History Headscratchers / Superman

19th May '16 4:43:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Longer answer: Superman deliberately cultivates the persona of Clark Kent as a major dork specifically to throw out the idea that he might be Superman. Just watch Brandon Routh as Kent, and your first overriding impression will be, "Dear gods, he's a friggin' ''dork''." Superman, by contrast, is the physical ideal of Man. Basically...could you see [[SavedByTheBell Screech]] as Superman? There have been incidents in the comic books where someone has thought about it. Hell, once, Luthor hired a private investigator who ''did'' conclude that Superman was Clark Kent. Luthor laughed it off because the idea was simply ridiculous that Superman, a PhysicalGod, would go around posing as that dork Kent.\\

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Longer answer: Superman deliberately cultivates the persona of Clark Kent as a major dork specifically to throw out the idea that he might be Superman. Just watch Brandon Routh as Kent, and your first overriding impression will be, "Dear gods, he's a friggin' ''dork''." Superman, by contrast, is the physical ideal of Man. Basically...could you see [[SavedByTheBell [[Series/SavedByTheBell Screech]] as Superman? There have been incidents in the comic books where someone has thought about it. Hell, once, Luthor hired a private investigator who ''did'' conclude that Superman was Clark Kent. Luthor laughed it off because the idea was simply ridiculous that Superman, a PhysicalGod, would go around posing as that dork Kent.\\
4th May '16 11:57:19 AM DaScarecrow
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** Don't forget that Lex doesn't even think that Superman has a SecretIdentity. In his mind someone as powerful as Superman would never lower themselves to being like ordinary humans.
4th May '16 11:46:26 AM DaScarecrow
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*** The Phantom Zone was used in lieu of a death penalty for Krypton, they considered it AFateWorseThanDeath. Makes sense they wouldn't see it as a viable survival option.
*** ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' had Jor-el send his lab assistant Raya there for survival and a key problem comes up. Namely that the Phantom Zone is a CrapsackWorld and there would be no way of returning without outside help, which a destroyed planet wouldn't be able to offer obviously.


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** Post-Crisis actually explains this. One Kryptonian took the whole the isolationist thing as far as he could and genetically altered all other Kryptonians so they would die if they left the planet. Superman survived because his father was able to remove that issue, which was only possible before his birth and not applicable to the rest of Krypton.
4th May '16 11:34:01 AM DaScarecrow
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*** Proximity most likely. Usually when he gets hit by red sunlight it's right in his face and as such that whole disrupt power release effect kicks in right away. When on a planet with a red sun he would be able to keep enough of a charge until his solar reserves run dry because the red sunlight is further away.
27th Mar '16 1:23:42 PM Sharlee
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** h) Krypton exploded thousands of Earth years ago, but it's far enough away that the ''light of the explosion'' didn't reach Earth until 1948. Luther is either clueless about the sheer magnitude of distances involved or is oversimplifying to avoid getting sidetracked with exposition re. the speed of light. Baby Kal-El only experienced 3 years' life during the trip because of relativistic speeds and/or the ship keeping him in stasis most of the way to conserve life-support resources.
27th Mar '16 1:16:42 PM Sharlee
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** Plus, he's just plain outnumbered. Three against one is bad odds. And while he's had more experience using his powers himself, confronting those same powers ''in other people'' is just as new of an experience to Clark as it is to the villains.

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** Plus, he's just plain outnumbered. Three against one is bad odds. And while he's had more experience using his powers himself, confronting those same powers ''in other people'' is just as new of an experience to Clark as it is to the villains.
villains. If anything, they might have a major edge in experience at super-vs-super combat, if the trio'd spent part of their off-camera time tussling ''each other'' to test what they can do.
17th Mar '16 8:21:14 PM yugi195
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** And post-crisis, it's been shown that a blue star actually increases Superman's powers even more than a yellow star already does (and in addition gives him "Superman-vision" which allows him to give normal humans powers equivalent to his powers on Earth). It therefore stands to reason that if a normal human were be exposed to blue solar radiation, then they would gradually gain the same powers that Superman normally has on Earth.
1st Feb '16 7:07:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Same reasons bad guys in real life operate in towns and cities that are inhabited by police departments that could arrest them on a weekly basis; they might not have the funds or the ability to relocate (criminals tend to be from the lower income side of society), the police / superhero can't possibly arrest ''all'' of them, and the risks are presumably outweighed by the potential rewards.
7th Jan '16 8:28:51 PM nombretomado
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** In fact, the Christian God is same entity as The Source, the same being at the heart of the ComicBook/NewGods mythos (or at least, The Source is an aspect thereof). He is also the power behind TheSpectre, the single most powerful superhero in the DC universe. In other words, the ComicBook/NewGods ''also'' believe in and worship God.

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** In fact, the Christian God is same entity as The Source, the same being at the heart of the ComicBook/NewGods mythos (or at least, The Source is an aspect thereof). He is also the power behind TheSpectre, ComicBook/TheSpectre, the single most powerful superhero in the DC universe. In other words, the ComicBook/NewGods ''also'' believe in and worship God.
25th Dec '15 7:54:31 PM nombretomado
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** As he started out Humanite was a bit too similar to ComicBook/LexLuthor (balding MadScientist bent on WorldDomination) except that he was an EvilCripple; by the time he became his more famous Man-Ape incarnation, he had underwent a RoguesGalleryTransplant to the Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica; in fact originally he seemingly died two issues before Luthor appeared, back in ''1940'', and his subsequent SilverAge fights with Superman were set on Earth-2 and, thus, not the then-mainstream Superman. Basically he's no longer considered a Superman villain and you can do little with him that ComicBook/LexLuthor can't do better anyway, so there is little point. He's just not that famous. Granted, he still deserves better than supporting / minor appearances in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', but since the Justice Society are his arch-enemies now and ''they'' don't get much media showings, what chance does he have?

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** As he started out Humanite was a bit too similar to ComicBook/LexLuthor (balding MadScientist bent on WorldDomination) except that he was an EvilCripple; by the time he became his more famous Man-Ape incarnation, he had underwent a RoguesGalleryTransplant to the Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica; in fact originally he seemingly died two issues before Luthor appeared, back in ''1940'', and his subsequent SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] fights with Superman were set on Earth-2 and, thus, not the then-mainstream Superman. Basically he's no longer considered a Superman villain and you can do little with him that ComicBook/LexLuthor can't do better anyway, so there is little point. He's just not that famous. Granted, he still deserves better than supporting / minor appearances in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', but since the Justice Society are his arch-enemies now and ''they'' don't get much media showings, what chance does he have?
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