Welcome back to the show! We slingshot even further back in time by spinning the planet around on its axis, which leaves Alia dizzy and wondering: what’s Kryptonite? Isn’t Lex Luthor supposed to be bald? What’s the deal with Superman’s clothes, anyway?
Matt has answers which may or may not include Krypton as a climate-change denial parable, the removal of “America” from “Justice League Of,” and the enigma of Superman’s supercircumcision. It’s Richard Donner’s 1978 origin story for the superhero movie itself: SUPERMAN!
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February 13, 2015
Once again great podcast. It’s always interesting to hear someone’s reaction new superheroes and unfamiliar with comics. Especially going back to older movies like the 1989 Batman and 1979 Superman. 🙂
Regarding the creators of Superman, not only was one of them Canadian, but one of them Joe Shuster was from Toronto!
As Metropolis was based off the city of Toronto and the Daily Planet was based off the Toronto Star! Sure, modern day versions of Metropolis use New York City or Chicago as the template, but when Superman was first created the only big city that Joe Shuster knew was Toronto. As he met up with the other creator of Superman Jerry Siegel in Cleveland, Ohio, which in the 1930’s was a lot smaller with fewer tall buildings than Toronto.
Meanwhile Joe Shuster had worked as a newsboy (newsies?) for the Toronto Star (back then called the Toronto Daily Star or shorten to Daily Star) and used it as the basis of the Daily Planet. The old Toronto Star building had an art deco look so was the basis of the look of the Daily Planet build and office.
Here’s the entry from Wikipedia for more info about the name:
“While choosing a name for the fictitious newspaper, consideration was given to combining the names of the Globe and Mail and the Daily Star to become The Daily Globe. But when the comic strip appeared, the newspaper’s name was permanently made the Daily Planet to avoid a name conflict with real newspapers.”