There are 2 types of people in the world; Superman people, and Batman people. Which one are you? I am the former. What’s not to like? Faithful, loyal, pretty-boy with a heart as big as the world. He might not be as much of a genius as Batman is, but his chiseled good looks and utter perfection make up for it. Call me superficial, but Superman exudes a romantic charm while donning his underwear on the outside that Batman will never be able to achieve.
Whatever your superhero preference is, we all know that you are going to catch his latest movie soon to air. Before he appears in cinemas near you starting June 13 (advice: start booking now, seats are already starting to sell out), let’s delve a bit more into the history of the man of steel.
There are different types of kryptonite, each with its own specific effects. Comics insinuate that pink kryptonite turns Superman gay.
A child pointed a loaded gun at Christopher Reeve (the first man to ever play Superman in a movie) wanting to see for himself if Superman is able to deflect bullets. Reeve in a ballsy move, told the kid that the bullet would bounce off him and hurt someone else. The kid took his word for it and did not shoot.
3. Muhammad Ali vs. Superman
In comics, Muhammad Ali and Superman went up against each other to decide who was the Earth’s champion. Superman deactivated his powers for a fair match. Ali emerged victorious.
4. Nicolas Cage as Kal-El
A 1990 Tim Burton Superman film casted Nicolas Cage as Kal-El. Kal-El is the birth name of Superman, given to him by his biological parents on planet Krypton. Fortunately, the film never reached production, but Cage walked away with $20 million.
5. Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
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An essay titled “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” by Larry Niven was published in 1971 where it explored the difficulties Superman would face during sex, such as super sperm.
Superman once gained the ability to summon a tiny version of himself which he grew jealous of and tried to kill. The little guy did not fall for Superman's trick, but it ended up sacrificing itself to save Superman from a Kryptonite meteorite.
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7. Solar Energy
Superman gains his power through absorbing solar energy from our sun. No other color of star, besides yellow, would give Superman his powers.
8. First Appearance
Superman’s first appearance in comic books was in 1933. He was a bald, telepathic villain, very much like Lex Luthor.
9. Power Of Flight
Superman was not always able to fly. In 1938, he could only leap 1/8 of a mile.
10. The Superman Curse
The Superman curse is based on a superstition that misfortune often befalls those involved with Superman films. It is frequently associated with George Reeves (1952 Superman TV show) who died from a gunshot wound at age 45, and Christopher Reeve who was paralyzed after a horseback riding accident and passed away at age 52.
"I'm more than a bird, I'm more than a plane, I'm more than some pretty face beside a train. And it's not easy to be me." - Superman (It's Not Easy), Five For Fighting