How Tall Is Superman – Superman Height Revealed

Figuring out how tall is Superman is not as easy as it may seem.

We need to take into consideration Superman’s height in comic books, and also the height of actors who played Superman in the movies.

In the comic books, Superman was 6’3″ but once he started to appear in movies, the height of superman depended on the height of the actor playing him. Most of the actors were over 6′ but two were under 6′.

In this article, we will look in more detail at those actors.

Comic Book Character

The height of the comic book character is 6′ 3″ (190.5 m).

First Appeared in Action Comics #1 (cover-dated June 1938 now owned by DC Comics.

The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster.

In comic books, it was very easy to portray Superman as taller than most other characters since the artist was in total control.

However, when Superman switched to movies and TV series, it was necessary to find actors who had the height to tower above other characters.


Let’s see how tall were the actors that played Superman over time.

1. Christopher Reeve

Height: 6′ 4″ (1.93 m)

Born: September 25, 1952, in New York City, New York, USA

Died: October 10, 2004 (age 52) in Mount Kisco, New York, USA

Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born in New York City on September 25th, 1952, to a journalist and a professor.

His family was upper-class and had several prominent members.

Christoper had a successful acting career and the very last role he played was as a paralyzed man in “Above Suspicion.”

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Six days after that movie was released Christopher had a horse-riding accident and ended up in a wheelchair. He died in 2004 at the age of 52.

Superman Related Filmography

  • Superman – Superman / Clark Kent – 1978
  • Superman II – Superman / Clark Kent – 1980
  • Superman III – Superman / Clark Kent – 1983
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace – Superman / Clark Kent – 1987

2. Henry Cavill

Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Born: May 5, 1983, in Jersey, Channel Islands

Henry William Dalgleish was born on the British Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

His mother was a native of Jersey and his father was English.

He was educated at prestigious English schools.

Casting directors for the movie “The Count of Montecristo” discovered him at the age of 17 and his acting career took off.

Superman Related Filmography

  • Man of Steel – Clark Kent / Kal-El – 2013
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Clark Kent / Superman – 2016
  • Justice League – Superman / Clark Kent – 2017
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Superman / Clark Kent – 2021

3. George Reeves

Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Born: January 5, 1914, in Woolstock, Iowa, USA

Died: June 16, 1959 (age 45) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

George Reever (aka George Keefer Brewer) was born in Woolstock, in Iowa.

His parents divorced and he was raised by his stepfather and mother in Pasadena, California.

He interned as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse where he was seen by Warner Brothers casting director Maxwell Arnow.

He had become typecast as Superman.

After other movie roles dried up in the 1950s he killed himself by shooting.

Superman Related Filmography

  • Superman and the Mole-Men – Superman / Clark Kent – 1951
  • Stamp Day for Superman (Short) – Superman / Clark Kent – 1954
  • Super Circus (TV Series) – Superman – 1955
  • Adventures of Superman (TV Series) – Superman / Clark Kent / Boulder – 1952-1958
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4. Dean Cain

Height: 5′ 11″ (1.82 m)

born July 31, 1966, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, USA

Dean George Tanaka (aka Dean Cain) was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He grew up in Malibu and also attended Santa Monica High School.

He had planned to be a professional footballer, which he played at Princeton, where incidentally he dated Brooke Shields.

However, after signing for Buffalo Bills he had a knee injury and his pro career was over.

He played a role in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) TV series, before being cast for Superman.

Superman-related Filmography

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Superman / Bill Robertson – 1993-1997

5. Brandon Routh

Height: 6′ 2″ (1.89 m)

Born: October 9, 1979, in Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Brandon James Routh’s parents were a carpenter and a teacher.

He attended the University of Iowa.

He starred in many productions staged by Norwalk Theater of Performing Arts.

His first TV role was in “Odd Man Out” for ABC.

After his role in Superman Routh played the part of fellow Superhero “The Atom” in four different TV series.

Superman Related Filmography

  • Superman Returns – Clark Kent / Superman – 2006

6. Tyler Hoechlin

Height: 5′ 11″ (1.82 m)

Born: September 11, 1987, in Corona, California, USA

Tyler lost out to Ben Affleck for the role of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, later he was cast as Superman in Supergirl (2015).

An interesting quote from Tyler, in view of the many times he has played Superman is.

For me, as an actor, one of the biggest fears on a TV show is getting stuck in something where you end up feeling like you’re doing the same thing, every single year.”

Superman Related Filmography

  • Supergirl (TV Series) – Superman / Clark Kent – 2016-2019
  • Batwoman (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Superman – 2019
  • The Flash (TV Series) – Superman / Clark Kent – 2018-2019
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Superman – 2020
  • Arrow (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Superman / Elseworlds Superman – 2018-2020
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths (Video) – Clark Kent / Superman – 2020
  • Superman and Lois (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Superman – 2021
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7. Tom Welling

Height: 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)

Born: April 26, 1977, in Putnam Valley, New York, USA

Tom was born Thomas Joseph Welling in Putnam Valley, New York, to Bonnie and Thomas Welling, who is a retired executive for General Motors.

One of his siblings Mark Welling is also an actor. Tom Welling is probably best known for his big break playing Clark Kent on the hit television series Smallville (2001).

He went on to play Superman/Clark Kent in three other YV productions.

Superman Related Filmography

  • Smallville Season 3 Promo (TV Short) – Clark Kent / Superman – 2003
  • Smallville (TV Series) – Clark Kent / Bizarro / Clark Luthor . – 2001-2011
  • Batwoman (TV Series) – Clark Kent (Earth-167) – 2019
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths (Video) – Clark Kent (Earth-167) – 2020

Final Thoughts

I hope this answers the question of how tall is Superman.

You can see there have been many occasions where Superman has appeared in movies and TV Series and his height has gone up and down in each.

Mojmir Trefulka

Fascinated with Superheroes since childhood. I'm 35 years old and I'm from the Czech Republic – a small country in the middle of Europe. I love comic books and superhero movies. Superheroes are my passion for a very long time and I love writing about them – let's have fun together.

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