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And suddenly, just like that, everyone knows the name Henry Cavill. That's what happens when you get cast as Superman in a major motion picture (Zack Snyder's 'The Man of Steel'). Even Brandon Routh, who never really took advantage of his 'Superman Returns' fame, remains well-known, simply because he played Superman once. Christopher Reeve was linked to the superhero to his dying day, with headlines of his untimely demise stumbling over themselves to see who could lead with the best Superman reference.
I grew up with the Christopher Reeve Superman, but, in equal measure, I grew up with the Danny Dark Superman. Dark was the actor who voiced Superman for over thirteen year's worth of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including all of the various incarnations of the 'Super Friends.' In the movies, Reeve seemed like a sensitive, funny Superman, but Dark's Superman spoke with authority and strength. His was the Superman voice I imagined when I pored over a DC comic book as a kid. As a matter of fact, Superman still sounds like Danny Dark to me, but he's just one of many who voiced the iconic role.