It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Superman!
Today is the birthday of Kal-El, this strange visitor from the planet called Krypton, who came to our planet Earth with powers that makes him faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, having the ability to leap tall buildings from a single bound. And that is why this Leap Day is the day of Superman, who is also known as mild-mannered “Daily Planet” reporter Clark Kent, who was raised in Smallville, Kansas by his adoptive Earth parents Jonathan and Martha.
From George Reeves to Christopher Reeve to Dean Cain to Tom Wellling to Brandon Routh to now Henry Cavill, the adventures of Superman – old and new – still continues on the big and small screen: helping the legend of the Man of Steel in his never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way. Come this spring, though, that legend will be tested in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” as the Bat of Gotham (Ben Affleck) – aka the Son of Gotham – wants to make the Man of Steel – aka the Son of Krypton – bleed … like a man. Still, Superman is no Robin Hood, outlaw, or vigilante because he always helps maintain law and order in Metropolis: championing the underdog and oppressed, rescuing the innocent and helpless, defending the weak and downtrodden, serving as an ambassador in becoming an idealistic symbol for hope, peace, light, and goodness. To illustrate, Superman is somewhat similar to the Lone Ranger, the Masked Man who thundered across the plains on his trusty steed Silver in the fight to uphold law and justice in the Old West.
Superman is also the cousin of CBS’ “Supergirl”, whose growing legend as the Girl of Steel continues in tonight’s new episode entitled “Solitude” when Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) enters the Fortress of Solitude for information that will help her defeat the villainous supercomputer Indigo (Laura Vandervoort, aka Supergirl on CW’s “Smallville”).
You can say that Superman is “The Man Who Could Not Die”, which was also the entitled episode of CBS’ “Wonder Woman”, in which the title guest protagonist teams up with Lynda Carter’s titular female superhero in stopping an evil scientist from creating an army of supermen. Had “Wonder Woman” been renewed for a fourth season, it would have been a reboot with this premise: the Amazonian warrior princess Wonder Woman – aka government agent Diana Prince – and a modern-day man of steel – without the blue suit, red cape and boots – fights for what’s right and might against the forces of evil and corruption.
“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, co-starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, comes out March 25. “The Adventures of Superman” and “Wonder Woman” airs every Saturday night on Me-TV.