Being involved in Superman is thought by some superstitious folks to be kryptonite to an actor’s career, but does playing the Man of Steel really make an actor the victim of a curse? Next Wednesday's premiere of the new reality series FanAddicts! features Christopher Dennis, the man who performs as Superman for tourists on Hollywood Blvd. Dennis has been playing Superman for years, and he has a failed marriage in his past and a compulsion to spend all his income on Superman memorabilia, even when he's short on rent. So has Dennis’ penchant for wearing a blue unitard and a red cape made him a victim of the Superman curse? Or are there just bigger issues at play? We thought we'd examine the supposed curse to see if the rumors have merit.
The curse is said to be originated by the creators of the superhero. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the comic book character Superman in 1938, but because they later sold the rights, they weren’t entitled to any royalties from the TV shows or movies. They eventually became angry enough that they started a public relations campaign against Warner Bros, which involved Shuster writing a bitter letter to the producers of 1978’s Superman and cursed everyone in the production. However, examples cited of the curse started long before the letter was ever penned. More About the Curse >>