Why is Superman So Famous?

Superman mural

Written by Frankie Cameron

Are you a fan of Superman? You know, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings, etc.

I have to admit that until recently I wasn’t a fan, maybe because I thought hiding behind a pair of glasses was silly. How could Lois Lane, the greatest reporter in the world, not see past the glasses? Batman and Spiderman at least had disguises. 

Writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster created Superman in 1938 as part of DC comics. He has appeared in comics, movies and television series. Superman appeared first in a series of animated clips before two serial movies in 1948 and 1950. The first feature film debuted in 1951, titled Superman and the Mole Men.

Superman tells the story of a baby from the planet of Krypton sent to earth with miraculous ability who grows up to be the Man of Steel, helping people and averting disasters that could end the world.

Superman’s Powers

What makes superman so special? According to Book Riot, superman’s powers are:

  • Freeze Breath
  • Heat Vision
  • Invulnerability
  • Microscopic Vision
  • Power of Flight
  • Super Hearing
  • Super Intelligence
  • Super Speed
  • Super Strength
  • Telescopic Vision
  • Time Travel
  • Ventriloquist
  • X-Ray Vision

Although Superman has all these powers, it might be his compassion towards humanity that is his greatest superpower. His ability to always do the right thing, even when it’s harder. His ability to be a symbol of hope in dark times.

Superman’s only known weakness is green kryptonite, which nullifies his powers and red kryptonite, which changes his personality. 

Man ripping oven his shirt like superman; man with a cpae in the distance

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Movies About Superman

Here is a look at the films featuring Superman that made him so famous. Caution spoilers ahead.

Superman (1978)

With time running out on the doomed planet of Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his son to earth to preserve the Kryptonian race. Kal-El grows up as Clark Kent, he discovers his supernatural abilities and eventually learns the truth about his heritage.

Clark grows up in Smallville before moving to Metropolis, where he becomes a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper. Superman realizes he must use his abilities for good and becomes a champion of truth and justice and becomes his alter-ego, Superman, a defender of law and order. However, deep below Metropolis, Lex Luthor is plotting evil. Can Superman thwart his nasty plans and save millions of innocent people?

Superman II (1980)

Superman’s adventure continues when he saves France by throwing a nuclear bomb deep into space. Big problem, the bomb explodes and frees three Kryptonian criminals from captivity in the Phantom Zone.

Superman has relinquished his superhero powers to live happily ever after with Lois Lane. As the criminals, Ursa, Non and their leader General Zod, join up with Lex Luthor to take over the world, Clark Kent has to decide whether to regain Superman’s powers and face his biggest battle yet.

Superman III (1983)

Superman has saved the world from villains from Earth and Krypton but now he is up against a super-computer, Brainiac, and an evil programmer, Gus Gorman, set to destroy him. But if the world’s most powerful computer can control Superman, then nobody on earth is safe. In between his attempts to save the world, Clark returns to his old High School and meets an old flame, Lana Lang. Throw in some red kryptonite and Superman turns into his own worst enemy.

Supergirl (1984)

This movie is not technically about Superman but his cousin, Kara-El, comes to earth looking for a powerful orb. What she finds instead are dangerous battles, unexpected obstacles and a confrontation with a wicked witch.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Nuclear Power in the best hands, is dangerous but in the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. Lex Luthor clones Superman to make Nuclear Man so he can take over the world arms market. Luthor hopes Nuclear Man will take on and beat Superman. Thankfully, Superman saves the Statue of Liberty, repulses a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, and rebuilds the demolished Great Wall of China. Can he save the world again?

Superman Returns (2006)

After a five-year search for Kryptonian survivors, Superman returns to earth and discovers that Lois Lane has moved on with her life, has a son and is engaged. Superman must prove himself to the world while battling his old nemesis, Lex Luthor.

Man of Steel (2013)

Much like the first Superman movie, this story involves Jor-El sending his son to earth. Kal-El grows up as Clark Kent discovers his supernatural abilities and eventually learns the truth about his heritage. He must become a hero to save the world from destruction.

Batman versus Superman (2016)

In this movie, after Superman (played by Henry Cavill) demonstrates his powers to the world, Batman poses the question “What would happen if Superman turned evil?” Batman puts Superman to the test. Throw in Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and the mysterious Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) and Superman has his hands full.

Justice League (2017)

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash come together to fight against the evil Steppenwolf. Can this super squad defeat him or are they too late?

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Television Series About Superman

Here is a quick look at the television shows featuring Superman. Caution spoiler alerts ahead.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)

The series finds Superman in his twenties, working side by side at the daily planet fighting his attraction to Lois Lane while saving people and getting into one adventure after another.

Smallville (2001-2011)

Smallville sets itself apart by focusing on the lesser discussed niche of Clark’s earliest developmental days. It chronicles the struggles of Clark Kent as he develops his powers while navigating his teenage years. Raised by Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark attempts to always do the right thing, even when that interferes with his relationships and friendships. Keeping his secret is almost impossible with the wealthy Lex Luthor snooping around, not to mention the others affected by the Kryptonian debris from the meteor shower.

Krypton (2018-2019)

The prequel to Superman features the untold story of Seg-El, his grandfather. Set before the destruction of Krypton, the house of El stands in disgrace and Seg is part of the rankless. When an opportunity to reinstate the House of El presents itself, Seg must choose between love and honour. Adam Strange complicates matters when he arrives from the future and warns Seg of Krypton’s future destruction and the danger of Superman, his grandson never being born.

Supergirl (2015 to 2021)

Kara-El is sent to earth to protect her famous cousin Superman, however, a collision with the phantom zone has her arriving long afterward. Now in her early twenties, Kara discovers her purpose and joins with the Department of Extra-Normal Operations to protect the Earth from Alien Menaces.

Superman and Lois (2021 – present)

After Superman loses his mother, this CW series focuses on Lois and Clark raising their twin sons in Smallville. With their son developing uncontrollable powers of his own, the mysterious John Henry Irons, wealthy Morgan Edge and a few mysteries, Superman and Lois dodge one crisis after another.

Final Thoughts

As a writer, I can now appreciate the epic mythology and world building of Superman. He is himself as Superman, while Clark Kent is the secret identity he hides behind. Have I left any great Superman television shows or movies from this list? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time



Feature image by StockSnap from Pixabay.

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