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Superman, the most iconic of superheroes

With his blue suit and red cape, Superman is considered to be the first superhero in American comics. Created for DC Comics by the duo Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the hero from the planet Krypton never ceases to return to the big screen or television, notably as part of the Justice League.

Could Superman have been a villain?

Siegel and Shuster originally imagined a super-powered character with telepathic powers who would wreak havoc and destruction on Earth. They hoped to have the stories of this monster published as comic strips in a newspaper... but nobody was interested, not even Detective Comics, for whom they had previously worked. So they came up with the idea of making a good guy out of him.

And in 1938, a new comics magazine was to be launched, Action Comics. With Superman on the cover, the first issue was quite successful, launching the career of the gentle superhero.

Because when you think about it, Superman has the power to destroy the world if he wanted to. He could become immensely rich and powerful... but he always chooses to do good. Or at least to fight evil.

In Superman's adventures, this evil is embodied by various enemies:

  • Lex Luthor, one of the few humans to stand up to Superman thanks to his intelligence and wealth.
  • Darkseid, from the planet Apokolips, with his skin of stone. His ultimate goal is to eliminate free will in the universe. His name is pronounced "dark side".
  • Brainiac, an artificial consciousness from the planet Colu, his ultimate goal is to gather the knowledge of the entire universe and keep it for himself. In some continuities, he is said to be responsible for the destruction of Krytpon. While his physical body can be destroyed, his artificial consciousness can be "reincarnated" in robots or even biological organisms.
  • General Zod, the former head of Krypton's armies. A megalomaniac, he survived the destruction of his planet because he was locked up in the Phantom Zone for his crimes. He regularly escapes and comes to Earth to enjoy the same powers as Superman.

Sun and kryptonite

In the Superman universe, the Kryptonians are not super-powered beings. Kal-El (Superman's Kryptonian name) acquires his powers when he arrives on Earth, thanks to the energy of the sun. This is also what attracts General Zod to our planet...

On the other hand, Superman is sensitive to kryptonite, a gem-like material native to his planet Krypton. The radiation from kryptonite can cause him to lose his powers and even kill him if exposed to intense levels. There are three forms of this material:

  • Green kryptonite, which causes him to lose his powers and can kill him
  • Red kryptonite, which not only weakens him, but also makes him lose his sense of morality. It can also be used to transfer Superman's powers to humans, or to make him lose control of his powers.

Superman on screen

Superman, aka Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, made his big screen debut in 1978 in Richard Donner's Superman. Played by Christopher Reeve, the film tells the story of his arrival on Earth, on a farm in Smallville, and then in Metropolis, where he meets his eternal love Lois Lane, with whom he works for the Daily Planet newspaper. He then has to foil the plans of Lex Luthor, the first person on Earth to discover kryptonite.

The film was followed by three sequels. In the second, he must confront General Zod, while in the third a computer genius, Gus Gorman, creates an altered kryptonite that makes Superman self-centred and immoral.

In 2001, the series "Smallville" appeared on television, named after Superman's "home" town. Ironically, Smallville was only intended to be an episode of a live-action series starring Batman, but the idea was revived to explore Superman's youth. He is played by Tom Welling, who has already met a young Lex Luthor, and is surrounded by Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack).

In 2013, the adult Superman takes on the features of Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder's film "Man of Steel", a reboot of the series in the cinema. The series led to the long-awaited confrontation in the film "Batman VS Superman: The Age of Justice", based on the confrontation between the two superheroes in the "Dark Knight" comic books. On this occasion, they met Diana, better known as Wonder Woman, and this was the cinematic debut of the Justice League, which was joined by Flash and Aquaman in the film "Justice League". But the latter was a box-office failure, and Zack Snyder felt obliged to rework it according to his original intentions, creating his director's cut: "Zack Snyder's Justice League", available on HBO Max. This film was much more popular with fans, despite being almost 4 hours long!