Hi, everyone. This is just a little thing I wanted to share with you all. Everyone has a favorite superhero of theirs. When asked who my favorite superhero is, I will always answer with: Batman. I mean, who doesn't like Batman? He's cool, kicks ass, has awesome stories, and is the being that defines incorruptible justice.
But he's not what I'm talking about today. Although Batman is my favorite superhero, I have another as what hero I respect the most: Superman. Yes, yes. I know. "Superman is boring! He is overpowered! He's not relatable! He's completely bland!" I humbly request to speak my piece. While Superman can easily be a polarizing figure for superhero fans, I doubt anyone would deny that he isn't the first character to pop into their heads when someone says "superhero."
I remember the old days where all the kids looked up to Superman. Superman was the superhero that everyone wanted to be: A true-blue hero who will always save the day despite the odds, and even get the girl while he's at it. He was everything you could want in a superhero. So what happened?
We grew up. Our views widened and we quickly latched onto other heroes while we discard our former hero. We found better heroes that were more interesting, cool, or related to us more. I can't really argue against that. So why the hell do I respect Superman the most?
Because he is what a hero should be. He's selfless. He does everything to protect the people. He knows what is right and wrong. He's intimidating, but also a comforting figure.
He is THE superhero.
Yes. I know that can be said for many other superheroes. However, Superman is a special case. When I think "All-American Hero", I don't think of someone like Captain America who was designed to be this. I think of Superman.
While I put Superman on a tall pedestal as the figure that represents absolute hope and righteousness, many people often try to knock him down due to the obvious arguments of him being a goody-two-shoes. Well
yeah. That's kind of the point. Superman is the hero that people aspire to be. He is kind, just, and all things good. Everyone wants to do good if they had the chance and the ability to do so. That's what I think Superman is: The possibility of a better tomorrow. Hope.
I will not say I love all of Superman's stories. They do get pretty ridiculous and preachy, but I still enjoy watching or reading of Superman saving the day.
It seems that I painted Superman as purely a figure instead of a character. All right. Let's look into that aspect of him. Superman is like a god that was sent to Earth to protect its people from the evils of the world, the galaxy, the universe and beyond.
But he is also a farm boy from Kansas. It may seem at times (no thanks to certain writers) that Superman simply looks down on us from his high stance as an alien with better ideals than us, but he was RAISED as one of us. While I'm sure there have been stories and times that said otherwise, Superman has always considered himself Clark Kent first: A normal journalist for the Daily Planet with a thing for his female coworker. His point of view is shared with ours as he grew up. It's when he realized he had powers that he became the hero was all know. That's where I got the whole "possibility of a better tomorrow" idea from. He's one of us who turned out to have superpowers.
And then there's Superman having to persevere being the idealistic hero despite all the crap and criticisms he has been put through. Yes, I know it has been done before, especially with Spider-Man. However, I think Superman is the only one who has never questioned what he should do. He KNEW what he should do. To quote Vandal Savage from the Justice League episode "Hereafter":
"Do what you do best. What you were born to do: save the world."
I really hope this didn't come off as too cheesy. Oh! And to help show Superman as the hero he is, please check out the first season of ItsJustSomeRandomGuy's "Hi, I'm a Marvel
and I'm a DC" videos on YouTube!