Newsarama is quickly losing it's credibility these days. After a recent article they wrote quoting their thoughts on the "worst" performances by an actor in a comic book based role, Twitter exploded with anger and hatred towards the supposed "comic-loving site". While most of the performances listed are somewhat agreeable, there was one that caused a massive outrage. Apparently, Christopher Reeve's performance, in their opinion, was one of the worst.
In defense of this position we could point to his lack of much of a post-Superman resume, but the truth is now 30-plus years later with a more critical eye we simply don't find his portrayal of Superman and Clark Kent very much like any Superman or Clark Kent we know... or like, for that matter.
His Clark wasn't mild-mannered, he was a cartoonish buffoon. His Superman far too earnest and eager-to-please for someone with the power of a god. In short, he was a mild-mannered Superman, frankly lacking in the charisma you'd expect from an actor playing a cultural icon. A more theatrical rather than natural actor, Reeve's Superman was a caricature of a comic book Boy Scout superhero and not a fully developed character
Apparently, the entire staff of Newsarama have never read a Superman comic in their life.
And the cherry on top:
The Worst Moment: The Fortress of Solitude Luthor/Zod double-cross scene in "Superman II" is moment Reeves' broad, more theatrical method is apparent. But it's that same film's truck stop scene when a now-powerless Superman confronts the loud mouth at the counter that stands out as a wrong acting choice.
The so-very-earnest-it-frankly-hurts way he stands up to the bully only lacks Reeve affecting an old-timey bare-knuckle boxing stance and/or slapping him across the face with a white glove, challenging him to a duel at dawn.