefly at the beginning of the movie.
The first Superman motion picture, which was simply titled Superman, debuted in 1978. In this movie, Superman is trying to protect his home, Earth, from an impending space rock that Superman doesn’t know if he’ll be able to stop. Superman must also confront villains who are determined to exploit Superman’s vulnerability. Superman (1978) is Superman’s origin story and also tells the tale of how Superman came to be.
The cast includes the late Christopher Reeve who Superman fans will recognize as Superman from other Superman movies. The budget for Superman (1978) was a reported $55 million.
The duration of the movie is 140 minutes.
Superman II (1980)
Superman’s love interest Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) has chosen Superman over Clark and Superman does not know what to do. The criminals General Zod, Ursa, and Non are sentenced to banishment into the Phantom Zone at the beginning of Krypton’s destruction. The Phantom Zone is shattered near Earth by Superman’s shockwave many years later. The three offenders are released and endowed with superhuman abilities thanks to the yellow light of the Sun. They continue toward Earth in hopes of Superman’s defeat.
Directed by Richard Lester and produced by Ilya and Alexander Salkind. The film stars Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent. Clark’s (Christopher Reeve) boss, Perry White (Jackie Cooper), fears Superman has gone too far with his recent acts of heroism.
The duration of the movie is 97 minutes long. The Superman III movie had a budget of $39 million and made more than $60 million in ticket sales worldwide.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman IV is the Superman movie released in 1987. Superman’s arch-enemy, Nuclear Man is created by Lex Luthor. Superman becomes powerless when he saves Lois Lane from Nuclear Man’s nuclear blast. Superman goes into space to find the solution to his problem and finds that expelling his solar energy can revive him. Superman then finds Lex Luthor and returns with him to Earth where Superman forces Lex to help him fight off Nuclear Man which he does willingly in exchange for Superman saving his life again. Superman uses the nuclear reactor in Nuclear Man’s body to restore himself (although it destroys Nuclear Man in the process). Superman then defeats Nuclear Man and Superman flies off into space; his powers are restored. Superman’s new enemy is The Dazzler (a British rock star) who Superman must stop from destroying the world with lasers by redirecting them to space.
Running time for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is 125 minutes. Superman stars Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and Margot Kidder.
Superman Returns (2006)
The movie is about Superman returns to Earth after a long absence and finds his home planet in disarray from the aftermath of Superman II (1980).
Superman has been gone for five years due to the death of his father. He returns to Earth to find that things are not as he expected them to be. Superman’s concern with the Earth is that the world might have moved on without him but finds his home planet in disarray. He fights the old enemies of General Zod and Ursa who have been imprisoned in an otherworldly prison called The Phantom Zone.
Superman Returns has a six-minute longer running time than Superman II. The cast includes Brandon Routh as Superman, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey. Superman Returns was directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Michael E. Uslan.
Man of Steel (2013)
A young Superman is pushed to his limits when confronted with the challenge of preventing General Zod from destroying Metropolis. Superman’s fight against his old friend, now enemy, will take him into space and back home again. He must find Zod before it is too late for both Superman and the Earth!
Superman is alienated by humanity, who unites behind Lex Luthor to destroy Superman. Superman is willing to sacrifice everything-including Lois Lane-to save humankind from a ruthless alien invasion that could wipe out all life on Earth.
The cast includes Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe. Superman’s love interest is Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. The duration of the movie Superman is 141 minutes. Superman was released on June 14, 2013, in the United States and Canada. The film Man of Steel (2013) grossed almost $660 million worldwide.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we see Batman investigating Superman after defeating General Zod in Metropolis from Man of Steel. Superman too wants to have Batman investigated as he feels there is a need for a discussion about their relationship to one another. Both heroes fight each other but they agree that one wants them to work together while the other wants them apart. Superman and Batman fight Superman’s girlfriend, Lois Lane, Superman’s mother, Martha Kent. Superman becomes more human when he sees his mother in danger and that is what Batman fears most of Superman losing control which would be the end for humanity!
The cast includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Amy Adams returns to this movie but her character is Lois. The duration of the movie Superman is 151 minutes. The film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice grossed over $870 million worldwide against a budget of around $250 million.
Fans of the Batman films may be found all over the world. The Batman film franchise began in 1966 and goes all the way till 2021. If you want to discover how wealthy and powerful Bruce Wayne is, how he became Batman, and how he joined the Justice League, you must see all of the Batman films in chronological sequence.
Justice League (2017)
In Justice League Superman died at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and an alien invasion from Darkseid’s army of Parademons from Apokolips seems to have been thwarted. But Superman’s death has made the Earth an even more tempting target for a future invasion, which is foreseen by Martian Manhunter, prompting Wonder Woman to find a way to resurrect Superman with a secret project on Earth called Project Superman.
Batman, meanwhile, grapples with what Superman’s loss means for humanity as his memory starts to change following an attack on him by one of Superman’s enemies, and his growing friendship with Wonder Woman causes him to decide that the world needs Superman more than he needed him.
The cast of Justice League includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Amy Adams returns to this movie but her character is Lois Lane. The duration of the Superman film is 120 minutes.
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Justice League (2021)
Justice League (2021) is the second installment in the series of Superman movies. Superman gets help from his new ally, Batman, to save Wonder Woman and stop Lex Luthor. Superman finds out that he may be able to use it for his gain. He attempts to get Kevin Costner’s character Jonathan Kent on board with this idea but he refuses the offer.
Superman finds himself struggling to reconnect with Lois but Clark is torn about how he feels about her. The Man of Steel must confront his arch-enemy, Lex Luthor, while simultaneously fending off numerous other dangers from Apokolips and Darkseid.
The duration of Superman is 120 minutes. The film Justice League (2021) grossed over $900 million worldwide against a budget of around $250 million.
To summarize, Superman has appeared in many Superman movies released by Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics, which show Superman’s origins; his struggles with villains like Lex Luthor; other enemies that he faces throughout the years (for instance Darkseid); he always saves the day. Superman has had several movies released so far and he is still saving people in Justice League (2021).