History Headscratchers / Superman

24th Mar '17 4:09:28 PM yugi195
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* This one is more focused on Lex Luthor, but as of this writing he does not have his own Headscratcher page, so this seemed appropriate enough: We all know the myriad of reasons that Lex hates Superman, whether they be true reasons or just the lies he tells himself and/or others. However, it appears to me that all the reasons normally given aren't exclusive to just Superman. Some say he's jealous of his power, but Superman isn't really the most powerful superhero, and in certain areas is matched or even surpassed by other characters, such as Wonder Woman, Shazam, and Captain Atom, while others say it's because he believes Superman's a threat to humanity, either because he's a powerful alien or because his acts of heroism may cause humanity to gradually fall back on him and stagnate, but Superman's not the only powerful alien (Martian Manhunter seems most obvious) or superhero. So the question is: why does Lex Luthor focus so much of his hatred on Superman in particular?
3rd Mar '17 8:22:11 PM JohnnyNevada
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*** Silver Age stories explained the warp drive on Kal-El's rocket dragged with it a large amount of debris, explaining how kryptonite and other Kryptonian artifacts wound up on Earth/in Earth's solar system.
22nd Feb '17 7:12:27 PM ErikModi
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** Possibly. Or the "synthetic Kryptonite" with "tar" in place of the "unknown element" was the movie-verse version of the comics Red Kryptonite, which can do all kinds of wacky things to Kryptonians, including splitting them into two different versions. Depending on how you look at it, Clark/Superman had to fight a BattleAtTheCenterOfTheMind to throw off the evil influence of the fake Kryptonite, or it made him evil and eventually split him into Good/Evil halves, and Clark had to literally kill Evil Superman to triumph.
22nd Feb '17 5:14:24 PM ErikModi
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** While it's true that the talented amateur who doesn't know what he's doing can be the greatest threat to someone skilled in specific style, the point remains that, in a fight, knowing how to fight is better than not knowing how to fight. Superman's just never needed to bother to learn how to fight, since if he threw even a starter boxing punch properly, he'd turn someone's head into red mist. Superman definitely gets a leg up in the massive fight in Metropolis because he knows the limits and uses of his powers better than Zod and company, but Zod and Co. know how to fight and are used to working together as a unit. The real deciding factor in that battle is that none of them can actually hurt each other, and meanwhile they're wrecking the city, so Superman decides to move the fight elsewhere. Superman's greater facility with his powers couldn't mop the floor with Zod, and Zod's superior military experience couldn't mop the floor with Superman, because they're all ''completely invulnerable''.
22nd Feb '17 2:13:18 AM ErikModi
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** Besides, where would you deport Superman ''to''? His home planet is a radioactive asteroid belt in another galaxy.
22nd Feb '17 1:58:02 AM ErikModi
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*** If memory serves, didn't the diner bully also make some very off-color remarks to and about Lois? It was sanitized for a "kids" film, but still, the guy was easily a sexual assault charge waiting happen.


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22nd Feb '17 1:52:36 AM ErikModi
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*** Superman also has SuperSpeed and the RequiredSecondaryPower of super reflexes. If someone's hitting him and he's maintaining his cover, he just "rolls with the blow" so that they don't break their hand. Say, if someone were to give Clark a friendly-but-forceful slap on the back, Clark would pitch his body forward as the blow connected, making it look and feel like he was really affected by it.
21st Feb '17 10:02:21 PM ErikModi
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** In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lois waves a piece of kryptonite in Clark's face, and it basically follows the above formula. In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', kryptonite is everywhere; regarding Lana's necklace, people just assumed that he is naturally clumsy when it makes him drop things or fall over. Pete once mentioned Clark always get sick on their tree house (littered with kryptonite), and he told Chloe that [[BlatantLies he doesn't think it is structurally sound]].

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** In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lois waves a piece of kryptonite in Clark's face, and it basically follows the above formula. In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', kryptonite is everywhere; regarding Lana's necklace, people just assumed that he is naturally clumsy when it makes him drop things or fall over.over (or that he's utterly flummoxed by the incomparable beauty and perfection of Lana Lang). Pete once mentioned Clark always get sick on their tree house (littered with kryptonite), and he told Chloe that [[BlatantLies he doesn't think it is structurally sound]].


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*** It's actually explicitly shown in Smallville that the meteor shower that accompanies Clark's ship is meteors from Krypton, explaining why Smallville is literally littered with GreenRocks, and a second meteor shower later in the series is more pieces of Krypton. Granted, they don't explicitly show that the meteors were dragged through space by a wormhole or some such, but the first meteors did actually come with Clark's ship (and the second batch came with another Kryptonian spaceship).


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21st Feb '17 9:52:02 PM ErikModi
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** Isn't it also explained, at least in some tellings, that by the time Jor-El could convince anyone else of the danger the Krypton, it was too late to do anything about it? That he literally sent Kal-El off minutes before Krypton exploded and that was literally all he had time for? And no other Kryptonians were paying any heed to his warnings because they refused to believe that anything at all could destroy their perfect civilization?
15th Feb '17 3:19:55 AM DoctorNemesis
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** In fairness to the OP, participating in a sadistic dog-fighting ring -- while hardly a particularly nice thing to do -- is pretty small peanuts compared to some of the things that Luthor's gotten away with.
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