The film of Superman from 1978 onwards with Christopher Reeve it was a reference in the superheroes genre in the cinema. Over the years, there have been talks about other actors who could play that character, but what many do not know is that the former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the names that sounded before Marlon Brando threw it out the performance.
Originally the producers of the first Superman wanted a name actor to play the son of Krypton. Actors such as Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Newman and Robert Redford were the initial pool for the role. All of them ultimately turned down the role. This made the production team desperate. According to Tom Mankiewicz, the creative consultant, they found men with great physiques who couldn’t act or vice versa. Neil Diamond, Bruce Jenner, Nick Nolte, James Brolin, and James Caan also turned down the role. However, there was one actor who really interested him: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He threw several casting calls even before Marlon Brando, who played Jor-El, Superman’s biological father in the film, refused. (What happened to Henry Cavill’s ‘Superman’ muscles?).
Brando didn’t want Schwarzenegger because he thought the audience wouldn’t be able to understand what the actor was saying because of his accent. And this forced the producers of Superman to look for lesser known actors and Christopher Reeve was the one chosen, the first and the best Clark Kent for sure.