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Kal-El was sent from Krypton by his parents before their home planet and most of its inhabitants were destroyed. He was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent of Smallville, Kansas when his vessel crashed in a field. They adopted the baby as their own, naming him Clark Joseph Kent. The yellow sun of the Solar system in the Milky Way galaxy gave Clark superpowers. He grew up in Smallville and moved to Metropolis to work at the Daily Planet where his relationship with many humans grew, especially with Lois Lane his wife to be. He always helps out those in danger as Superman and has fought many arch enemies with his most common enemy being Lex Luthor.
Relationship with Batman
Over the years, both Batman and Superman have had an on-and-off again rivalry, although both heroes have eventually developed a grudging respect for each other. Superman, along with Batman and Wonder Woman founded a team of Superheroes called the Justice League of America. Enemies of both Superman and Batman have formed alliances against the two heroes over the years, most notably the Joker and Lex Luthor.
Batman and Superman have discovered each other's secret identities. This happened on a cruise ship while they battled Owlman and Ultraman, their alternate dimensional counterparts. Deathstroke and Deadpool were also fighting on the ship. Superman was able to change Batman out of his costume (along with himself back to Clark Kent) to satisfy Lois that Clark and Bruce Wayne were not Superman or Batman. The speed at which he did it caused Bruce to vomit from motion sickness.
Powers and abilities
Superman possesses powers and abilities that are far above those of any mortal or other superhuman beings, his powers included Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability, enhanced senses and intelligence, regeneration, longevity, super breath, heat vision, x-ray vision and flight. Amongst others. These powers are a result of his Kryptonian body being exposed to Earth's yellow sun.
Superman's primary weakness comes in the form of meteorites from his birth planet Krypton. Known as Kryptonite, this rock has the abilities to weaken him draining him of his powers and over long exposure to the substance could kill him. Superman is also vulnerable to magic.
In other media
- In The Adventures of Superman radio drama, Superman was voiced by Bud Collyer. Batman and Robin appeared in some episodes, which represented some of their earliest appearances outside of the comics.
- In Max Fleischer Superman (1941-1943), he is voiced by Bud Collyer who'd reprises his role as Superman again in The New Adventures of Superman (1966-1970).
- In Super friends (1973-1985), Danny Dark provides the voice of Superman for the series.
- In Ruby-Spears Superman (1998), Beau Weaver provides the voice of Superman.
- In Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000), Superman: Shadows of Apokolips (2000), Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010), and Justice League: Doom, (2012) he is voiced by Tim Daly.
- In Batman Beyond (2000), he is voiced by Christopher McDonald.
- In Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited (2001-2006), The Batman (2007), Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010), Superman Versus the Elite (2012) and Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013) he is voiced by George Newbern.
- In Krypto the Superdog (2005), he is voiced by Michael Daingerfield.
- In Legion of Superheroes (2006-2008), he is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
- In Superman: Doomsday (2007), he is voiced by Adam Baldwin.
- In Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), he is voiced by Kyle MacLachlan.
- In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010), he is voiced by Mark Harmon.
- In Young Justice (2010-2013), he is voiced by Nolan North.
- In All-Star Superman (2011), he is voiced by James Denton.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2012), he is voiced by Roger Rose.
- In The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 (2013), he is voiced by Mark Valley.
- In Superman: Unbound (2013), he is voiced by Matt Bomer.
- In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), he is voiced by Sam Daly.
- In JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014) he is voiced by Peter Jessop.
- In Justice League: War (2014) he is voiced by Alan Tudyk.
- In The Lego Movie - (2014) he is voiced by Channing Tatum.
- In Lego Batman: Be-Leaguered (2014), Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015), and Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash (2016) he is voiced by Nolan North.
- In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015), and Justice League vs. Teen Titans(2016) he is voiced by Jerry O'Connel.
- Superman appeared in two serials starring Kirk Alyn: Superman (1948) and Atom Man Vs Superman (1950).
- The Adventures of Superman was the earliest superhero TV series. The show starred George Reeves of Gone With the Wind fame. Whether his death was a murder or a suicide remains controversial.
- In Superman, Superman II, Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, he was portrayed by Christopher Reeve.
- In Superman Returns, he was portrayed by Brandon Routh.
- In Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, he was portrayed by Dean Cain.
- In Smallville, he was portrayed by Tom Welling.
- In Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was portrayed by Henry Cavill.
- In Supergirl, he was portrayed by Tyler Hoechlin in the second season of the series.
Batman film references
- In Batman, there is a closeup shot of a Time magazine cover story on the Corto Maltese Revolution early in the film with photos of the devastation by Vicki Vale. Later the Joker looks at the victims of collateral damage caused by US troops and Superman with delight. This a reference to the island battle fought by Superman in Dark Knight #3 - Hunt the Dark Knight.
- In Batman Forever, Bruce Wayne tells Dick Grayson that his circus must be halfway to Metropolis.
- In Batman & Robin, Batman gets annoyed with Robin and stated "This is why Superman works alone".
Batman literature references
- In Batman: Gotham Knight's novelization, Detective Renee Montoya remarks that Batman must be some kind of superman.
References to Batman in Superman media
- In Superman Returns a news reporter announced that Superman had been spotted in Gotham City.
- In Smallville, there is a number of allusions to Batman.
- Batman makes his debut in the Smallville universe in Season Eleven comic book spin-off series.
- The Batmobile was seen in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode called "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape", an episode which shows that some collectors had apparently stolen the Batmobile.
- A Wayne Enterprise satellite appears in the 2013 film "Man of Steel" during a space battle between Superman and Zod. The Wayne logo is an allusion to Bruce Wayne existence in the DC extended cinematic universe.
- Batman appeared in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a sequel to Man of Steel, making it the first time these two iconic characters appear together in live action media.
- In Supergirl, there are several reference made to Gotham City.
- Jimmy makes a mention of Clark's friend who operates in the night using fear and terror to fight crime. a clear reference to Batman.
Appearances with Batman
- Justicle League of America
- All-Star Squadron
- Kingdom Come
- Batman: Hush
- The Dark Knight Returns
- The Dark Knight Strikes Again
- Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol. 2) #6
- Justice League (Vol. 2)
- Smallville: Season Eleven
- Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
- Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
- Superman: The Animated Series
- Super Friends
- Justice League/JLU
- Justice League: The New Frontier
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
- Justice League: Doom
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
- Batman Beyond
- The Batman
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Young Justice
- DC Universe Online
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Justice League Film