A rough and unsparing film.
You've been told that Superman not a "relatable" character. After all, he's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and all that jazz. How is a disgruntled, debt-ridden, under-employed 21st century audience supposed to identify with a character who's basically a God? That's the wrong question to ask, argues Sean Burns.
Superman always seems to need to be revamped, revived, and recycled. He is, to use comics critic Tom Crippen's keen phrase, the mainstream comics' industry's "hood ornament." In this extensively annotated list, Simon Abrams picks the 10 most influential and astonishing visions of the Man of Steel.