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Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 12:39:57 PM   
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I was just wondering why Superman  wears a cape???

At first I thought it was because he needs it to fly...no!
Then I thought it was because of his identity...no!
Now I'm just thinking, because it looks cool.
The updated Superman didn't need a cape, so why oh why does the 'classic' one have one??? 
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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 12:41:13 PM   
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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 12:53:21 PM   
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A) Because it makes the flying look more visual as the wind buffets him, B) it was the style on Krypton.

Duh.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 1:03:37 PM   
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The updated Superman didn't need a cape, so why oh why does the 'classic' one have one??? 


He's still got it and always has had, as far as I know.  Wasn't it made out of his blankie?

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 1:07:56 PM   
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Why does he wear a suit anyway? I mean, from what I understand of my Superman lore (which is not a great deal) didn't his mum make it? So it's clearly not any more resistant to the forces he exerts on it than any other man-made fiber is and even if some part of it is Kryptonian in origin does it have to be so fancy? What's wrong with a plain jumpsuit? Like people are going to take him any less seriously in something a bit more basic? It's not like he's a fashion icon, everyone in Metropolis favours the dull grey suit-and-tie look, so I don't know why he bothers with any of it.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 1:56:27 PM   
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The updated Superman didn't need a cape, so why oh why does the 'classic' one have one??? 


He's still got it and always has had, as far as I know.  Wasn't it made out of his blankie?


When DC  re-invented him, they changed his suit.  There was a red and a blue Superman, with electricity coming out of his eyes.
Like this:

Way much cooler!!!

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:03:00 PM   
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Was it not because our self-conscious vain Supes once came out with the classic, "Does my bum look big in this?" remark?????

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:05:30 PM   
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He doesn't mind showing us his tackle though does he!!!

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:12:49 PM   
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Oh yeah, I forgot about that 'Superman Blue' thing.  There was a red version too, at the same time, so I don't know if one or both of them turned out to be clones or superbots (or whatever).  They only lasted about 5 minutes though, didn't they?

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:15:13 PM   
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Oh yeah, I forgot about that 'Superman Blue' thing.  There was a red version too, at the same time, so I don't know if one or both of them turned out to be clones or superbots (or whatever).  They only lasted about 5 minutes though, didn't they?


It lasted longer than that, it took me at least 15 minutes to read the comic!!!

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:18:31 PM   
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I was just wondering why Superman  wears a cape???


cuz he's superman...duh

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:30:58 PM   
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ORIGINAL: machten

Why does he wear a suit anyway? I mean, from what I understand of my Superman lore (which is not a great deal) didn't his mum make it? So it's clearly not any more resistant to the forces he exerts on it than any other man-made fiber is and even if some part of it is Kryptonian in origin does it have to be so fancy? What's wrong with a plain jumpsuit? Like people are going to take him any less seriously in something a bit more basic? It's not like he's a fashion icon, everyone in Metropolis favours the dull grey suit-and-tie look, so I don't know why he bothers with any of it.


Yep, his Mum made his suit from the blanket he was wrapped in inside his escape shuttle. I believe it doesn't fall apart because it's skin-tight and the powers that give him impenetrable skin extend ever so slightly out of his body, just enough to cover the suit but not his cape, which often gets wrecked. That little detail was created later on by the writers of Superman to explain why his suit never got burned or ripped or whatever.

As for WHY he wears the suit, it's because he figured it would make people trust him (again, this is probably made up by writers later on; the creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, probably just thought it looked good). Rather than sneak about in the shadows and wear dark colors, like Batman, he chose to be very obvious and public with his powers and abilities, in the hope that people wouldn't fear him and instead would trust him easily.

That's my take on it, anyways

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:37:20 PM   
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Which is all well and dandy, but I was reffering to his cape, not his suit!!!

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 2:39:58 PM   
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How camp.

Still curious about the conversation that lead to the infamous, "Well, why don't you try wearing the underwear on the outside?" comment...

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 3:30:52 PM   
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Que funny joke from the Incredibles about wearing capes...

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 3:33:42 PM   
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Because without the cape he just looks like a twat with his knickers on the outside.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 3:37:59 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: wannabe

I was just wondering why Superman  wears a cape???

At first I thought it was because he needs it to fly...no!
Then I thought it was because of his identity...no!
Now I'm just thinking, because it looks cool.
The updated Superman didn't need a cape, so why oh why does the 'classic' one have one??? 


I think someone's watched The Incredibles a bit too often

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 4:05:26 PM   
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It makes him fly faster.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 4:11:06 PM   
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it makes me want him to wrap that gorgeuos fabric; what is it, silk? around me, and whisk me away with him into the night sky!

*sighs*

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 6:33:32 PM   
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I believe I answered this question already.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 6:38:14 PM   
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the real question, is what is that big S thing that Superman throws around the bad guy in Superman II? it doesn't seem to do anything

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 7:06:53 PM   
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why the fuck not? if i could fly i would wear one too,itd look the shit

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 7:49:36 PM   
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Where does Superman stoe his cape when he's got normal clothes on? 

His suit is skin tight so can easily be consealed under a suit, but the cape couldn't! He'd have a big bulge on his back.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 7:56:15 PM   
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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 6/7/2006 11:48:10 PM   
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it actually occurred to me the other day just how daft superman looks.

superman looks preety daft.


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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 7/7/2006 6:05:12 AM   
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Are you gonna tell him not to wear it, wannabe?

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 7/7/2006 9:42:54 AM   
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I bet he sweats like a bitch with his normal suit on and his Superman suit underneath.

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 7/7/2006 10:40:24 AM   
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I bet he sweats like a bitch with his normal suit on and his Superman suit underneath.


might be a good thing hes invunerable then

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 7/7/2006 10:50:56 AM   
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quote:

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Where does Superman stoe his cape when he's got normal clothes on? 

His suit is skin tight so can easily be consealed under a suit, but the cape couldn't! He'd have a big bulge on his back.



I think he stores it in his trunks!!!

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RE: Why does Superman wear a cape??? - 7/7/2006 10:57:40 AM   
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Was it not because our self-conscious vain Supes once came out with the classic, "Does my bum look big in this?" remark?????


That's what I was thinking...

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