By W. Scott Poole 18 November 2013
Superman has always been the most problematic superhero even while seemingly being the simplest. Created in the ‘30s by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish kids from Cleveland, Superman embodied sheer, unadulterated power that mirrored the ideologies of blood and iron that rose out of the chaos of two World Wars (including American exceptionalism).
Fascination with Superman is the fascination with unlimited power on the side of the good guys. The controversy that surrounds the ending of Man of Steel has emerged in part because it seems to contradict the generally hopeful reading of the Superman mythos, the idea that the übermensch will decide to act like a Messiah rather than an incarnated apocalypse.