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"Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear: until my dream where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share I'll never stop fighting. Ever.."
Superman/Clark Kent is a DC Comics superhero created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster. He was born an alien immigrant named Kal-El from the planet Krypton who was raised in Smallville, Kansas, to become an American superhero. Raised with high moral ideals, he uses his incredible strength, speed, flight and various other superpowers to fight evil and protect the innocent. In his civilian identity, he is Clark Kent: a mild-mannered reporter working for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. He is a founding member of the Justice League and, although not technically the first comic book superhero, is one of the most powerful and easily-recognized characters in fiction.
Why He Is A Symbol Of Hope
- In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, especially in comic book history.
- Superman fights a wide variety of evil from the human mad genius Lex Luthor to the ruthless General Zod.
- At many points, he and his powers are put to the test by his ability to rescue others.
- Just as Batman goes toe to toe with Bane, Superman battles Brainiac, Zod, Parasite, or Darkseid, in much larger, grander, and more epic battles.
- Unlike many superheroes, Superman has two loving parents that raised him and still love him to this day.
- He consciously decides to turn his powers into a tool to help mankind on a large scale.
- The fact that every natural disaster, every burning building, and every kitten in a tree is something he can help with, and something those very strong morals of his make him feel obligated to do.
- In spite of his humility and the pressure it puts on him, Kal-El very much enjoys being Superman.
- He represents modern-day immigrants, feeling like a literal alien.
- As Clark Kent, he’s a hard-working, decent, if nerdy, and humble journalist.
- Yet in the past few decades, he has suffered from a severe lack of the proper respect he deserves.
- Iconic as he is, there are some who would argue that he is not actually a particularly interesting character.
- With all his strength and power, he is still vulnerable to Kryptonite, a literal green glowing rock.
- His video games based on him (especially Superman: The New Superman Adventures) aren't really that good, and some of them like the aforementioned Superman 64 have been considered to be some of the worst video games of all time.
- Much like every DC character, he is flanderized in the DCEU movies, where he was made into a boring Jesus allegory. Fortunately, he has improved in Zack Snyder's Justice League.
- His Injustice counterpart is extremely unlikeable, although this is intentional.
- Unfortunately, he is a major victim in the "hero turning evil" trope as there are many versions (or characters with similar powers to Superman; ex. Homelander) who are either evil or decided to turn into a villain.
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