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Real name Clark Joseph Kent, né Kal-El (véritable identité)

Superman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character is considered an American cultural icon. The Superman character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1933; the character was sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, newspaper strips, television programs, films, and video games. With the character's success, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book.

Superman's appearance is distinctive and iconic; he usually wears a blue costume, red cape, and stylized red-and-yellow "S" shield on his chest. This shield is used in a myriad of media to symbolize the character. The origin story of Superman relates that he was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton's destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early on he started to display superhuman abilities, which, upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use for the benefit of humanity. Superman resides and operates in the fictional American city of Metropolis. As Clark Kent, Superman's secret identity, he is a journalist for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis newspaper. Superman's primary love interest is Lois Lane, and his archenemy is supervillain Lex Luthor.

Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural theorists, commentators, and critics alike exploring the character's impact and role in the United States and worldwide. The character's ownership has often been the subject of dispute, with Siegel and Shuster twice suing for the return of legal ownership. Superman has been labeled as the greatest comic book hero of all time by IGN, as the editors pointed out that Superman was the blueprint for superheroes as we know them today. Like other characters in the DC Universe, several alternative versions of Superman have been produced.

Biography

Given the serial nature of comic publishing and the length of the character's existence, Superman has evolved as a character over the years. The details of Superman's origin, relationships and abilities changed significantly during the character's publication, from what is considered the Golden Age of Comic Books through the Modern Age. Superman's powers and villains were developed through the 1940s, with Superman developing the ability to fly, and costumed villains introduced in 1941. The character was shown as learning of the existence of Krypton in 1949. The concept itself had originally been established to the reader in 1939 in the Superman comic strip.

The 1960s saw the introduction of a second Superman. DC had established a multiverse within the fictional universe its characters shared. This allowed characters published in the 1940s to exist alongside updated counterparts published in the 1960s. This was explained to the reader through the notion that the two groups of characters inhabited parallel Earths. The second Superman was introduced to explain to the reader Superman's membership in both the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America and the 1960s superhero team the Justice League of America.

The 1980s saw radical revisions of the character. DC decided to remove the multiverse in a bid to simplify its comics line. This led to the rewriting of the back story of the characters DC published, Superman included. John Byrne rewrote Superman, removing many established conventions and characters from continuity, including Superboy and Supergirl. Byrne also re-established Superman's adoptive parents, The Kents, as characters. In the previous continuity, the characters had been written as having died early in Superman's life (about the time of Clark Kent's graduation from high school).



In 1992 Superman was killed by the villain Doomsday, although the character was soon resurrected the following year. Superman also marries Lois Lane in 1996. His origin is again revisited in 2004. In 2006 Superman is stripped of his powers, although these are restored within a fictional year.

After a confrontation with Brainiac that results in his father's death, Superman discovers the lost city of Kandor, which contains 10,000 Kryptonians. Their stay on Earth causes trouble, and the Kryptonians create their own planet, New Krypton. Eventually, New Krypton wages war against Earth. The two sides sustain major casualties and most of the Kryptonians are killed. Superman then starts a journey to reconnect with his adopted home world.

In 2011, DC Comics relaunched its entire line of comic books, including the Superman franchise, in order to make the characters more modern and accessible. In the new continuity, Clark is no longer married to Lois and his parents died when he was in high school. Superman wears a ceremonial battle armor which pays tribute to his Kryptonian heritage. The armor is similar to his classic outfit, with the difference of lacking the traditional red briefs. In Superman (Vol 3) #38 (February 2015), the armor was destroyed and he received a new cloth costume with a few cosmetic differences. As of March 2015, it was announced Superman would be using a different outfit, consisting on a simple blue T-shirt with the 'S symbol', and regular jeans and tennis shoes, for Action Comics vol. 2 #41 (June 2015) as part of a storyline in which Superman is significantly depowered and his secret identity exposed to the whole world, forcing him to drastically change his approach to heroism and struggle with weakness for the first time.


Age and birthday
Superman's age has varied through his history in comics. His age was originally left undefined, with real time references to specific years sometimes given to past events in Golden Age and early Silver Age comics. In comics published between the early 1970s and early 1990s, his age was usually cited as 29 years old. However, during "The Death of Superman" storyline, Clark's age was given as 34 years old (in a fictional promotional newspaper published), while 1994's "Zero Hour" timeline established his age as 35.

In the Golden Age, 1950's Action Comics #149 gives October as Superman's birthdate. In Silver Age and Bronze Age stories, Superman's birthday is described as being on February 29, as shown in Superman Annual #11 in 1985. Clark Kent, meanwhile, would celebrate his birthday on June 18, the date the Kents first found Clark (June 18 is also the birthdate of Superman voice actor Bud Collyer.) Post-Crisis stories also reference February 29 as Clark Kent's birthday, as shown in Action Comics #655 (July 1990). However, 2009's Superman: Secret Origin depicts Clark celebrating his birthday on December 1.


Personality

In the original Siegel and Shuster stories, Superman's personality is rough and aggressive. The character often attacks and terrorizes wife beaters, profiteers, lynch mobs, and gangsters in a rough manner and with a looser moral code than audiences today might be used to. Although not as ruthless as the early Batman, Superman in the comics of the 1930s is unconcerned about the harm his strength may cause. He tosses villainous characters in such a manner that fatalities would presumably occur, although these are seldom shown explicitly on the page. This came to an end in late 1940 when new editor Whitney Ellsworth instituted a code of conduct for his characters to follow, banning Superman from ever killing. The character was softened and given a sense of humanitarianism. Ellsworth's code, however, is not to be confused with "the Comics Code", which was created in 1954 by the Comics Code Authority and ultimately abandoned by every major comic book publisher by the early 21st century.

In his first appearances, Superman was considered a vigilante by the authorities, being fired upon by the National Guard as he razed a slum so that the government would create better housing conditions for the poor. By 1942, however, Superman was working side-by-side with the police. Today, Superman is commonly seen as a brave and kind-hearted hero with a strong sense of justice, morality, and righteousness. He adheres to an unwavering moral code instilled in him by his adoptive parents. His commitment to operating within the law has been an example to many citizens and other heroes but has stirred resentment and criticism among others, who refer to him as the "big blue boy scout." Superman can be rather rigid in this trait, causing tensions in the superhero community. This was most notable with Wonder Woman, one of his closest friends, after she killed Maxwell Lord. Booster Gold had an initial icy relationship with the Man of Steel but grew to respect him.

Having lost his home world of Krypton, Superman is very protective of Earth, and especially of Clark Kent's family and friends. This same loss, combined with the pressure of using his powers responsibly, has caused Superman to feel lonely on Earth, despite having his friends and parents. Previous encounters with people he thought to be fellow Kryptonians, Power Girl (who is, in fact from the Krypton of the Earth-Two universe) and Mon-El, have led to disappointment. The arrival of Supergirl, who has been confirmed to be not only from Krypton but also his cousin, has relieved this loneliness somewhat. Superman's Fortress of Solitude acts as a place of solace for him in times of loneliness and despair.

In Superman/Batman #3 (Dec. 2003), Batman, under writer Jeph Loeb, observes, "It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then ... he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to 'him'." In writer Geoff Johns' Infinite Crisis #1 (Dec. 2005), part of the 2005–2006 "Infinite Crisis" crossover storyline, Batman admonishes him for identifying with humanity too much and failing to provide the strong leadership that superhumans need.


Other versions

Both the multiverse established by the publishers in the 1960s and the Elseworlds line of comics established in 1989 have allowed writers to introduce variations on Superman. These have included differences in the nationality, race and morality of the character. Alongside such reimaginings, a number of characters have assumed the title of Superman, especially in the wake of "The Death of Superman" storyline, wherein four newly introduced characters are seen to claim the mantle. In addition to these, the Bizarro character created in 1958 is a weird, imperfect duplicate of Superman. Other members of Superman's family of characters have borne the Super- prefix, including Supergirl, Krypto the Superdog, and Superwoman. Outside comics published by DC, the notoriety of the Superman or "Übermensch" archetype makes the character a popular figure to be represented through an analogue in entirely unrelated continuities. For example, Roy Thomas based rival publisher Marvel Comics' Hyperion character on Superman.

Best films

Played by the actors

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Filmography of Superman (47 films)

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, 1h47
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Jeu, Batman films, Superhero films, Films about toys, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie
Rating66% 3.3011453.3011453.3011453.3011453.301145
Cela fait cinq ans que tout était génial et les citoyens font face à une nouvelle menace énorme : les Duplo envahissent l'espace, détruisant tout plus vite qu'ils ne peuvent reconstruire.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Animation
Actors Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Kristen Bell
Rating68% 3.413413.413413.413413.413413.41341
Robin et les autres membres de la Teen Titans, sont assez déçus d'être les seuls superhéros de l'univers DC Comics à ne pas avoir eu leur propre film. Ils vont tout faire pour devenir des superhéros légendaires, afin de remédier à cela. Vont-ils y arriver et avoir leur film ?
The Lego Batman Movie, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Animation
Themes Jeu, Batman films, Superhero films, Films about toys, Dystopian films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Jenny Slate
Rating72% 3.648573.648573.648573.648573.64857
Parvenant toujours à sauver Gotham City des attaques des super-vilains, Batman est devenu arrogant pour mieux cacher sa profonde solitude. Vexé, le Joker se laisse enfermer à l’asile d'Arkham. Mais Batman comme Barbara Gordon, la nouvelle commissaire de la ville, soupçonnent un plan caché. Le Joker cherche à rejoindre la zone fantôme pour s'allier avec les pires méchants. Batman en cherchant bien faire qui l'y envoie avec l'aide de Robin. Le Joker parvient à s'échapper de la zone fantôme à la tête d'une armée des pires méchants. Batman devra travailler en équipe pour sauver Gotham.
Justice League Dark, 1h15
Directed by Jay Oliva
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Animation
Themes Batman films, Superman films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Jason O'Mara, Matt Ryan, Camilla Luddington, Enrico Colantoni, Roger Cross, Jeremy Davies
Rating71% 3.5525953.5525953.5525953.5525953.552595
La Ligue de justice d'Amérique est contrainte de faire appel aux services spécifiques de John Constantine et de ses camarades spécialistes de l'occultisme pour contrer une importante menace d'invasion.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2h31
Directed by Zack Snyder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane
Rating63% 3.1943953.1943953.1943953.1943953.194395
Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked, while another threat endangers humankind.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans, 1h19
Origin USA
Genres Action, Animation
Actors Taissa Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jake Toranzo Austin, Jason O'Mara, Shemar Moore
Rating70% 3.502843.502843.502843.502843.50284
La Ligue des Justiciers combat la Légion du Destin (Lex Luthor, Toymaster, Weather Wizard, Cheetah et Solomon Grundy). Weather Wizard s'enfuit quand ses camarades sont battus, mais devient possédé par l'ombre des serviteurs de Trigon. Robin (Damian Wayne) désobéit aux ordres de son père de mettre les civils en sécurité, pensant pouvoir aider la Ligue des Justiciers à combattre le sorcier possédé et l'assaillir, le vaincre et le forcer l'ombre de Trigon à quitter son corps. Bouleversé qu'il n'y ait pas de réponse à cet événement et pour que son fils apprenne le travail d'équipe, Batman envoie Robin rejoindre les Teen Titans. Pendant ce temps, le serviteur de Trigon possède Superman, lui infligeant des visions d'ombres démoniaques.
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League - Gotham City Breakout, 1h12
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Jeu, Batman films, Superman films, Superhero films, Films about toys, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Greg Cipes, John DiMaggio, Will Friedle, Amy Hill
Rating61% 3.0750553.0750553.0750553.0750553.075055
Batman doit faire face au plus grand défi de sa vie : les vacances ! Le chevalier noir accepte à contre-coeur de laisser Batgirl et Nightwing l'emmener pour un repos longtemps repoussé loin de la lutte contre le crime, laissant Gotham City sous la protection de Superman et de la Ligue des Justiciers. Rien ne se déroule comme prévu lorsque les vacances de Batman sont écourtées par des dangers provenant de son passé et des envahisseurs du centre de la Terre. Superman et les autres membres de la Ligue des Justiciers réalisent très vite la quantité de travail qu'a Batman dans sa lutte quotidienne contre le crime à Gotham.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, 1h12
Directed by Jay Oliva
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about children, Seafaring films, Transport films, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films based on video games, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Matt Lanter, Samuel Witwer, Jason O'Mara, Sumalee Montano, Sean Patrick Thomas, Sirena Irwin
Rating67% 3.354113.354113.354113.354113.35411
In the Atlantic Ocean, the USS California submarine picks up incoming human-like threats approaching the sub by sonar. The sub is attacked, leaving the entire crew dead by the invading hostiles. At S.T.A.R. Labs' Justice League headquarters, Cyborg is given news by Colonel Steve Trevor over the sunken sub. Cyborg decides to check it himself, deciding against Trevor's idea of calling the other superheroes, as he puts it "there is no Justice League".
Justice League: Gods and Monsters, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Animation
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Benjamin Bratt, Michael C. Hall, Tamara Taylor, Jason Isaacs, Paget Brewster, C. Thomas Howell
Rating70% 3.5007353.5007353.5007353.5007353.500735
In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. This universe has its own versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman:
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, 49minutes
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Films based on video games, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Diedrich Bader, Troy Baker, Nolan North, Khary Payton, Kari Wahlgren, James Arnold Taylor
Rating59% 2.965342.965342.965342.965342.96534
Superman’s clone Bizarro has become an embarrassing problem. Chaos and destruction follow Bizarro everywhere as he always hears the opposite of what is said, says the opposite of what he means and does the opposite of what is right. And when the citizens of Metropolis keep confusing Bizarro with Superman, the Man of Steel decides it’s time to find a new home for him....on another planet! It’s up to the Justice League to come to terms with their backward counterparts and team up with them to stop Darkseid and save the galaxy!
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League  Attack of the Legion of Doom!, 1h12
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Films about toys, Films about video games, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films based on video games, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Mark Hamill, Troy Baker, Nolan North, John DiMaggio, Khary Payton, Josh Keaton
Rating63% 3.158093.158093.158093.158093.15809
Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom.
Justice League: War, 1h19
Directed by Jay Oliva
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about children, Films set in the future, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Jason O'Mara, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Gorham, Zach Callison, Alan Tudyk, Justin Kirk
Rating73% 3.6507253.6507253.6507253.6507253.650725
A series of strange abductions have occurred in Gotham City, Central City, Coast City and Metropolis among others. Video footage suggests that Batman, a wanted, costumed vigilante, is behind the incidents. When a mysterious, burly, cloaked kidnapper abducts a woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) arrives to confront the kidnapper and saves the woman when she is dropped from above. Green Lantern then attacks the kidnapper, revealing it to be a monstrous Parademon. The creature defeats Green Lantern soundly, and as he is about to be killed, Batman appears and attacks the Parademon, trying to interrogate it. The Parademon then attacks both heroes. They escape from the city's police and chase the creature into the sewers, where it charges a Mother Box and explodes. Batman and Green Lantern examine the box, deduce that it is of extraterrestrial origin, and decide to ask Superman for an answer. Another Mother Box, supplied by The Flash (Barry Allen) is being studied at S.T.A.R. Labs. Doctor Silas Stone, father of Vic Stone, deliberately misses his son's football game so he can study the box. Arriving in Metropolis, Batman and Green Lantern fight Superman—who has fought a Parademon previously and believes the heroes are working with it. The battle spreads over a portion of the city; it finally stops when Batman calls Superman "Clark". Superman uses his x-ray vision and recognizes Batman as billionaire Bruce Wayne. The three heroes then begin to collaborate. On planet Apokolips, Darkseid orders Desaad to begin an invasion of Earth in response to the superheroes' discovery of his plans.
The Lego Movie, 1h40
Directed by Chris Miller, Chris Miller, Phil Lord
Origin Danemark
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about children, Jeu, Sports films, Comedy science fiction films, Martial arts films, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Films about toys, Political films, Dystopian films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie
Rating76% 3.8472453.8472453.8472453.8472453.847245
In the Lego universe, the wizard Vitruvius attempts to protect a superweapon called the "Kragle" from the evil Lord Business. He fails to do so, but prophesies that a person called "the Special" will find the Piece of Resistance capable of stopping the Kragle.
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, 52minutes
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Animation
Themes Films about children, Time travel films, Films set in the future, Batman films, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Diedrich Bader, Laura Bailey, Dante Basco, Grey DeLisle, Corey Burton, Peter Jessop (II)
Rating58% 2.912582.912582.912582.912582.91258
In the present day, Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom try to use cryogenic rays from orbital satellites to expand the Earth's polar ice caps in the Arctic Ocean, causing a massive drop in sea levels and creating new islands they intend to rule. Superman and the Justice League confront the Legion, dividing their forces to fight the Legion and destroy the satellites. In the ensuing space battle, Robin purposely crashes his spacecraft into the satellite array. Refusing to accept defeat, Captain Cold overloads the remaining satellite, which falls back to Earth and entombs Luthor in an ice sheet shortly before the satellite explodes. The League is triumphant and believes Luthor to be dead.
Man of Steel, 2h23
Directed by Zack Snyder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about writers, Films about education, Films about children, Films about journalists, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Films about school violence, Disaster films
Actors Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne
Rating69% 3.4966353.4966353.4966353.4966353.496635
The planet Krypton faces imminent destruction due to its unstable core; the result of depleting Krypton's natural resources. The ruling council is deposed by the planet's military commander, General Zod, and his followers during a coup d'état. Knowing that artificial population control and isolationism have ruined their civilization, scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara launch their newborn son, Kal-El, the first naturally born Kryptonian child in centuries, on a spacecraft to Earth after infusing his cells with a genetic codex of the entire Kryptonian race. After Zod kills Jor-El, he and his followers are captured and exiled to the Phantom Zone. However, they are indirectly freed after Krypton explodes, rendering the Kryptonian race extinct apart from Zod and his forces.