It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Screen Rant takes a look at the science behind Superman’s powers – Super Strength, Speed, Perception, Invulnerability, Heat Vision, and more. This awesome short documentary explores it all.

One of the most well-known characters in comic book history, Superman is also one of the oldest. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Superman first appeared in Action Comics number 1 – all the way back in June of 1938, setting the stage for countless superheroes that followed in the next seventy-eight years (and counting). While certain elements of Superman’s backstory and powers remain the same nearly eight decades later, different writers and artists also brought with them changes to the hero’s mythology. Some carried forward, adding to Superman canon, while others were set aside and abandoned when they were no longer needed.

While there is not one “official” Superman, though fans will likely have their favorites, DC Comics has attempted to refine the Man of Steel over the years – delving deeper and deeper into why the Kryptonian hero can do the various “super” things he does. Superman’s powers are no secret but how, exactly, science (albeit science fiction) contributes to Kal-El’s super-human abilities is less well-known. This might be a review for the biggest Superman lovers (footage of Jerry Seinfeld) but, for fans who want to know more about the Big Blue Boy Scout, we’re digging into the god-like biology of Earth’s iconic Kryptonian for our latest docu-series video: the real science behind Superman’s coolest powers.

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