There is a Superman curse when it comes to the movie franchise. At least, if you ask some people, they will point out the curse. The fantastic Jake Rossen book, Superman vs. Hollywood, tells a lot of the tragedy among the controversy in the history of Superman’s fight to reach the big screen. Along the way, two legendary Superman actors died tragic early deaths.

Luckily, for fans of Henry Cavill, the Man of Steel actor doesn’t believe there is a Superman curse.

I have indeed heard of the curse. Well, I mean, I honestly don’t believe there’s a curse. I think there’s been some bad luck in the past, especially when it comes to horses, and I don’t mean that as a joke. My fiancé is an international show jumper and all the rest attached to that, you can fall off 1,000 times and be fired through fences and then the one time you’re home out in the yard, all it takes is something to startle the horse and you’re off and you fall the wrong way. There’s bad luck, but I don’t think it’s any curse.

Superman curseOf course, Cavill is talking here about the tragic accident that paralyzed Christopher Reeve, the man who portrayed Superman in four of those big screen movies.

But, Reeve is just the most recent case of the infamous Superman curse. George Reeves, who played Superman in the ’50s, died a mysterious death. Labeled a suicide, there are still people who believe he was murdered and the killing was covered up. The movie Hollywoodland tells this story and is required viewing for anyone who loves movies about old Hollywood.

Lee Quigley, the actor who played the child Superman in 1978’s Superman died  at the age of 14. Christopher Reeve went on to live a productive life after his paralysis but then passed away at the age of 52.

Despite that, men like Dean Cain, Brandon Routh and Tom Welling have all played Superman over the last two decades, and they are just fine, so the Superman curse might be lifted. Henry Cavill believes he will be fine after Man of Steel and said that he will be “grand” at the age of 80.