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Hero Overview

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.
~ Batman on Superman.
Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear: until my dream where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share I'll never stop fighting. Ever.
~ Superman
...No matter how dark it seems. There's always a way.
~ Superman

Kal-El, also known as Clark Joseph Kent and best known as Superman, is the main protagonist of the Superman comic book series and the deuteragonist of the DC Universe. He is arguably the first major superhero.

Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. As a baby, he was sent to Earth in a spaceship by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside, where he was discovered and adopted by a farming couple. He discovered his various superhuman abilities at a young age, which he now uses for the benefit of humanity.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman in 1933 and made his debut in Action Comics #1 (1938), since then he has appeared in many comics, TV shows, and movies and is widely recognized as one of the most iconic heroes of all time, and as the character who defined the superhero genre.

Biography

Kal-El

Superman is a Kryptonian, born on the planet Krypton. His parents, Jor-El and Lara were scientists and knew from extensive research that their planet was facing a very imminent destruction. Jor-El had tried many times to convince the bureaucratic Kryptonian Council that they needed to create an escape program, but was continually asked to establish solid proof of his claims before they approved any such expansive programs.

Jor-El's research progressed more and more, but action was put off so often that the planet was reaching its finals days before the Krytonians would do anything. Jor-El finally came to the conclusion that it was too late to do anything and told Lara they would need to resort to their own back-up plan, the safety of their son, Kal-El.

Jor-El had prepared an escape rocket for his family, but was kept so busy with his attempts to prove Kyrpton's imminent destruction that he hadn't time to create anything more substantial than his test pod, which would only be big enough for a infant Kryptonian. Both Jor-El and Lara were in agreement about their son being saved. Lara packed their son with a blanket embroidered with a Kryptonian symbol on it and Jor-El packed a small encyclopedic computer program that would explain to their son who he was and where he came from once he landed.

As Jor-El and Lara had come to expect the planet became unstable to the point that, there was no time left to form a proper escape program and once natural disasters started to plague the planet for its final hours, Jor-El and Lara kissed their son goodbye and launched him into space. Just moments after Kal-El's rocket escaped Krypton's orbit, the planet blew up.

Clark Kent

The rocket flew through the universe until its navigation system discovered the nearest planet on its course with a sustainable environment, Earth. Once the base-navigation system locked onto the planet's coordinates and a land mass the rocket's course was left to sheer chance and touched down in a rural part of Kansas called Smallville. Two farmers, Jonathan and Martha Kent, were driving along when they saw the explosion and immediately went to investigate. Jonathan approached the pod to see what it was and shortly it opened revealing of all things a small child inside.

Jonathan and Martha decided to take young Kal-El in as their own, naming him Clark. The two farmers raised the infant alien as their own son, and taught him strict morals. As he grew, he gradually discovered his powers. Clark was very confused about his budding powers and started to think he was a freak. Confronted with their son's identity issues, the Kents decided it was the right time to tell him about his origins. The Kents had hidden away the Kryptonian pod that had carried him there, along with the blanket and clothing he had been wrapped in. Once Clark saw the pod, he found the device Jor-El and Lara had packed aboard, the device did a quick scan of him and it confirmed who he was and the program activated explaining the fate of Krypton. Clark initially was put off by the discovery and ran off to find himself as he came to terms with not only being an alien but finding out he was adopted.

Once Clark had come to terms with his origin, he decided to use his abilities for the good of others. Dressing in clothing made from his original Kryptonian clothing and calling himself "Superboy", Clark started fighting petty crime and averting natural disasters in Smallville as his parents did all they could to protect his true identity. During his teen years, Clark was recruited by the Legion of Superheroes, a group of super-powerful teenagers from the future who had founded a super-team inspired by him, and met Krypto, his family's dog who had been first sent into space by his father in a prototype rocket.

When Clark reached adulthood, he left Smallville to move to the city of Metropolis and get a job as a reporter at the Daily Planet, run by Perry White. As working for White, Clark would befriend cub photographer Jimmy Olsen and started a relationship with fellow reporter Lois Lane. A few years later, Superman would find out another member of his family, his cousin Kara Zor-El -who would later take up the Supergirl identity- had also survived the destruction of Krypton.

Meanwhile, Clark rebranded himself as Superman. Soon enough Superman's exploits became legendary, he became regarded as the world's greatest hero, and eventually founder member of the Justice League. As not just a savior but a celebrity, Superman dedicated himself as a symbol of "Truth and Justice, and the American Way of Life".

Personality

“Do good to others and any man can be a Superman.”
~ Superman (Clark Kent)

Superman is commonly thought of as the purest of all heroes due to his upstanding, highly ethical nature. Righteous, brave, and kind to a fault, he makes a point not to kill, will not resort to violence unless it is truly necessary, and there are only a handful of villains that he actually hates: Lex Luthor, Joker, Mongul, Darkseid, and Brainiac. Not only believing in his ideals, but he also embodies them, and devotes himself to spreading peace and happiness wherever he goes, he is almost universally loved and recognized as the symbol of hope.

It’s this inherent goodness and charisma that allowed him to become good friends with Batman and Wonder Woman, to the point where they form the Justice League. As well as charm the heart of his love interest, the cynical city-girl Lois Lane.

However, despite these virtues, he does suffer from his status as a "last son of Krypton "; his gifts as a constant reminder that he doesn’t “naturally” belong to this world, he does wonder if his idealism might be unfounded in the modern world. Furthermore, seeing how lionized his image has become, Superman sometimes worries that he might not be able to fulfill the image the world has of him. Furthermore, Superman dreads the temptation that his sheer power offers to do whatever he wants, regardless what anyone else things, which drives Superman to defer to local authorities as much as he can.  Regardless, Superman is still seen as the pinnacle of heroism and an example for everyone to follow.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superman possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian.

  • Solar Battery: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Superman's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
  • Heat Vision: Superman can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected. In extreme situations, Superman can emit a massive flash of destructive energy in all directions from his entire body, but this will drain all his internal solar reserves enabling his powers, requiring a roughly 24 hour period to recharge.
  • Super Hearing: Superman's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency. Also, this ability is his best when it comes to eavesdropping on a villain's plans.
  • Super Vision: Superman's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
    • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Superman can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living things.
    • Telescopic Vision: Superman can see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
    • X-Ray Vision: Superman can see through any volume of matter except lead. Superman's can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived - such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans - is unclear. this ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
      • Occasionally, Superman has used his lead limitation to his advantage: when the Joker tried to distract him claiming that had several hostages in lead-lined airtight coffins all over the city, the villain anticipated that Superman would spend hours frantically searching for them while he fled the city.  However, all Superman had to do was to make a wide-angle sweep of the city from the air with his X-ray vision, which made all lead objects there instantly stand out as opaque objects. Thus Superman was able to search them quickly and had plenty of time to capture the Joker in his lead-lined truck, which was similarly easy to spot as a vehicle with an obvious overuse of lead.
    • Microscopic Vision: Superman can see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
    • Infrared Vision: Superman's can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
  • Super Sense: On various occasions, Superman has demonstrated that his sense of smell is significantly enhanced to the point he can smell odors across the entire planet without any problem.
  • Flight: Superman is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Superman is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases. Superman is also highly invulnerable to human-made weapons. For example, a bullet or a knife cannot kill Superman. In the bullet's case, it will reflect off of his body. In the knife's case, it is most likely to shatter the knife's glass or bend the knife.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Superman is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep. He can also hold his breath for an undefined duration.
  • Superhuman Strength: Superman's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
  • Superhuman Speed, Agility & Reflexes: Superman is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid-flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time. Superman can run faster than anybody in the world, except for The Flash.
  • Vortex Breath: Superman is able to create hurricane-force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.
  • Sonic Scream: In one instance, Superman was shown to have the ability to project a "super scream" from his vocal cords.
  • Self-Sufficiency: Superman doesn't need to eat and sleep so long as he's under the effects of yellow sun radiation. His body stores the energy necessary to negate eating and sleeping for an indefinite period.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: In the extreme event that Superman is harmed, either by an alien matching his own strength or other occurrences, he has been shown to have the ability to heal almost instantaneously from moderate wounds, assuming that the process is not impeded from some outside factor i.e. Kryptonite. This "healing factor" is supplemented by his stores of solar energy. Since his healing factor works faster when closer to the sun, he must keep absorbing solar energy in order to heal death-like wounds until the process is complete.
    • Longevity: The healing factor can keep him strong, healthy & youthful indefinitely provided he remains under a yellow sun.
  • Supernatural Leap: Superman has the ability to jump extreme distances, vertically and even horizontally. To do this, Superman has to combine his strength and dexterity to perform a super leap.
  • Supernatural Dexterity: Superman has the ability to be super humanly precise in actions.
  • Supernatural Memory: With his accelerated brain activity, Superman can receive or process large amounts of information and data at once, reading words and pictures at a fast pace.
  • Arctic Breath: With this ability, Superman can release his breath as a freezing version of his vortex breath.
  • Speed Reading: Superman is able to read things at a very fast level.
  • Telepathy: Rarely used though, Superman could read and talk to people through one's mind.

Abilities

  • Advanced/Expert Hand-to-Hand Combat: Superman has been trained by both Wildcat (in Boxing), and Mongul in the fighting arts. Superman has fought and learned from Wonder Woman. He has also learned more advanced martial arts techniques from Batman.
  • Genius Intellect: Superman has shown incredible intelligence and computational abilities; his mind works sharply and with extreme speed relative to earth-humans. His analytical powers are impressive — he is able to use his senses to read information directly from machines (and, with careful usage of his heat vision, he can even reprogram machines). Recently after he regained his powers in the "One Year Later" arc, his brain's intelligence has increased and it operates with much greater speed, procession, and analytical prowess, to the point he can recall things in such detail that he knows the ballistics of every shot by Bloodshot and the vector and mass of each and every one of Riot's bodies. He can see into one of the most advanced Kryptonian Sun Stone Battle Ships and watch energy patterns shift and change, trace command signals at light speed down branching, maze-like pathways whilst, at the same time, finding one small knot of circuitry.
  • Indomitable Will: Superman has shown to have a powerful force of Will, completely free of evil or temptation. Having been raised by a kindly Kansas farmer and his wife, Superman was taught to protect life and help others. He is very optimistic and never gives up, even when things look bad.
  • Leadership: Superman has proven many times over his ability to command respect and inspire others with his charisma, ardor, and idealism. He often serves as the primus inter pares of the Justice League.

Weaknesses

  • Magic: Superman's biomatrix is his most powerful asset, but the strength of this field is also its greatest weakness. Its permeability to certain wavelengths makes Superman vulnerable to certain radiations, particularly magical energies whose chaotic electromagnetic or extra-dimensional signatures disrupt this force-field. Superman's vulnerability to magic varies depending upon the special effects of the magic. No magic seems to be able to directly destroy him unless it comes from a semi-divine or divine source. He can be injured and worn down by magical entities. Magic can have powerful and unpredictable effects on Superman and his magical enemies have often proven to be the most dangerous. Recently, Superman has learned more about magic with the help of Zatanna and he is able to counter almost every spell. Magic has unknown effects on him. He was able to survive when he had a magical sword in the chest and a magical arrow in his back. It was during a fight against four Elder Gods. A fight that Superman won. He was able to withstand a magical blast that managed to knockout the entire JLA and both Wonder Woman (magic being) and Zauriel (Angel). He went after the enemy in question and stopped him.
  • Fatal Injuries: While Superman is extremely powerful, fatal injuries can kill Superman-like any other human as he's mortal. Doomsday inflicted fatal injuries on the Man of Steel and he was unable to recover. Other heavy hitters can kill Superman such as Darkseid, Despero, Black Adam, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Captain Marvel, amongst others.
  • Physical Limitations: Superman is a formidable opponent and one of the most powerful superheroes on the Justice League. However, there are weights he cannot lift and enemies he can't outrun. When facing enemies more powerful than himself, Superman calls the Justice League for help.
  • Kryptonite: Since the destruction of Krypton, its remains (rendered radioactive by the explosion) have been spreading throughout the universe as Kryptonite, a crystalline substance whose specific radiation is lethal to Kryptonians native to this reality. The most common form of Kryptonite is Green Kryptonite, and its effect is directly poisonous. Kryptonite from other realities does not necessarily have the same effects on all Kryptonians. For example, Kryptonite from the Pocket Universe is not as lethal to Superman as Kryptonite that comes from his native reality. Superman was able to survive inside a Red Sun that was surrounded by Kryptonite.
    • Green: It can weaken Superman both physically and mentally. Short term exposure will leave Superman weakened while long term exposure will kill him. This is also every Kryptonian's weaknesses. However, Superman can resist Green Kryptonite, but it will be hard, due to the fact that it is rare and that it can weaken him strongly.
    • Red: It can make Superman a completely different person. However, psychologically. It can make his personality have traits of a villain and have thoughts relating to evil stuff. This will also make Superman lose his social conscience and inhibitions. It even once turned his head like an ant's.
    • Blue: It can rob Superman of his powers and make him vulnerable at anything.
    • Black: It can separate Superman from both his Kryptonian and Human side. Other versions can corrupt him to become evil or seperate his good and evil halves.
    • Gold: The Pre-Crisis version can give Superman permanent wounds or scars that can't ever be healed and it can also cause him to lose his powers and abilities forever. Post-Crisis, Gold Kryptonite will temporarily negate his powers so long as he is near it but his powers will return when he is away from it.
  • Kryptonians: On the rare occasions where he has battled other Kryptonians, they seem more easily able to harm one another as well. A noticeable observation is that other Kryptonians appear to develop superhuman abilities immediately upon entering a yellow star system, whereas it took Kal-El many years living under a yellow sun for his powers to develop (This may be because he arrived on Earth as a toddler. Had he been an adult or perhaps adolescent his powers would likely have manifested themselves much more readily).
  • Lead: Superman cannot see through lead with his vision powers.
  • Vulnerability to Chi: Lex Luthor and Question argued that, because of Superman's solar-based powers, planetary based esoteric and vital forces could have an opposite effect on him. Luthor posited that concentrated doses of such energies could severely cripple Superman and become fatal, and he attempted to exploit this weakness with the Science Spire, which tapped into Metropolis' Earth energies, or chi, in this case.
  • Red Sun: When exposed to the same red solar radiation as Krypton's red sun Rao, it causes Superman to lose his powers within a large amount of exposure until the exposure to yellow sunlight will reverse this effect.
  • Solar Energy Exhaustion: Though not as common, much like with a Red Sun, as the yellow solar radiation stored within his body acts as fuel for his powers, Superman's powers can grow weaker to the point where he may not be able to use them if he continuously uses his powers without having enough time to replenish the yellow solar energy reserves within his body, especially if he doesn't have any direct contact to yellow sunlight.
  • High Pitched Noises: Because of his super hearing, Superman's ears are extra-sensitive to extreme noises.
  • Phantom Zoners: Phantom Zoners, being aliens, can hurt him to varying extents depending on the alien.
  • Psionics: Another hitch to Superman and other Kryptonian's abilities is his interaction with psychic influences, i.e. mind control, telekinesis, possession and the like. An exceptionally powerful mentalist can manipulate the minds of even the strongest of Kryptonians or Daxamites due to their relatively weak defenses against telepathic intrusion, while at the same time a skilled telekinetic can also bypass their usually high levels of imperiousness by affecting them at a molecular-subatomic level. However, after he was nearly mind-controlled by Maxwell Lord to attack Wonder Woman, he spent some time training with the Martian Manhunter to overcome this weakness, with the result that he was later able to throw off Arion's attempt to take control of him in a similar matter.

Portrayals

Films

  • In the original 1941 animated Superman short, he was portrayed by the late Mayo Kaan.
  • In the Fleischer Studio animated Superman shorts, he was portrayed by Karol Krauser.
  • In the Superman serials and Atom Man vs. Superman, he was portrayed by the late Kirk Alyn.
  • In Superman and the Mole Man, he was portrayed by the late George Reeves.
    • Reeves also played the character in the tv series, Adventures of Superman.
  • In Richard Donner's Superman films, he was portrayed by the late Christopher Reeve. Jeff East played the character as a teenager.
  • In Superman Returns, he was portrayed by Brandon Routh, who also plays Ray Palmer in the Arrowverse, and voiced David "Hesh" Walker in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
  • In Superman: Doomsday, he was voiced by Adam Baldwin, who also played Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket.
    • Baldwin reprised his voice for the character in DC Universe Online.
  • In Justice League: The New Frontier, he was voiced by Kyle MacLachlan, who is best well known for playing Dale Cooper in the Twin Peaks series.
  • In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, he was voiced by Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS.
  • In All-Star Superman, he was voiced by James Denton.
  • In the DC Extended Universe, he is portrayed by Henry Cavill, who also played Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and plays Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher. In Shazam, he was portrayed by Ryan Handley.
  • In Superman: Unbound, he was voiced by Matt Bomer.
  • In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, he was voiced by Mark Valley.
  • In Justice League: Flasphoint Paradox, he was voiced by Sam Daly.
  • In The Lego Movie series, he is voiced by Channing Tatum, who also played Duke in the G.I. Joe films.
  • In Justice League War, he was voiced by Alan Tudyk, who also played Dutch in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, voiced K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6, Ludo in Star Vs. the Forces of Evil, and Heihei in Moana.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, he is currently voiced by Jerry O'Connell after Sam Daly and Alan Tudyk, with O'Connell voicing him in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis onward.
  • In DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon, he was voiced by Kenichi Suzumura.
  • In Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, he was voiced by Nicholas Cage, who also played Ben Gates in the National Treasure series, Ghost Rider in the titular film and its sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and Balthazar Blake in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and voiced Noir Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
  • In Superman: Red Son, he was voiced by Jason Isaacs, who also played Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery.
  • In Superman: Man of Tomorrow, he will voiced by Darren Criss.

Television

  • In the 1940s Superman short films, The Adventures of Superman and The New Adventures of Superman, he was voiced by the late Bud Collyer.
    • Collyer also voiced the character in radio.
  • In The New Adventures of Superman, he was voiced by the late Bob Hastings, who voiced the character in The Adventures of Superboy segments.
  • In the unaired pilot for The Adventures of Superboy, he was portrayed by Johnny Rockwell.
  • In the Super Friends animated series', he was voiced by the late Danny Dark.
  • In It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman tv special, he was portrayed by David Wilson.
  • In the 1980s Superman animated series, he was voiced by Beau Weaver.
  • In the Superboy tv series, he was portrayed by John Newton, Gerald Christopher and Ron Ely.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, he was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
  • In Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, he was portrayed by Dean Cain.
  • In the DC Animated Universe, he was voiced by Tim Daily and currently by George Newbern, while Christopher McDonald voiced the character in Batman Beyond.
    • Daly also voiced the character in the The Batman/Superman Movie, Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Superman/Batman films, and Justice League: Doom.
    • Newbern also voices the character in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, DC Universe Online and the Injustice series.
  • In Smallville, he was portrayed by Tom Welling
    • Welling reprised his role as the character in the Arrowverse event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • In Krypto the Superdog, he was voiced Michael Daingerfield.
  • In Legion of Super Heroes, he was voiced by Yuri Lowenthal, who also voices Spider-Man in Marvel's Spider-Man and Neil in Camp Camp.
  • In Batman: Black and White, he was voiced by Joseph May, who voices Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • In Young Justice, he was voiced by Nolan North, who also voices Superboy in the series, and voiced Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles in the Assassin's Creed series, Deadpool in numerous media and videogames, Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty zombies series, Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, The Prince in the titular 2008 videogame, The Hero of Bower Lake in Fable II, Vashryon in Resonance of Fate, Hades in 2005's God of War, The Fish in The Cat in the Hat videogame, Blaze in Blaze and the Monster Machines, The Boss ("Nolan North" voice) in the Saints Row series.
    • North also voices the character in Lego short films.
  • In DC Super Friends, he was voiced by David Kaye, who also voiced James Gordon in Batman: Arkham City.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold he was voiced by Roger Rose.
  • In Superman of Tokyo, he was voiced by Blair Underwood and Jeff Bennett. Bennett also voiced Johnny Bravo in the titular series and Dexter's Dad in Dexter's Laboratory.
  • In Super Best Friends Forever, he was voiced by Keith Fergerson.
  • In the Arrowverse, he is portrayed by Tyler Hoechlin, who also played Derek Hale in MTV's Teen Wolf. Daniel DiMaggio originally played the character as young Kal-El in the episode "For the Girl Who Has Everything".
  • In Justice League Action, he was voiced by Jason J. Lewis.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls, he was voiced by Max Mittelman.
  • In Harley Quinn, he is voiced by James Wolk.

Web Series

  • In Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, he was voiced by Benjamin Bratt, who also voiced the character in the Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated film.

Video Games

  • In Superman: The Man of Steel, he was voiced by Jeff Kramer.
  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, he was voiced by Christopher Corey Smith, who also voiced Rufus in the Street Fighter series.
  • In the Lego Batman videogame series, Lego Dimensions and Lego DC Super-Villains, he was voiced by Travis Willingham, who also voiced Reggie Rowe in Infamous: Second Son.

Radio and Audio

  • In the 1966 vinyl LP, The Adventures of Superman, he was voiced by the late Bob Holiday.
    • Holiday also played the character in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman Broadway musical.
  • In Superman Lives!, he was voiced by Stuart Milligan.
  • In DC Comics Super Heroes, he was voiced by David Earl Waterman
  • In The Never-Ending Battle, he was voiced by James Konicek.

Theatre and Live Performances

  • In 1940, Broadway actor Ray Middleton played the character on July 3 for "Superman Day".
  • In It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, he was portrayed by Jack Cassidy alongside the late Bob Holiday.
  • In Holy Musical B@man!, he was portrayed by Brian Holden.

Motion Comics

  • In Superman: Red Son, he was voiced by David Lodge, who voiced Jiraiya in the Naruto series.

Quotes

My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they'd reject me…out of fear. I let my father die because I trusted him. Because he was convinced that I had to wait, that the world was not ready. What do you think?
~ Clark Kent's speech to Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013).
I can only tell what I believe, Diana. Humankind has to be allowed to climb to it's own destiny. We can't carry them there.
~ Superman.
You must not count on Superman to patch up your lives every time.
~ Superman.
It doesn't matter who she is or what she's has done. I'll do what I have to do to save her.
~ Superman.
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!
~ Famous quote about Superman.
Taking it on the chin from people who should and sometimes do know better.
~ Superman.

Trivia

  • Superman does not drink alcohol while in Superman media he does drink alcohol.
  • Clark was a vegetarian at one point in his life but in the Superman series, he does eat meat.
  • Clark's favorite movie is To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • The aura that Superman's body generates is the same that protects his body from damage, prevents grime and dirt from clinging long to his flesh to keep him perpetually clean.
  • Superman is the best selling comic book character with over 600 million copies sold, with Batman coming in second with 460 million and Spider-Man coming in third with 378 million.
  • Superman has many connections to the biblical figure, Jesus. They were both born from godlike families, they were both sent to earth with the purpose of being its savior, and they both died and came back to life.
  • Superman has twice fought Goku in the webseries DEATH BATTLE, winning both times. However, in the "Deadpool vs. The Mask" episode, Deadpool tries to use the Continuity Gem to make Goku win the fight.

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Aquaman | Atom | Batman | Black Canary | Cyborg | Elongated Man | Flash | Green Arrow | Green Lantern | Hawkgirl | Hawkman | Martian Manhunter | Red Tornado | Superman | Wonder Woman | Zatanna

Secondary
Adam Strange | Agent Liberty | Amazing Man | Ambush Bug | Amethyst | Andrew Bennett | Animal Man | Antaeus | Atomica | August General in Iron | Azrael | Aztek | Batwing | Big Barda | Black Condor | Black Lightning | Black Orchid | Blue Beetle | Blue Devil | Blue Jay | Booster Gold | Bronze Tiger | Captain Atom | Captain Cold | Catwoman | Creeper | Crimson Fox | Deadman | Detective Chimp | Doctor Fate | Doctor Light | Doctor Mist | Donna Troy | Element Woman | Elongated Man | Equinox | Etrigan | Faith | Fire | Firehawk | Firestorm | Frankenstein | General Glory | Geo-Force | Guardian | Guy Gardner | Gypsy | Hourman | Huntress | Ice | Jade | Jesse Quick | Jessica Cruz | John Constantine | John Stewart | Katana | Killer Frost | Kyle Rayner | Lex Luthor | Lightray | Lobo | Lois Lane | Madame Xanadu | Maxima | Metamorpho | Mister Miracle | Mon-El | Moon Maiden | Nightmare Nurse | Nightwing | Oracle | Orion | Pandora | Phantom Stranger | Plastic Man | Power Girl | Red Arrow | Red Tornado | Rocket Red | Shade the Changing Mann | Shazam | Silver Sorceress | Simon Baz | Starfire | Stargirl | Steel | Steve Trevor | Supergirl | Swamp Thing | Tasmanian Devil | Tomorrow Woman | Triumph | Vibe | Vixen | Zauriel

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DEATH BATTLE! combatants
Samus Aran | Akuma | Rogue | Wonder Woman | Mike Haggar | Zangief | Leonardo | Donatello | Michelangelo | Raphael | Zitz | Yoshi | Felicia | Taokaka | Kratos | Spawn | White Bomberman | Dig Dug | Vegeta | Shadow the Hedgehog | Mario | Sonic the Hedgehog | Luke Skywalker | Harry Potter | Chun-Li | Mai Shiranui | Rainbow Dash | Master Chief | Doomguy | Princess Peach | Princess Zelda | Thor Odinson | Raiden (Mortal Kombat) | Link | Cloud Strife | Batman (DC Comics) | Spider-Man | Pikachu | Blanka | Goku | Superman | He-Man | Lion-O | Ryu Hayabusa | Strider Hiryu | Ivy Valentine | Black Orchid | Fox McCloud | Bucky O'Hare | The Terminator | RoboCop | Luigi | Miles "Tails" Prower | Charizard | Venusaur | Blastoise | Godzilla | Gamera | Captain America | Tigerzord | Gundam Epyon | Ryu | Scorpion | Deadpool | Kirby | Majin Buu | Ragna the Bloodedge | Sol Badguy | Gaara | Toph Beifong | Chuck Norris | Segata Sanshiro | Guts | Iron Man | Beast | Goliath | Solid Snake | Sam Fisher | Donkey Kong | Knuckles the Echidna | Wolverine | Raiden (Metal Gear) | Hercule Satan | Dan Hibiki | Yang Xiao Long | Tifa Lockhart | Mega Man | Astro Boy | Green Arrow | Hawkeye | Red | Tai Kamiya | Agumon | Dante | Bayonetta | Bowser | Ratchet | Clank | Jak | Daxter | The Flash | Quicksilver | Mewtwo | Carolina | Cammy White | Sonya Blade | Tracer | Scout | Ken Masters | Terry Bogard | Amy Rose | Ramona Flowers | Hulk | Roronoa Zoro | Erza Scarlet | Pinkie Pie | Lara Croft | Nathan Drake | Scrooge McDuck | Shovel Knight | Venom | Power Rangers (Zack Taylor | Kimberly Ann Hart | Billy Cranston | Trini Kwan | Jason Lee Scott | Tommy Oliver) | Voltron (Keith | Lance | Pidge | Sven | Hunk | Allura) | Natsu Dragneel | Portgas D. Ace | Sub-Zero | Glacius | Android 18 | Captain Marvel | Zero | Lucario | Renamon | TJ Combo | Smokey the Bear | McGruff The Crime Dog | Naruto Uzumaki | Ichigo Kurosaki | Batman (Batman Beyond) | Spider-Man 2099 | Black Panther | Raven | Twilight Sparkle | Jotaro Kujo | Kenshiro | Crash Bandicoot | Spyro | Sora | Pit | Leon S. Kennedy | Frank West | Doctor Strange | Doctor Fate | Jin Kazama | Samurai Jack | Afro Samurai | Lucy | Optimus Prime | RX-78-2 Gundam | Nightwing | Daredevil | Master Roshi | Jiraiya | Aquaman | Namor the Sub-Mariner | Mega Man X | Mega Man Volnutt | MegaMan.EXE | Geo Stelar | Black Widow | Shazam | Wario | King Dedede | Ben Tennyson | Green Lantern | Weiss Schnee | Mitsuru Kirijo | Captain Falcon | Johnny Cage | Aang | Edward Elric | Ghost Rider | Lobo | Dragonzord | Mechagodzilla | Sasuke Uchiha | Hiei | Shigeo Kageyama | Tatsumaki | The Mask | All Might | Might Guy | Miles Morales | Static Shock | Black Canary | Sindel | Genos | War Machine | Gray Fullbuster | Cable | Booster Gold | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Kakashi Hatake | Danny Phantom | Jake Long | She-Ra | Beerus | Zuko | Shoto Todoroki | Wally West | Archie Sonic | Winter Soldier | Red Hood (Jason Todd) | Crona | Jon Talbain | Dick Simmons | Dexter Grif | Franklin Delano Donut | Lopez the Heavy | Church | Lavernius Tucker | Michael J. Caboose | Sheila | Batgirl | Spider-Girl | Sanji | Rock Lee

DBX combatants
Trish | Jeanne | Master Chief | Ronald McDonald | Amy Rose | King Dedede | Saitama | Kenshiro | Sakura Haruno | Rin Tohsaka | Trunks | Silver the Hedgehog | Ryu | Lucario | Sasuke Uchiha | Hiei | Liu Kang | Fei Long | Rock Lee | Marshall Law | Spider-Man | Mikasa Ackerman | Jotaro Kujo | Yu Narukami | Terry Bogard | Jon Talbain | Spawn | Alucard (Hellsing) | Classic Predator | Iron Man | Mega Man X | Himura Kenshin | Roronoa Zoro | Greninja | Espio the Chameleon | Link | Meta Knight | Genji | Raiden (Metal Gear) | Guile | Paul Phoenix | Raphael | Wolverine | Aigis | Noel Vermillion | Cloud Strife | Guts | Killua Zoldyck | Mega Man | White Bomberman | Mario | Luigi | Zero | Strider Hiryu | Iron Fist | Akuma | Ken Masters | Blaziken | Samus Aran | Wii Fit Trainer | Dhalsim | Magneto | Alucard (Castlevania) | Demitri Maximoff | Vegeta | Noctis Lucis Caelum | 2B | Kratos | Dante | Captain Falcon | Viewtiful Joe | Gambit | Lara Croft | Jill Valentine | Krillin | Tenshinhan | Yamcha | Chun-Li | Tifa Lockhart | Thor Odinson | Pikachu | Hulk | Juggernaut | Blade | Hellboy | Monkey D. Luffy | Mr. Fantastic | Daredevil | Kenshi Takahashi | Harley Quinn | Domino | Akame | Yoshi | Pac-Man | Natsu Dragneel | Iceman | Sakura Haruno | Hakumen | Juri Han | Chie Satonaka | Karin Kanzuki | Burning Gundam | Thunder Megazord | Batman (DC Comics) | Scorpion | Ichigo Kurosaki | Ruby Rose | Ragna the Bloodedge | Cuphead | Superboy | Gohan | D.Va | Tron Bonne | Boa Hancock | Rider Medusa | Venom | Ezio | The Prince | Blake Belladonna | Inuyasha | Mewtwo | Fa Mulan | Lucina | Shantae | Shovel Knight | Goku | Gon Freecss | Danny Phantom | Ben Tennyson | Trafalgar D. Water Law | Yang Xiao Long | Katsuki Bakugo | Arwing | X-Wing | Superman | Saitama

DEATH RACE! combatants
Tim Burton Batmobile | Dark Knight Batmobile | Adam West Batmobile | Arkham Knight Batmobile | Optimus Prime | Flying Ford Anglia | Thomas the Tank Engine | Lightning McQueen | KITT | Aston Martin | Warthog | Blue Falcon | Speed Star | Mario's Standard Kart | DeLorean | Toyota AE86

Others
Dexter Grif | Dick Simmons | Michael J. Caboose | Epsilon | Church | Sarge | Sparx | Aku Aku

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Animated Features
Mewsette | Jaune Tom | Batman (DCAU) | Thumbelina | Prince Cornelius | Jacquimo | Stanley | Danny Cat | Sawyer Cat | Kayley | Garrett | Devon and Cornwall | Ayden | Lady Juliana | Sir Lionel | Bladebeak | Iron Giant | Hogarth Hughes | Annie Hughes | Dean McCoppin | Hero Boy | Hero Girl | Conductor | Billy the Lonely Boy | Know-It-All | Hobo | Smokey and Steamer | Victor Van Dort | Emily | Scraps | Lucas Nickle | Zoc | Queen Ant | Mumble | Gloria | Ramón | Nestor | Raul | Lombardo | Rinaldo Memphis | Norma Jean | Soren | Gylfie | Digger | Twilight | Carmen | Lovelace | Emmet Brickowski | Wyldstyle | Vitruvius | Batman (Lego) | UniKitty | Benny | The Man Upstairs | Metalbeard | Good Cop | Junior | Tulip | Diamond Destiny | Alfred Pennyworth | Robin | Batgirl | Lloyd Garmadon | Kai | Jay Walker | Nya | Cole | Zane | Master Wu | Misako | Robin | Beast Boy | Cyborg | Starfire | Raven | Migo | Meechee | Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi | Sweet Mayhem | Scorpion | Liu Kang | Raiden | Johnny Cage | Sonya Blade | Kitana | Jax Briggs | Reptile | Nitara | Scooby-Doo (2020) | Shaggy Rogers (2020) | Fred Jones (2020) | Daphne Blake (2020) | Velma Dinkley (2020) | Blue Falcon (2020) | Dynomutt (2020) | Captain Caveman (2020) | Dee Dee Skyes (2020)

Live Action Movies
Danny Torrance | Dick Hallorann | Wendy Torrance | Gizmo | Billy Peltzer | Kate Beringer | Mr. Wing | The Goonies (Mikey, Brand, Chunk, Mouth, Data, Andy & Stef) | Sloth Fratelli | Seymour Krelborn | Adam Maitland | Barbara Maitland | Lydia Deetz | Batman | Vicki Vale | Alfred Pennyworth | Harvey Dent | Luke Eveshim | Helga Eveshim | Sara Crewe | Batman | Robin | Dr. Chase Meridian | Michael Jordan | Stan Podolak | James Dale | Art Land | Marsha Dale | Donald Kessler | Byron Williams | Barbara Land | Nathalie Lake | Jason Stone | Taffy Dale | Billy-Glenn Norris | Richie Norris | Florence Norris | Batman | Batgirl | Carter Blake | Dr. Susan McAlester | Russell Franklin | Janice Higgins | Tom Scoggins | Jim Whitlock | Sherman "Preacher" Dudley | Lou | Butch | Ivy | Sam | Peek | Osmosis Jones | Leah Estrogen | Drix | Frank DeTorre | Scooby-Doo | Shaggy Rogers | Fred Jones | Daphne Blake | Velma Dinkley | Chris McCormick | Sheriff Sam Parker | D.J. Drake | Kate Houghton | Dusty Tails | Patrick Wisely | Xan | Duma | Ripkuna | Peter | Kristin | Rip's Family | Willy Wonka | Charlie Bucket | Joe Bucket | V | Evey Hammond | King Leonidas | Maxwell Smart | Max | Wild Things (Carol, K.W., Douglas, Ira, Judith, Alexander & The Bull) | Diggs | Catherine | Seamus | Yogi Bear | Boo-Boo Bear | Ranger Smith | Rachel Johnson | Babydoll | Sweet Pea | Rocket | Blondie | Amber | Barnabas Collins | Raleigh Becket | Stacker Pentecost | Mako Mori | Godzilla | Ford Brody | Ishiro Serizawa | Vivienne Graham | William Stenz | Joseph Brody | Sandra Brody | Elle Brody | Joseph Cooper | Amelia Brand | Napoleon Solo | Tarzan | King Kong | James Conrad | Mason Weaver | Hank Marlow | William Randa | Houston Brooks | San Lin | The Losers Club (Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike Hanlon, Richie Tozier & Stan Uris) | Lara Croft | Parzival | Art3mis | Curator | Anorak | Daito | Aech | Sho | Davis Okoye | Jonas Taylor | Mowgli | Bagheera | Baloo | Kaa | Detective Pikachu | Tim Goodman | Mothra | Rodan | Mark Russell | Madison Russell | Emma Russell | Sam Coleman | Ilene Chen | Rick Stanton | Behemoth | Scylla | Methuselah | Queen MUTO | Abra Stone | Billy Freeman | Harley Williams

Shorts
Bugs Bunny | Daffy Duck | Porky Pig | Lola Bunny | Tweety Bird | Sylvester | Granny | Elmer Fudd | Tasmanian Devil | Foghorn Leghorn | Road Runner

                 The Headlined Heroes
2009
November
Sonic the Hedgehog
November
Sora
2010
April
Goku
2011
October
Captain America
2014
November
Suyin Beifong
December
Naruto Uzumaki
2015
January
Quasimodo (Disney)
February
Katara
March
Ryu Hayabusa
April
Queen Anna
May
Ichigo Kurosaki
June
Po (KFP)
July
Fa Mulan
August
Raiden (MK)
September
Merida (Disney)
October
Jack Skellington
November
Vegeta
December
Jack Frost (RotG)
2016
January
Dragonborn
February
Ryu (SF)
March
Ryūko Matoi
April
Jotaro Kujo
May
Iron Man (MCU)
June
Wolverine (Movies)
July
Saitama
August
Kyo Kusanagi
September
Kim Possible
October
Batman (DC)
November
Korra
December
Yoda
2017
January
Ben Tennyson
February
Kenshiro
March
Raimundo Pedrosa
April
Chun-Li
May
Monkey D. Luffy
June
Omi
July
Crash Bandicoot
August
Tracer
September
Lloyd Garmadon
October
Ladybug
November
Batman (DCEU)
December
Rey (SW)
2018
2019
January
SCP-999
February
Frisk
March
Mario (Super Mario)
April
Homer Simpson
May
Hiccup
June
Woody
July
Preston Garvey
August
Pyro (TF2)
September
Scooby-Doo
October
Emily (CB)
November
Superman (DC)
December
Ash Ketchum
2020
January
Spyro
February
Yuno Gasai
March
Cloud Strife
April
Roger Rabbit
May
Obi-Wan Kenobi
June
Atticus Finch
July
Perry the Platypus
August
Kirby (Kirby)
September
Ultraman Mebius
October
Ash Williams
November
Black Panther (MCU)
December
Yoshi
2021
January
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