Superman is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and ...

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Why are the lights still on in Metropolis in Man of Steel?

While Zod and Superman are duking it out across Metropolis, you see them destroying building after building. What surprises me is that the lights are on in all of the buildings. You'd think that ...
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Does Clark Kent need to get a new shirt every time he turns into Superman? [duplicate]

I was recently watching an episode of Smallville where Clark rips open his shirt and a button pinged off a wall. Besides making me laugh, it made me think: shirts don't open that easily without the ...
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Green Lantern Corps and Krypton

I was wondering if the issue of "why the Green Lantern Corps did not do anything to save Krypton" has come up in the DC Universe. I don't really know enough about the Green Lantern mythology to know ...
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Superman withstanding the vacuum of space?

Superman is often seen floating or flying near Earth's orbit or in outer space. What type of physiology would Superman or any humanoid life-form require to be able to withstand the vacuum of space? ...
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What force does superman exert for propulsion while flying? [duplicate]

What force does superman exert for propulsion while flying? Are there invisible jets of gas we can't see somewhere? Does he have an ion drive hidden under his cape?
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Is Starfire’s race related to Superman’s?

Starfire is from the planet Tameran. She looks humanoid, has the ability to fly, has super-strength and shoots energy beams out of her eyes. Superman is from Krypton and has many of the same ...
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Death of Superman: what is Supergirl?

I recently borrowed the collected Death of Superman from a friend. When Doomsday punches Supergirl in the face, she sort of melts (in the panel with the punch) and then takes on a wholly non-human ...
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Weird Superman time travel

Superman flew around the Earth until it span in the opposite direction, which (of course) causes it to travel backwards in time. If he continued flying faster for a longer period of time could he ...
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Has Superman ever been this violent? [duplicate]

Having just watched "Man of Steel", I have to wonder about the darker side of the movie. I've never heard of an instance before where Is there any other reference of this in canon?
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Why are Superman and Batman against each other? [closed]

I've heard lots about the upcoming Superman vs. Batman movie. But I don't understand why they're fighting against each other. They're both superheroes, trying to fight for the good of humankind, ...
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Identify the source of this Superman video

From which TV ...
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Was General Swanwick & the army aware of Superman's powers (Man of Steel)

In the scene where Clark and Lois are conversing in the interrogation room: Clark reveals that he can in fact see a squad of soldiers in the next room, preparing a tranquilizing agent to subdue him, ...
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In “Lois & Clark” pilot, why does Clark Kent wear glasses?

In the "Lois & Clark" pilot, Clark arrives in Metropolis, looking for a job and adventure. He wants to help people with his abilities, but does not yet have the idea of adopting a "super" alter ...
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When has the daily planet's sculpture fallen? [closed]

When and how many times has the Daily Planet's building's statue at the top has fallen and catched by superman?
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How does Superman conceal his identity with just a pair of glasses? [duplicate]

Almost every other superheroes have a mask or a hood to hide their identity secret. But all Clark Kent uses is a pair of glasses. Is that enough to hide the identity? What is the logic behind this?
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Did Clark's (Kal El's) glasses increase the power of his heat vision?

In Superman II Lois jumps into the Niagara River to test her theory that Clark is actually Superman. Clark uses heat vision to break a branch off of a tree in hopes that Lois can use it as a life ...
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Could Superman really fly? [duplicate]

In the early Action and Superman volumes, Superman is described as "Leaping over skyscrapers", and similar such terms. He is also portrayed as running from place to place, which begs the question, if ...
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Can Superman die from massive blood loss?

Can Superman lacerate himself? If so, could he die from massive blood loss?
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Is there a difference between Superman’s Gotham City and Batman’s? [closed]

Is there any difference between Batman's Gotham City and Superman's Gotham City?What happens if they make a movie in which both appear together? Which city will they show? E.g. in Justice League.
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How did Superman play the “disappearing” game as a kid?

In Superman II, during the final battle between Superman, Zod, Ursa and Non (in the Fortress of Solitude), there was a part where they were disappearing and reappearing as false images (like ...
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Did the World Engine from ‘Man of Steel’ appear in Superman comic books?

Was the concept of a World Engine in "Man of Steel" derived from the Superman comics or invented just for the movie? This article http://dccinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/World_Engine does not ...
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Superman/Supergirl in ancient Rome/Germany?

I recently found this image online, and I would LOVE to know what comic it is from. I am a huge ancient Rome fan, and this looks like a very intriguing scene. Especially because, at least the way ...
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When Lex Luthor ran for president, who did the man on the street think it was?

Background Lex Luthor was presumed dead in Action Comics #660. He re-emerged as his son Lex Luthor II (Cameos in Action Comics #670 and properly revealed in Action Comics #672 - "All This and Lex ...
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Why did Marlon Brando want the “S” to be the symbol of the “House of El”?

This is a follow on from a prior question, to get some details on the "S" symbol. Prior to the 1978 Superman movie the "S" Symbol had no fixed source. However, it is stated that 'it was Marlon ...
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When did Krypton explode?

Is it ever specified when did Krypton explode considering Earth time? I read that Superman took about three years to reach Earth, but I think it was considering the time at the capsule (which would ...
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Why did DC Comics change The Daily Star to The Daily Planet?

When Superman first appeared in comics he worked for The Daily Star (first refereed to in Action Comics #7, Dec 1938 ). Then in the 1940s that all changed, without any in-story explanation and ...
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How strong is Superman on Krypton?

When Superman goes back to visit his home planet (using his ability to travel through time, I guess), is he: an exceptionally strong and athletic Kryptonian? just an average Kryptonian male? a ...
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Is there any sun-color that gives humans “Kryptonian” powers? [duplicate]

Superman famously gets his powers from the light of the yellow sun, and loses them from the light of a red sun. Is that a purely Kryptonian phenomenon, or does the "color of sunlight" have larger ...
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Do they refer to Albert Einstein on planet Krypton in Superman?

My recollection of the original Superman movie with Christopher Reeves shows baby Superman heading to earth in a rocketship. Along the way the rocketship talks to Superman teaching him things. At ...
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Clark Kent as Cold War Reporter

Did Clark Kent, as a reporter, ever react to the major impacts that journalism had during the Cold War, such as Watergate and the Iran-Contra Affair, or even modern stories like WikiLeaks? Obviously ...
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1960's Batman and Superman?

Has there ever been a team-up of Batman from the 1960's tv series with a superman of the same period? I don't think it ever happened in the tv series, but say in a comic or cartoon, even if it's a ...
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Are Superman's costume changes scientifically possible (manipulating Atoms)?

In several 'dress changing' scenes in the original Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve, we can see that the movie director opted to show the audience that Clark Kent's ordinary clothing gets ...
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Shouldn't Superman Be (Literally) Black?

Supposedly Superman gets his powers from absorbing sunlight. I've read that plants on planets with dim red dwarf suns would likely appear black to our eyes, absorbing across the entire visible ...
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Is Superman the same species as humans?

Lois can interbreed with Superman in Superman Returns. Does that mean Superman is a subspecies of Homo Sapien?
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How does 'Man of Steel' differ from how Superman is portrayed elsewhere?

For example, I can spot a few: Originally, Lois didn't know who Clark Kent is. In Man of Steel, Lois knows. In original superman, Superman's main job is to stop petty crimes, like robbery, etc. In ...
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How can the Kandorians(Kryptonians) have their powers?

We see that in the 9th season of Smallville, both in the first and the ninth episode, the Kandorians - whose genes were laced with blue kryptonite - have powers (example, Alia). How can they have ...
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How long was Zod initially supposed to stay in the phantom zone?

In Man of Steel, Zod is sent to the phantom zone for high treason. But for how long exactly? LOR-EM : General Zod, for the crimes of murder and high treason, the Council has sentenced you and your ...
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Excessive force used by Superman mysteriously fails to cause injury?

It was established in an answer to another question that Sheldon from Big Bang Theory was wrong to say that Superman doesn't have enough space to gently decelerate Lois when he catches her and a ...
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Can Superman Starve To Death? [duplicate]

We know that Superman does eat "human" food. However, is it really necessary for him to eat, i.e. can he starve to death? If yes, would he take the same time to die as an average human? Also the same ...
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Why did Lex Luthor tell Mercy to call his attorney?

At the end of Superman: Brainiac Attacks, a Kryptonite orb in Brainiac's body was found to have the Lex Corp label. Luthor then told Mercy to call his attorney in front of everyone. It was like he was ...
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How did Superman return from the Phantom Zone?

In Superman: Brainiac Attacks telefilm, Superman went to Phantom Zone to obtain an element to cure Lois Lane from Kryptonite poisoning. After obtaining the element, he did return to Metropolis to save ...
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Is Sheldon right that Superman would have killed Lois when he caught her?

Quoted from The Big Bang Theory: Penny: Yeah, I do like the one where Lois Lane falls from the helicopter and Superman swooshes down and catches her, which one was that? Leonard, Sheldon ...
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How come the Green kryptonite didn't kill baby Clark on the way to Smallville?

We know that Clark Kent (Superman) is "allergic" to green Kryptonite. His blood "boils" around it and it may be fatal to him. He first came to Smallville in 1984 along with the debris from Krypton ...
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Why did Clark go to Nevada?

In the Smallville Episode "Unsafe" (S04E11) , Alicia Baker "drugs" Clark by giving him red kryptonite and then they decide to get married. We then skip to a scene in a chapel where Alicia and Clark ...
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Floating glove scene in Man of Steel. What does it mean?

In the movie Man of Steel, General Zod and Superman fought in an unfinished building. In that scene, General Zod mentioned that "trained all his life to master his senses" and then removed his armor ...
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Can Superman reverse time in comics by flying faster than speed of light?

I recall hearing people (deservedly) ridiculing the Superman movie (the one with Reeves) for the "fly faster than the speed of light, so he can reverse time and go back to the past" plot device. Was ...
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What is the significance Superman's suit? [closed]

What is the significance of a long piece of red colored cloth in Superman's suit?
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What is somatic reconditioning and what does it do to a Kryptonian?

In the movie Man of Steel, General Zod and his followers were sentenced to "300 cycles of somatic reconditioning" (not sure if I got that right). What exactly is somatic reconditioning and what does ...
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What actually happens to Superman when he is exposed to kryptonite?

When Superman is exposed to kryptonite he becomes weak. What actually happens to Superman when he is exposed to kryptonite?
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Are these images of Nicolas Cage as Superman real?

I recently found out Nicolas Cage was involved in a cancelled Superman movie. I have seen a couple of images of him dressed as Supes The first image looks almost like a fake but it appear in many ...