History Headscratchers / Superman

19th Jul '17 8:45:07 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Superman's also the paragon of the DC universe. He might not be the best warrior, the most powerful being or the one with the most superpowers, but he ''is'' the one that pretty much everyone in the world respects, admires and looks up to. Luthor's whole thing is that he thinks that everyone should be looking up to ''him'' instead. So even if Luthor lived in Gotham or Coastal City, it would still probably rankle him that there was another being in the world that was better and more admired than him without, in Luthor's mind, doing anything to deserve it.



** Because in many depictions, Kryptonian society was also incredibly hubristic. They didn't believe anything was going to destroy them because they were so powerful and hyper-advanced that anything that suggested otherwise had to be wrong. Jor-El was just able to see through the societal blinders to the truth.



* Lex Luthor. The greatest criminal mastermind on earth. And after getting out of prision, his great comeback plan is... boning an old, sick woman? he really couldn't find a more dignified, less pathetic way to get back in bussiness? REALLY?

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* Lex Luthor. The greatest criminal mastermind on earth. And after getting out of prision, prison, his great comeback plan is... boning an old, sick woman? he really couldn't find a more dignified, less pathetic way to get back in bussiness? REALLY?
6th Jul '17 12:16:22 PM N.Harmonik
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* If Krypton's technology was extremely advanced, how is it that only one person detected it was going to explode?
24th Jun '17 5:08:22 PM yugi195
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*** So if history in the DC universe had gone a little differently (if Clark had chosen to be Superman, or Lex decided to be... [[ShapedLikeItself Lex Luthor]], in some other city, Superman and Lex Luthor might not be the enemies they currently are? Could the famous conflict between them have just as easily been, say, Martian Manhunter or Wonder Woman in Superman's place, and Gorilla Grodd or Maxwell Lord in Lex's?
10th Jun '17 10:35:31 PM HeroGal2347
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** Maybe it's because Superman is the one who's in his neck of the woods most of the time?
10th Jun '17 5:42:29 AM lillolillo
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** In addition to all of this, the point is entirely moot. Let's assume that some nefarious individual, who we shall call "Wex Wuthor" for convenience's sake, manages to find out the exact legal circumstances of Superman's birth. And that US law is so differnet in the DCU that it actually ''does'' qualify Superman for loss of citizenship, when IRL it wouldn't (see the bullet points directly above). And then Wex manages to get proof of it he can take to the authorities. And then Mr. Wuthor takes it to the authorities, and actually gets a federal court or the INS to agree to invalidate Superman's citizenship and order him to be deported. Let's assume that all this happens. ''So what?'' If you're the President of the United States and you get up one morning and see on the TV news that the INS has issued an order of deportation for Superman, how quickly are you going to just grab your pen and sign some immigration paperwork for Superman? Two seconds? Three? Superman is so off-the-charts powerful that him changing nations of residence is a major shift in the global balance of power all by itself. Any government with an IQ above that of a herring's, if confronted with the situation "Hey, you know that part where the world's most powerful superbeing likes living in your country, likes helping save your citizens from supervillains and natural disasters, and doesn't even charge you for it? Well, he's about to not be doing that anymore." is going to immediately grab whatever bureaucrat signed the deport order in the first place, [[ReassignedToAntarctica find him a new position more suited to his (lack of) talents]], and very apologetically hand said superbeing a green card, a thank-you card, and maybe a complimentary fruit basket, and beg him to stick around a little while longer. Like, for the next hundred years or so. No government will screw itself blatantly against its own self-interests just because the letter of the law allegedly requires it -- not when it would actually be easier for the government to just ''change the law''. (Or, in this case, simply issue an individual waiver to it, as they already have the power to do.)

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** In addition to all of this, the point is entirely moot. Let's assume that some nefarious individual, who we shall call "Wex Wuthor" for convenience's sake, manages to find out the exact legal circumstances of Superman's birth. And that US law is so differnet different in the DCU that it actually ''does'' qualify Superman for loss of citizenship, when IRL it wouldn't (see the bullet points directly above). And then Wex manages to get proof of it he can take to the authorities. And then Mr. Wuthor takes it to the authorities, and actually gets a federal court or the INS to agree to invalidate Superman's citizenship and order him to be deported. Let's assume that all this happens. ''So what?'' If you're the President of the United States and you get up one morning and see on the TV news that the INS has issued an order of deportation for Superman, how quickly are you going to just grab your pen and sign some immigration paperwork for Superman? Two seconds? Three? Superman is so off-the-charts powerful that him changing nations of residence is a major shift in the global balance of power all by itself. Any government with an IQ above that of a herring's, if confronted with the situation "Hey, you know that part where the world's most powerful superbeing likes living in your country, likes helping save your citizens from supervillains and natural disasters, and doesn't even charge you for it? Well, he's about to not be doing that anymore." is going to immediately grab whatever bureaucrat signed the deport order in the first place, [[ReassignedToAntarctica find him a new position more suited to his (lack of) talents]], and very apologetically hand said superbeing a green card, a thank-you card, and maybe a complimentary fruit basket, and beg him to stick around a little while longer. Like, for the next hundred years or so. No government will screw itself blatantly against its own self-interests just because the letter of the law allegedly requires it -- not when it would actually be easier for the government to just ''change the law''. (Or, in this case, simply issue an individual waiver to it, as they already have the power to do.)
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.
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