Welcome to Comics Thursday! In these posts, I’ll talk about anything comics/manga related (including animation). To begin, I wanted to follow Dresden Codek’s idea of rebooting the DC Comics universe in my own way. in these series of posts, I’ll reboot DC Comics as if I have total creative control over the characters.
Kryptonians were one of the most advance species in the universe competing with The Guardians for control and influence. They have constantly watched and observed similar species, such as Daxams and Humans, hoping to one day guide “lesser” civilizations to the greater Kryptonian Empire. In their arrogance, they ignored the pleas of the scientist Jor-El of their impending doom. When the end drew near, they recalled all their ambassadors, explorers and military back to Krypton in a last ditch effort to curb Krypton’s destruction. It was too late and the planet blew up shortly after ending the entire Kryptonian race.
However, Jor-El was able to save his infant boy in a small spacecraft that he sent to Earth where Humans lived. Jor-El saw the potential of humans to one day rise to the height of civilization and technology that was Krypton. He hoped that his young son, Kal-El may one day lead humanity to greatness.
Kal-El was found and raised by farmers adopting the name of Clark Kent. Although he knew of his extraterrestial origins, Clark rejects his biological father’s dream of him leading humanity. Still, he saw the potential and greatness of humankind, not as potential Kryptonians, but as they are. He dedicates his powers to help as many lives as he could.
Kryptonians became one of the most advance species before their demise and have evolved the most. They absorb sunlight giving them super-strength, extra-sensory organs, and flight. While these abilities would seem like nothing on Krypton, they make Kal-El godlike on Earth.
I imagined Kryptonians to be an advance evolution of Humans. While they appear human on the outside, they’re biology is different. They are living solar batteries. As a future version of humans, I imagined Kryptonians not hindered by our seperated sense of race and ethnicity. Instead of being of purely white, I decided to make Superman (and all kryptonians) resemble all ethnicities. He is neither white, nor black, nor asian, nor middle eastern, etc. He’s simply, human looking. He’s everyone. He is, afterall, the potential of what humanity can be and should be.
I loved the simplicity of Superman’s costume. My Superman’s costume comes from Krypton; It is his father’s clothing given to Kal-El. It meshes and changes to fit the wearer. The bands on the cuff and forearm represents the Science Guild of Krypton, the Guild that Jor-El belonged to. It’s a reminder to Kal-El that he is not a warrior or a soldier or a conqueror, but a thinker, a find-a-way kind of person. There is one thing that always bothered me about the Superman costumes: how does his cape fit!? In my version, the yellow clasps hold his cape to his costume.
Regarding Clark Kent: no one really suspects Clark Kent to be Superman (although Lois Lane has a big suspicion). It’s all about the body posture and demeanor. Clark acts nerdy and introverted. He always has a smile on his face and is very friendly. When he’s not working, he’s head is always in a book.
Superman gives a larger-than-life aura. He stands up straight giving a strong and confident stance. That is, when he’s not busy saving lives and helping others. My Superman is always on the move (there are many people to save).
Personality: I wanted to keep the best idea of Superman intact: He’s a pure honest good guy that sees the best in us. All he wants to do is help in anyway he can. He inspires others to be the best they could be. He’s what we all are deep inside and what we can be.