Originally Posted by soda
Beyond mere villiany, though, there is an essence to Superman that is relatable. One of my co-workers, at the place where I work, is an immigrant from India. He came over here to go to school, he finished, and he found work here. He's been struggling with the oddball immigrations policies of this country for years now. I often think of him, or my parents, who immigrated to this country in the 70s, and think "man, how lonely must that be?" When my parents came here, they had no family or friends here, strangers in a strange land. My co-worker is in a similar situation, he's made some friends, but all of his family, and all of his child-hood friends are on the other side of the planet.
Take that feeling and multiply it by an entire planet, you've lost everyone, your entire civilization, and you're the last member of your race. There is nobody like you, nobody to talk to about who you are, anywhere in the universe. What a lonely and isolated feeling that is. I've never know it, because I was born here, raised here, and this is my home, this is where my friends and family are (more than a few of my family members followed my parents and came over). Being Superman is about being different, being Superman is the immigrant's story. Being Superman is to be the light that shows humanity the way (the parallels with Moses are oh so obviously intentional, being that Superman was created by two Jewish boys from Cleveland). That's a pretty big job, whether he wants it or not.