Superman’s 20 Most Un-Super Moments
Supercheese? (Photo Courtesy of Collecting Superman)
From his origins in 1939 to Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," opening Friday, the invulnerable one has been stung plenty of times. By bad luck. By bad writing. By bad stunt casting. By bad tie-in marketing.
Here's a look back at some of the mighty Superman's lowest, cheesiest, and, well, most awkward moments:
1. The (Not-So) Last Son of Krypton: So, yes, as the story has been oft-told, Kal-El is the sole survivor of his blown-to-bits home planet — provided you don't count his cousin (Supergirl), his dog (Krypto), his monkey (Beppo), his world's capital city (Kandor) and anything or anyone else who might've stowed away in a rocket ship supposedly built for one.
Superpets (Photo: DC Comics)
2. The Legion of Super-Pets: We are not making this up — but the team behind Adventure Comics No. 293 did. And while Superman (or, rather, Superboy) was not a member of the animal organization, his stupid dog started the group, his stupid monkey was a member, and, for bad measure, the two of them admitted a stupid horse (Comet) and a stupid cat (Streaky).
Long-haired Nicolas Cage (Photo: Screengrab/YouTube)
3. That Long-Haired Nicolas Cage Superman Picture: The much-circulated and much-ridiculed "lost" costume-test shot from Tim Burton's aborted "Superman Lives" probably isn't real, but like it or not, and if the Man of Steel has any taste left after the Legion of the Super-Pets , he doesn't, it's now part of the character's lore. (At least the more recently surfaced "lost" Cage-Superman images are more respectable.)