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Quote of the Day | Why, after 75 years, Superman endures

batman-superman1“What makes it compelling as a story and a character is his tremendous backstory, which sets up the character as someone who is different than everybody, but striving to help. That sense of somebody that is an ‘other,’ someone who doesn’t belong but is doing his best to do the right thing all of the time. That’s incredibly compelling and universal. All of us, no matter how much we feel complete, sometimes feel like we’re on the outside, feel like we’re alone, feel like we’re strange and different. That’s why the Harry Potter books and movies are so popular. That’s why the X-Men are so popular. That’s why just about every pop culture phenomenon you can think of is so popular.

It’s amazing how many of the stories we love to cherish explore that sense of being different. That’s a universal human condition. And the reason Superman, in particular, is so compelling is because he’s on the outside, yet he’s doing his best to help everybody. That moral core of the character is something that we all, deep down, want to aspire towards. It’s that struggle to do the right thing that is really compelling. And it’s not easy for him. I think that’s another thing that great Superman writers have explored over the years. This is a guy that — everything should be easy for him because he’s Superman and he can do anything, but he is still in a constant struggle to figure out what the right thing to do is and how to do it.”

Greg Pak, writer of DC’s upcoming Batman/Superman series, explaining to Comic Book Resources what makes the Man of Steel such a compelling character



Jake Earlewine

March 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

“What makes it compelling as a story and a character is his tremendous backstory” which could have been said of all DC’s finest characters. So why did DC then throw away everybody’s backstories and reboot the entire line?

Sounds like the upcoming Batman/ Superman comic is another one Jake might take a stand against by reading for 12 minutes at the LCS and refusing to purchase. Fight the power Jake!!!

@ John


Well, that’s one way to look at Superman. I don’t subscribe to this belief that Supes should wander around wondering what to do and how different he is from everybody else, but it’s definitely valid. The wealth of backstory translates to many different interpretations.

Morrison had a moment in the beginning of his Action run when he was making Clark into Peter Parker. Now Pak wants to remake him into Scott Summers. And I just hope we’ll get some Clark Kent-Clark Kent from Diggle.

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