26 – Symbol – Suit – Flight

coverblackA short survey on the history of the symbol, the suit, and flight; how Man of Steel honors that history; and insight into Jor-El’s speech and what all of this means to Clark.

Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Why is Krypton called Krypton?
  • Who are John Carter, Hugo Danner, and Doc Savage?
  • Why was the Symbol so prescient?
  • How was the symbol and suit explained in Man of Steel?
  • A 1981 interview with Siegel and Shuster
  • The history of the tights and why the briefs went
  • What is a Transfiguration?
  • How the audience changed from 1940
  • How was realism used to relate to today’s audience
  • Building Kryptonian Culture
  • The history of making Superman fly on screen
  • Why is flight so liberating for Clark?

…and more!

The Evolution of Superman’s “S” Shield | Steve Younis
Superman Kryptonian Assistant Professor Christine Schreyer | ubco.tv
Ep#100: Interview with Christine Schreyer | Conlangery
Superman’s Costume – Strongmen Inspiration with Brad Ricca | The National
Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (audio) | Larry Tye
Transfiguration Sunday | Chuck Knows Church
CBR: Comic Book Legends Revealed #373 | Brian Cronin
Superman: The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Man of Steel | Les Daniels

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  1. I liked that “Man Of Steel” had Kryptonian (or is it Kryptonese in this version) hidden on the walls and that it was related to Joseph Campbell.

    “We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.’

    I can’t wait to find out what the Kryptonian symbols on the Batman v. Superman suit say! It’s a shame none of us can figure it out! 🙂

    Fun episode!

    • Thanks for listening. I’m not as up on my Campbell as I’d like considering his impact, that quote is really poetic and- interestingly enough- has that same kind of ironic outcomes as the Bee Gee’s “I Started A Joke” that’s adapted during the Squad trailer. Thanks for highlighting this!

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