I’ve never liked Superman. I enjoyed the Richard Donner movies, I’ve read some of the comics, but as a character he’s never worked for me – because he’s too powerful, hence a bit smug. Kryptonite is cleary the writers’ desperate attempt to give him some vulnerability, but it doesn’t wash. Superman is a lantern-jawed jock, and I kind of like it when he loses.
In Smallville, however, the young Clark Kent is a shy, insecure, sometimes awkward kid – and he really is vulnerable. He’s coming to terms with his powers. He still lets his dad (initially) and his mom boss him around. He’s crippled by his love for the beautiful Lana, but always get tongue tied. Clark Kent I like; Clark (as played by Tom Welling) is a hero I can identify with.
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