History Headscratchers / Superman

21st Jan '17 9:30:24 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** And even if President Luthor stubbornly refused to sign such an order, how long do you think it would take Russia, China, North Korea, and any number of enemies and rivals of the United States to seize upon such a pig-headed and spiteful move to graciously and gratefully extend the offer of complete and permanent citizenship to the brave global hero Superman? I mean, Russia was happy to give Edward Snowden asylum just to embarrass the United States, and he was basically just a whistle-blower; even if Superman wasn't exactly rushing to embrace them with open arms, it'd be the geopolitical propaganda coup of the millennium just waiting to happen, and even making the offer would be sufficient enough to diminish the US government in the eyes of the world. And even if that wasn't enough to change President Luthor's mind and Superman wasn't exactly happy resettling to an authoritarian state, then America's allies would be more than happy to seize a chance to change the balance of power a bit by offering ''the world's most powerful man'' a new home, and it's not like President Luthor can stop ''them'' from offering citizenship to whomever they like.

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*** And even if President Luthor stubbornly refused to sign such an order, how long do you think it would take Russia, China, North Korea, and any number of enemies and rivals of the United States to seize upon such a pig-headed and nakedly spiteful move to graciously and gratefully extend the offer of complete and permanent citizenship to the brave global hero Superman? I mean, Russia was happy to give Edward Snowden asylum just to embarrass the United States, and he was basically just a whistle-blower; even if Superman wasn't exactly rushing to embrace them with open arms, it'd be the geopolitical propaganda coup of the millennium just waiting to happen, and even making the offer would be sufficient enough to diminish the US government in the eyes of the world. And even if that wasn't enough to change President Luthor's mind and Superman wasn't exactly happy resettling to an authoritarian state, then America's allies would be more than happy to seize a chance to change the balance of power a bit by offering ''the world's most powerful man'' a new home, and it's not like President Luthor can stop ''them'' from offering citizenship to whomever they like.
21st Jan '17 9:29:00 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** The mini-series published around the 2008 election, where all the superhuman community start announcing their political preferences and kind of acting like partisan dicks towards each other, follows the 'Superman should be above partisan politics' model, but has him add in a pointed fashion that in a society like America 'freedom of thought' means the right to ''not'' have to express your own political preferences just because everyone's loudly demanding and hectoring and bullying and cajoling you to do so. In short, Superman also seems to take the 'it's none of your damn business what I think about this if I don't want to tell you' approach as well.

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*** The mini-series published around the 2008 election, where all the superhuman community start announcing their political preferences and kind of acting like partisan dicks towards each other, follows the 'Superman should be above partisan politics' model, but has him add in a pointed fashion that in a society like America 'freedom of thought' also means the right to ''not'' have to express your own political preferences just because everyone's loudly demanding and hectoring and bullying and cajoling you to do so. In short, Superman also seems to take the 'it's none of your damn business what I think about this if I don't want to tell you' approach as well.
15th Jan '17 2:30:12 PM DustSnitch
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*** I always imagined that like his hair, his flesh couldn't be cut but it could bend; when he wants to look extra {{badass}}, he tenses his muscles so bullets bounce off him without making the slightest dent.

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*** I always imagined that like his hair, his flesh couldn't be cut but it could bend; when he wants to look extra {{badass}}, badass, he tenses his muscles so bullets bounce off him without making the slightest dent.
9th Jan '17 3:47:59 PM Xtifr
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*** For what it's worth, there was an episode of ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' where Clark did that classic "finger to a crook's back to make him think you have a gun" routine. When Clark admitted that it was only his finger, the crook didn't believe him: "I know what steel feels like!"

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*** For what it's worth, there was an episode of ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' where Clark did that classic "finger to a crook's back to make him think you have a gun" routine. When Clark admitted that it was only his finger, the crook didn't believe him: "I know what steel feels like!"
3rd Jan '17 12:30:04 PM Tron80
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** Supergirl dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths and itís a momentous-enough event inasmuch the villainís armor is destroyed in the battle. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, itís established that she never existed, so if she never existed, who fulfilled her function in the story?

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** Supergirl Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} dies in Crisis on Infinite Earths and itís a momentous-enough event inasmuch the villainís armor is destroyed in the battle. In the ComicBook/PostCrisis continuity, itís established that she never existed, so if she never existed, who fulfilled her function in the story?



** Incidentally, the last time we see Superman, heís heading toward the FortressOfSolitude with Power Girl. A {{handwave}} might be in order, but not only does the Fortress look like the one from the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} comics, but no Fortress of Solitude would be established in the comics until 1991!

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** Incidentally, the last time we see Superman, heís heading toward the FortressOfSolitude Fortress Of Solitude with Power Girl. A {{handwave}} might be in order, but not only does the Fortress look like the one from the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} comics, but no Fortress of Solitude would be established in the comics until 1991!



* Why do some human villains think threatening to kill Superman's friends and family is a bright idea? Let's say a mob boss kill Lois Lane and Martha Kent right in front of him, how does he know Superman won't crush his skull in a fit of rage? Okay, making a god-like man obey you by threatening his love ones is not a bad idea, but the villain would be screwed if he decides to pull the trigger.

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* Why do some human villains think threatening to kill Superman's friends and family is a bright idea? Let's say a mob boss kill Lois Lane and Lane, Martha Kent and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} right in front of him, how does he know Superman won't crush his skull in a fit of rage? Okay, making a god-like man obey you by threatening his love ones is not a bad idea, but the villain would be screwed if he decides to pull the trigger.
14th Dec '16 12:31:15 AM Luppercus
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** And CPR doesn't really work that way in real life, is generally a way to keep the air flow to the brain until more advance medical care can be provide to avoid brain damage, but almost never "resurrects" people as is often shown in media. Unless some more help is comes in their way there's no real reason to do CPR. Is unlikely that the writers of the movie knew this, but let's say Superman does knew it.

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** And CPR doesn't really work that way in real life, is generally a way to keep the air flow to the brain until more advance medical care can be provide to avoid brain damage, but almost never "resurrects" people as is often shown in media. Unless some more help is comes in their way there's no real reason to do CPR. Is unlikely that the writers of the movie knew this, but let's say Superman does knew it.
14th Dec '16 12:30:08 AM Luppercus
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** And CPR doesn't really work that way in real life, is generally a way to keep the air flow to the brain until more advance medical care can be provide to avoid brain damage, but almost never "resurrects" people as is often shown in media. Unless some more help is comes in their way there's no real reason to do CPR. Is unlikely that the writers of the movie knew this, but let's say Superman does knew it.
13th Dec '16 9:43:51 PM Luppercus
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***[[http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/Superman.html The Kents are methodists]].
25th Nov '16 10:51:10 AM nombretomado
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** Don't question it. Just...don't. [[AustinPowers You'll go cross-eyed]]. It doesn't make sense. To anybody. Even Richard Donner probably wakes up scratching his head thinking "That made no sense! WTF was I thinking?!"

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** Don't question it. Just...don't. [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers You'll go cross-eyed]]. It doesn't make sense. To anybody. Even Richard Donner probably wakes up scratching his head thinking "That made no sense! WTF was I thinking?!"
13th Nov '16 2:03:17 PM Tron80
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** I always found it hilarious that a portrayal that had Supes soakiyng a 40-megaton nuke hit, casually lifting aircraft carriers, and flying around the world in an eyeblink was still considered "weak". Sure, he can't move planets anymore, but that was ''boring''.
*** When you fly ''faster than light'', you are not superstrong and fast, nor you are a God. You are just ''laughing in the face of physics''.

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** I always found it hilarious that a portrayal that had Supes soakiyng a 40-megaton nuke hit, casually lifting aircraft carriers, and flying around the world in an eyeblink was still considered "weak". Sure, he can't move planets anymore, but that was ''boring''.
*** When you fly ''faster than light'', you are not superstrong and fast, nor you are a God. You are just ''laughing in the face of physics''.
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