Superman was the first superhero. The blueprint for what was to come, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation paved the way for every superhero that followed him and without the creation of Superman there would be no superheroes, no Marvel Cinematic Universe, no Batman The Animated Series, no Spider-Man PS4.
Superman and his success is responsible for the creation of so many characters we all love. As time progressed and numerous new heroes where created, many started to take the Man of Steel for granted. As the world moved on and audiences began to crave edgier product, the likes of Batman and Wolverine flourished, many wanted their heroes to be dark and cool. Superman was the opposite of those things, he was light, kind hearted and noble. There was no mystique to him, he just wanted to do what was right.
Many have labeled the Last Son of Krypton boring over the years and have claimed he’s too overpowered, but Superman is the embodiment of hope.
This is a man who can control the world, he could just about kill anyone and anything that got in his way, but his ability to retain his humanity and focus on making the world a better place is undoubtedly his strongest ability.
There was a line in Batman vs. Superman that perfectly highlighted what makes Superman such a great character. In the stand off with Batman, Clark says:
“If I wanted it, you’d be dead already.”
Although short, this line meant so much. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Superman could easily kill anyone he goes toe to toe with, but he holds back. Every punch he throws, he’s refraining from throwing with full force.
Clark Kent is unique and – in a world that craves darker, cooler, edgier and broodier heroes/anti-heroes – he stands tall as a man who never steps over the line and values everyone on Earth in the same light.
Throughout his life, Clark Kent has dealt with being an outsider, someone who doesn’t belong and it’s something many comic book readers have been able to relate to. That sense of standing out when all you want to do is fit in.
There will never be another Superman, a man who’s unwavering nobility has inspired millions to be better versions of themselves. Happy Superman Day!