The announcement of a new live-action Superman is always a momentous occasion for fans of the Man of Steel, with David Corenswet being the latest actor in a long line of notorious performers who have donned the iconic red cape, including Christopher Reeve. It’s safe to say that all eyes are on Corenswet right now – something that’s very easy to do, considering he towers over almost everyone who’s ever played the role.
For many, Christopher Reeve will always embody what a live-action version of Superman should look like. Tall, good-looking, and undeniably talented, Reeve’s look became synonymous with the character for years. There’s a reason why he made such a convincing Superman: Reeve stands at an impressive 6’4″ (1.93m,) which makes him the tallest actor to ever play the role – until Corenswet came along.
As it turns out, both actors share the exact same height, making them the tallest men to ever become the Man on Steel on the big screen. This is certainly good news for some fans who might still be on the fence about whether or not Corenswet could play a convincing Superman. At the very least, he has the Man of Steel’s stature covered.
Both actors are also noticeably taller than fan-favourite Henry Cavill, who stands at a respectable 6’1″ (1.85m.) Cavill was a bit shorter than his co-star, Ben Affleck, making the DCEU’s version of Batman just a bit taller than the Man of Steel, standing at around 6’2″ (1.88m)
The Shortest Lois Lane
Things get even more interesting when we compare the actresses who’ve played Superman’s lifelong companion, Lois Lane. Superman: Legacywill introduce Rachel Brosnahan as the audacious reporter. The height difference between Brosnahan and Corenswet will certainly make the Man of Steel look like a veritable titan in Legacy, as the actress stands at 5’3″, making her the shortest live-action Lois Lane.
So, to summarize, Superman: Legacy will feature a rather interesting romantic duo: the tallest Superman coupled with the shortest Lois Lane.
The fact that we had to wait this long to see taller actors return to the role of the Man of Steel is impressive, especially considering Supes’ stature has always been one of his most immediately noticeable qualities.
While height may seem like a minor detail in the grand scheme of Superman’s legacy, it can subtly influence the way the character is perceived and understood. Corenswet’s portrayal of the Man of Steel will undoubtedly bring a unique perspective, allowing audiences to reevaluate their preconceived notions of the iconic superhero.
David Corenswet’s groundbreaking casting as the tallest Superman since Christopher Reeve signifies a shift in perspective and a departure from traditional superhero portrayals. It seems as if James Gunn wanted to start things off in his new cinematic universe with a bang, beginning with a Superman that’s easily going to stand out among the other heroes that will be sharing the screen with him.
As fans anxiously anticipate Corenswet’s debut as the Man of Steel, it is evident that his portrayal will carry on the legacy of Christopher Reeve, and we couldn’t be happier about it!