Originally Posted by superman2090
In my mind, Reeve did not define what Superman should look like. Reeve simply looked like Superman.
Reeve looked like Superman, but he also defined Superman. Superman in the comics was always more middle-aged looking. His hairline was almost receding. When Reeve was cast, the biggest complaint was how young he looked. It was his acting that overcame that detail.
When John Byrne rebooted Superman in 1986, he made a conscious decision to draw Superman like Christopher Reeve. Most artists since then followed Byrne's 'redesign'. Even now we have artists like Gary Frank who basically draw a caricature of Reeve.