originally posted by Bes
originally posted by sitruc
Forgive me but I get what you said I just want to add that If there ever was to be a superhero American symbol. Captain America has it written all over him literally and his story is much more relatable from a human perspective. If you get what I mean.
Superman was created as a counter to American social problems that existed during the time of his creation. The Great Depression is the most notable of these. Siegel and Shuster based him on the ultimate in American ideals and pitted him against villains that represented what was wrong with American society. For example, Bizarro represented the reversed logic of many politicians of that era.
originally posted by Wikipedia
An influence on early Superman stories is the context of the Great Depression. The left-leaning perspective of creators Shuster and Siegel is reflected in early storylines. Superman took on the role of social activist, fighting crooked businessmen and politicians and demolishing run-down tenements. This is seen by comics scholar Roger Sabin as a reflection of "the liberal idealism of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal", with Shuster and Siegel initially portraying Superman as champion to a variety of social causes. In later Superman radio programs the character continued to take on such issues, tackling a version of the Ku Klux Klan in a 1946 broadcast. Siegel and Shuster's status as children of Jewish immigrants is also thought to have influenced their work. Timothy Aaron Pevey has argued that they crafted "an immigrant figure whose desire was to fit into American culture as an American", something which Pevey believes taps into an important aspect of the American identity.
This is why I didn't like Man of Steel. The original intended focus was a "knight-in-shining-armor" concept. I'm not in any way opposed to backstory development, but when you start messing with what a character is supposed to be at the core, I lose interest. I almost wish I hadn't seen the movie just so I could remain in a state of blissful ignorance to it. I'd rather just remember Superman as I knew and loved him.