2. Christopher Reeve's Superman
When you talk about Superman in a room full of people, there is a pretty high probability that most of them will instantly think of Christopher Reeve. For good reason too, because the man has defined the character for the past five decades due to his legendary performance in the quadrilogy of movies between the 1970s and 1980s.
Reeve embodied the Man of Steel and he made it look easy, just as his Superman made it look easy every time he flew through the air or withstood gunfire. He had all of the qualities that made the character so iconic, utilising heat vision and speed, as well as some abilities that hadn't made it to the big screen prior to that.
Christopher Reeve's Superman would have been so many people's introduction to the character and it was a pretty darn accurate one at that. He was a force to be reckoned with, an unstoppable hero driven by a desire to go good which allowed him to avoid any real dangers, break any spells and always come out on top to save the day.
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound; every legendary quote said about Superman came to life with this version of the character, and you'd be hard-pressed to find any Man of Steel more formidable, more comic-accurate than this one.
Reeve's Superman was so larger-than-life and it's a testament to both his performance and the strength of the character that they all created. For many, this is and always will be Superman.