And on the subject of Christopher Reeve...he was also exceptionally good-looking (omg, those eyes
), and probably would have been complained about had the internet existed in the 1970s when he was cast, since he was an unknown theater actor and was reportedly quite scrawny when he auditioned for the role (even he referred to himself as a "skinny WASP" at the time).
Christopher Reeve did two great Superman movies and two awful Superman movies - and he did have some creative control over Superman IV, which was easily the worst of the series, despite being a classically trained actor.
And did I mention he was really
Good-looking actors being cast in major superhero roles didn't start because Bryan Singer happens to be gay.