I am reading Superman: Birthright and getting ready for Man of Steel, and it’s gotten me thinking about Superman.
We often talk about the motivations of a character, or give a well-done for overcoming obstacles, but I don’t know that I’m qualified to do that with Superman. The only Superman movie I’ve seen is the Superman Returns movie by Bryan Singer, which did not endear me to the series.
The only Superman comic I’ve read is the beginning of Birthright. In some ways, I suppose it just makes me a Marvel comics reader. But much of it is that Superman is so much a part of our culture, and so larger than life, that he ends up almost as a cliche. What is it about Superman that both intrigues us so, and bores us so?