By Jim Goza, CCNN Guest Writer
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Superman! “Man of Steel,” the long awaited blockbuster movie, is scheduled to open in theatres around the country on June 13th.
Warner Brothers, the company that made the movie, describes the plot as, “A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.”
What you might not know, is Superman has actually been around for a very long time. 75 years ago, the idea of “a super man” led to the creation of the original superhero and played a large part in the development of the American comic book. Even more interesting, is the fact that Superman hasn’t always been a good guy. In the 1930s, his original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, then high school students in Cleveland, Ohio, first introduced the character, as a bald villain who wanted to control the world by reading people’s minds! As you can imagine, this version of Superman was not very popular, and in Action Comics #1, published in June 1938, the Superman we know and love was introduced as the ultimate good guy. For those of you who are Superman fans, you may know that there is indeed a bald villain named Lex Luthor, who is usually Superman’s biggest foe!
From his beginnings in paper comic books to his most recent outing in 3D Superman has constantly evolved so that every generation can enjoy a unique version of the superhero. Over the years, his legend has grown from to be more than just a man who’s “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” He represents hope, a gentle and caring heart, and a man who is willing to use his incredible power for the betterment of mankind. It’s for those inner superhero qualities that we most look up to him… and not just because he’s flying way up in the sky.