There’s this pervasive notion that Superman is the most uninteresting character in comic books. The argument is that because of his near invulnerability and innate goodness, there’s just nothing interesting about him. That's why it's impossible to make a good Superman movie. To counter: was it uninteresting when Superman ripped a dude’s arm off?
In reality, there are a multitude of interesting things about Superman. How could there not be? The guy has been around for 80 years! As such, Superman transcends comics. He is an integral part of American cultural history. After all, are comic books not the American mythology? Supes is the top of the heap. He is Zeus. He is Odin. He is the alpha. Simply put, Superman is the best.
Not only will this list offer you reasons Superman is not boring, but it will teach you a thing or two you almost certainly did not know about the Man of Steel. In fact, given his rich history, there's a pretty convincing case for why Superman is the greatest hero of all time.
Superman Is More Than Just A Fighter, He's A Caretaker
Kal-El is a man of science, and as such, he collects and protects rare and important artifacts and animals. He's like Indiana Jones, but good at his job. Some of his trophies include weapons used against him and his fellow League members by villains, like Brainiac's shrinking gun, and he also houses extraterrestrial beings in need of conservation.
He has a zoo containing alien animals saved from the Preserver's ship (basically the Collector of the DC Universe), and he dedicates a lot of his time and resources to keeping them happy and healthy. Superman is a very intelligent and thoughtful person, and his menagerie is a reflection of that.
Superman Took On The REAL KKK
This is a pretty wild and complex story, made all the more fascinating by the fact the original Superman creators were Jewish. In fact, Kal-El roughly translates from Hebrew as "Voice of God." In the '40s, there was a serialized radio program entitled The Adventures of Superman. The most notable of his adventures over the airwaves was the 16-part story called "Clan of the Fiery Cross" in which he took on the Klu Klux Klan.
Real-life activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK and passed information about them along to the producers of Superman's radio show, who in turn used their medium to make the public aware of the actual activities of the Klan. Historians believe it affected the Klan's recruitment, as Kennedy exposed how incompetent and childish the members of the Klan really were. Take that, evildoers!
Superman Threw Down A Meta-Hammer On Capitalism
In 2012, The Curse of Superman straight-up attacked the corporatization of Superman. It was critical of the mechanism by which his stories had become diluted for the sake of broad appeal and increased sales. The villain of the story is essentially an evil corporation that monetized the very idea of Superman. This story really highlights the diversity of Superman. He's become so many things to so many people, writers and artists can use him to tell any kind of story they want. Even ones about the dangers of capitalism.
Writers Grant Morrisson and Gene Ha didn't lay the blame solely at the feet of the industry, but on the fans as well – basically blaming all parties for draining the substance from the character for the sake of colorful action and hollow battles. So, really, shame on all of us. We killed Superman. How do we sleep at night?!
Superman Tried To Protect Real World Children From Land Mines
In 1996, DC created a free comic book for war-torn countries known to struggle with active land mines. It was called Superman: Deadly Legacy, and tried to educate children on how to spot (and stay away from) mined areas. See, Superman is such a powerful symbol, so culturally pervasive that he can carry out real world change. If even one Bosnian child was saved by the Man of Steel, he would have saved more lives in our world than 99% of comic book characters. That kind of influence over flesh-and-blood human beings alone makes Superman one of the most compelling comic book heroes of all time.