Almost all of us have a favorite when it comes to superheroes! 😊 We are sure that Superman is one of them. Superman, who is loved all over the world, has a considerable fan base in our country as well. From movies to TV series, from comics to games, every production about this hero attracts great attention. We searched for interesting information about Superman, one of the most loved superheroes for you. Here is the information you have not heard before…
1. The creators of Superman originally imagined him as a villain
Jerry Siegel, one of the creators of Superman, published a story about a mad scientist in January 1933. In this story, called the Superman Reign, Superman was a villain who planned to take over the world. Additionally, he had come from outer space and therefore was using a secret identity. Initial ideas for Superman didn’t actually get much attention. These first stories went on sale on EBay in 2014 and sold for $3.21 million.
2. Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to Superman for only $130
Siegel and Shuster were paid very high salaries while drawing the Superman comics. However, they never received royalties, as they previously sold the rights to the character for $130. Siegel and Shuster were fired in 1947 after suing DC. From that point on, their relationship with DC has been pretty ups and downs. After the death of the couple, their children and grandchildren continued to file many copyright lawsuits.
3. The US government censored Superman during WWII
The mention of nuclear weapons during the Second World War enraged the government. The government was disturbed when Lex Luthor, Superman’s archenemy, launched an attack calling it an atomic bomb. The US War Department requested that the broadcasts be delayed.
4. Superman appeared a few months before Batman
Superman was introduced only a few months before Batman. The calendars showed the year 1945 when they were first seen together. It was 1952 that they met in the comic book universe. Since then, we have seen the two together many times. They even clashed at times.
5. Superman once preferred the mullet hairstyle
This hairstyle, which is increasing in popularity today, was also preferred by Superman in 1993.
6. The actors who played Superman suffered serious misfortunes after this role
The Superman curse actually started with George Reeves playing Superman in a TV show in the 1950s. He had a hard time finding a job after this role. In 1959, he was found dead as a result of a bullet from his own gun. Then, Christopher Reeve, the star of the Superman movies, got his share of this curse. He fell from a horse in 1995 and was paralyzed. The actor who played Superman as a baby in movies died at the age of 14 in a car accident.
7. An Illinois town uses Superman to attract tourists
Our hero, as you all know, lives in Metropolis. Of course, this is a completely fictional city! The real Metropolis, located in the state of Illinois, made a request to DC to be named as Superman’s hometown in 1972. The town, which wants to attract tourists, has been known as the city of Superman since that year.