Gene Hackman or Kevin Spacey?
Gene Hackman in
Superman II (1980) (also Richard Donner Cut)
Superman IV: Quest For Peace
For some reason he wasn't in Superman III (1983)
Kevin Spacey played the role in
Superman Returns (2006)
Who was better at it?
I do think as Superman (1978) is more light hearted film, Gene Hackman plays it very funny and light hearted , films like Unforgiven (1992) and The Quick And The Dead (1995), prove he can play a serious evil villian.
I think reviews say Spacey adds genuine menace to the role which wasn't in the Hackman films.
I kinda biased as I consider Gene Hackman to be one of the greatest actors ever and Spacey just isn't as good, also I consider the Christopher Reeve films to be the best.
Strangely both Hackman and Spacey both have a Best Actor Oscar and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, same with De Niro.
Who was best in the role of Lex Luthor and the better actor?