SUPERMAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Most Misunderstood Heroes

SUPERMAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Most Misunderstood Heroes

I discuss the common misconceptions of Captain America and Superman.

I will be starting off my article discussing the crown jewel of DC superheroes The Man of Steel.

"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."

To me this is the perfect description of who exactly Superman is. He is man who holds enough power to decimate the entire earth yet he uses it humbly. Yet many people seem to think that because of the way he uses his power makes him to much of a pacifist. Personally I feel this proves just how awesome Superman is. Just imagine having as much power he has. You would have to constantly be on guard of how you use your abilities, you would constantly have to keep your anger in check so you don't just lose it and hurt those closest to you. I have also heard from people who say that he has no problems that he's just a giant symbol of perfection that he doesn't have any sort of internal turmoil but in reality he may very well be just as troubled as Batman the only difference is the way they deal with it.

Superman may be invulnerable physically but on the inside he is just as vulnerable as the rest of us. The Last Son of Krypton that is his identity a man without his real family and alienated by the fact that he is one of the few who have to deal with powers on the level that he has. My last case for the The Red/Blue Boyscout is that many people say that he has no physical threat and all I have to say to that is Google search Superman vs Doomsday nuff said.

Now onto The Star Spangled Acenger

“I’m loyal to nothing, general — except the dream.”
-Captain America

Him just like The Man of Steel deal with the misconception of being too much of a boyscout. What they seem to forget is that he served the U.S military as a soldier fighting the hard fight and a man who will never surrender.Also just like Superman he suffers from loneliness because he is "The Man Out of Time" a man who lost pretty much everyone he knew in what felt like a quick nap to him.

He also suffers from the reversal of what Superman suffers from that he is too weal of a hero and that he isn't interesting because anyone can take him out. Personally this makes him about 10 times better because just through strategy, skill, and sheer force of will to get through the battle.

Thank all of you who have read this I would like to hear how you all liked my first article on this site and would like to hear anything that can help me in writing my articles below.
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sikwon - 1/21/2013, 6:10 AM
Dude, every time you had me with this article you stopped. It was a tad too short but your argument is sound. I had an argument with a superman fan (im one of those that thinks hes to powerful and isnt intersted) and her argument was imagine the guilt of not being able to save every one. She handed me a comic of a woman that was blaming superman for not saving her son from cancer, "you could have used your xray vision". At the time of the boys death superman was fighting some cosmic threat or another that only he could defeat. The guilt was illustrated beautifuly, and it was kind of the first time i really thought about superman in that light. It didnt really make me like him better, because when i was a kid superman kind of lost me when he spun the earth backwards to save loise. But still.
Hellsboy - 1/21/2013, 6:28 AM
superman is misunderstood and thats part of his character people love him but many fear him as they should,but the reason hes so humble is because the ideals his parents taught him kind of the reason why hes so fearful of what he will unleash. he ponders what could he do but realizes thats not what hes their to do he owes it to his actual parents to be a good man
Spideyguy94 - 1/21/2013, 6:56 AM
Ever character has misconception's. Superman's is that he's too powerful and that he's not relatable, and the people who say that annoy me because superman while he is very powerful he's not unbeatable. Like you said doomsday killed him and all he used was his fists. And when people say he's not relatable, that annoys me as well because the thing with superman is that there are 2 personalities, Clark and superman. Superman is the ultimate image of good, he's what we should all be striving to be and he's not relatable. Clark on the other hand is, he has his problems, self doubt and in general is the human side of superman stories.

Cap's is that he's useless and just a tool of the government. The thing with cap is that while he's not the most powerful hero in the marvel universe he can hold his own against characters more powerful than him, through strategy and observation. A perfect example of this is his fight against spider-man during civil war. On paper spidey should beat cap, but through observation cap knew spidey's attacks and when he opens himself up and is vulnerable to attack. And those who say he's a tool for the American government, he's not. He's a tool to the American people and what America was founded upon.
AC1 - 1/21/2013, 8:27 AM
Many people, myself included, have thought that Superman should be somewhat depowered. I've recently realised I was wrong, his powers should be embraced due to the negative impact they'd have on him - he always has to be in control, he's always distant from humanity, he's destined to outlive everyone he loves like a hundred times over. He's physically powerful, but he's also cursed. That creates an incredibly dramatic dynamic that hasn't been explored yet in a CBM (and is rarely touched upon in the comics).
AC1 - 1/21/2013, 8:30 AM
And Cap's powers - being the perfect physical human, reflects his personality as being the best of humanity, he's a thoroughly good person through and through. Again, that's a very different dynamic when he's placed in a world that's trying to force him to be more morally ambiguous - he is forced to struggle to maintain his own beliefs.
aresww3 - 1/21/2013, 10:10 AM
Great article. I might do one on two of my favorite heroes who are commonly misunderstood. Hulk and Wonder Woman. However Hulks rep has got a lot better since The Avengers.
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 1/21/2013, 11:01 AM
That's the reason why Superman will always be the best superhero of all time. He's the most powerful being in DC, yet doesn't want world domination. He has more responsibility than most other superheros, he ALWAYS has to be on guard, he doesn't get to take a break. Hes pretty much the embodiment of good.
ThunderKat - 1/21/2013, 2:03 PM

You're messing up your 'to' and 'too.' And a "weal" hero? "Him just like..."

Re-read and edit to make some more sense.

I'm uncertain these two are as misunderstood as you claim. In both universes, they all look up to both heroes for leadership, guidance, and exemplary behavior.

DarkGrifter - 1/21/2013, 2:04 PM
Great editorial. I think a lot of these misconceptions come from bad writing, Superman has often been written as being a very one-dimensional character where the only conflict that arises is that of someone else's, and Superman is there simply to save the day.
The core of the character is very different though and, like you described, is a much more complex character than he is at times depicted as being.
SuperBatCap1 - 1/21/2013, 7:05 PM
I've had an idea for an editorial like this for...forever! ;) Thanks for the idea and honest opinion, dude. They're pretty great and my favorite, to boot!

Also, big kudos for the opening Batman quote from Superman/Batman:Supergirl
It's one of my favorite arcs in all comics
SuperBatCap1 - 1/21/2013, 7:10 PM
@Dark Grifter : I agree wholeheartedly with your writing statement. Hence, why I'm super excited for Scott Synder's Man of Steel comic series. I think he'll be able to point out the dramatics in Superman's whole world. Which is sorely needed in the New 52 for him, I might add.
superbatspiderman - 1/21/2013, 7:20 PM
Great article. These are the reasons why I love both of these characters they are the best of humanity and true heroes. Superman especially because he isn't even human yet he is just as human as the rest of the world. Both have great power but humble hearts.
pesmerga44 - 1/22/2013, 12:25 AM
On topic though I also can't stand it when people see Captain America as a jingoist flag waver. They think because he wears the red white and blue and is called Captain America he is some government lap dog who never questions it. That is wrong on so many levels he doesn't believe in the U.S. government, he respects it just doesn't put his faith in it, he believes in the ideals of America in which America fails to live up to everyday. He doesn't only fight for America he fights for all those who are unable to fight for themselves.
pesmerga44 - 1/22/2013, 12:31 AM
@sikwon a woman that was blaming superman for not saving her son from cancer, "you could have used your xray vision"

Ah that whole thing was crap I am sorry go watch Linkara's review ,on That Guy With the Glasses, of Superman issue 701 and he perfectly goes over why that lady was so [frick]ing stupid. Just before this comic they had a big Superman event called War of the Supermen. The shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor who were shrunk by Brainiac were freed by Superman and they were moved to New Krypton. Well General Zod becomes the leader of New Krypton and he leads an invasion of Earth.

Well during this event where Superman saves the entire freaking world this ladies husband dies of a brain tumor. She then goes to Superman during a press conference and says how it is his fault that Superman was to busy saving the world to come find her husband and do a random xray scan of his head to see if he had any tumors. That is utter crap and terrible writing to have such a selfish and utterly retarded person say how if he didn't save the world her husband would be alive.

Question 1 how would Superman know to find this one person and to check if he had a brain tumor he is not omniscience. 2 if they knew he had this tumor before he died how would she contact Superman he doesn't have a little red phone like Adam West Batman to call him up. Last but not least number 3 he was saving the entire world at this time so billions of lives dealing with an immediate threat or one man with a disease. I am sorry but there are much much better ways to make Superman try to become more "grounded" like the event this whole thing started where Superman walks the U.S. Forest Gump style to become more connected with the everyman. They could of had something where Superman was chasing a villain and a kid he saw died because he thought it better to go after the villain. Something where Superman saw the life of that person less important then doing something else. Just not that crap where Superman is fighting off an invasion of Supermen and some guy dies of a brain tumor which he had no idea who this guy was.
SuperBatCap1 - 2/5/2013, 5:24 PM
Well put, Splenda. Well put!

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