One of my all-time favorite superheroes has been Superman, birth name Kal-El, adopted name Clark Kent, also known as the Man of Steel, The Man of Tomorrow, and the Last Son of Krypton. What intrigued me about Superman was the fact that, unlike most superheroes, Superman was not given his powers, but were born with them. If I was in his shoes, I would like to know what it is like to have powers all my life, which would make me more experienced with them than I would be if I was given them at a late age.
I know everyone believes that Superman is all but invincible because of his immense powers and few weaknesses such as Kryptonite, red sun radiation, or magic, but there are some cases in which Superman nearly dies. In his first battle with the monster Doomsday, Superman was able to defeat Doomsday in a draw, but at the cost of his own life. In the film, Superman Returns, Superman was exposed to enough Kryptonite to give him the strength and vitality of a terminally ill person. In both cases, Superman was pushed to his limits and demonstrated enough vulnerability to show a human side to his otherwise alien nature. Also, the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, demonstrates that despite his overall boy scout demeanor, Superman is not without his flaws and has the potential of turning to the dark side, which breaks my heart.
In general, I admire Superman’s resolve and moral compass, which are things I believe every superhero should have. In this sense, it would be fair to say that Superman is an example of the model superhero. For those of you who have not read his adventures, which I’m sure are only a minuscule number of people, I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking a symbol of hope to rally behind.