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Ever Wonder What The "S" On Supermans chest stood for?


 Ever Wonder What The "S" On Supermans chest stood for?
topic by illmatic826 - 04-16-2013, 09:55 PM - Boxden > The TV and Movie Spot


Wait -- so that "S" doesn't stand for "Superman"?

Actually, that symbol on Superman's chest -- the one that millions of fans have come to a$sume means "Superman" since, you know, the beginning of time, stands for something perhaps even greater. And, actually, it's not even an "S" at all.

"It's not an S," says the Man of Steel during what looks like a much less romantic interview with Lois Lane than the one in the original 1978 film. "On my world it means hope."
"Well, here it's an 'S'," replies Lois. "How about ... 'Supe ..."


A bit of interrogation-room feedback interrupts the tireless Daily Planet reporter, leaving the Man of Steel without the name we've all come to know him by.
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This is the most striking moment of the third and supposedly final trailer for "Man of Steel," presenting director Zack Snyder's new film as without a doubt a bold revisionist vision of a beloved character. This Superman isn't even called Superman -- at least not in that scene, anyway.
The new trailer succeeds in presenting "Man of Steel" as the film we hope it truly is: a moody, insightful character study involving a solitary alien seeking some sort of identity and purpose on our planet -- indeed, someone who has spent his whole life "covering his tracks" and hiding his abilities from a society that will outcast him if he appears too "different" -- and a kick-ass mega-action film in which a guy in a blue suit and red cape flies around and shoots heat lasers from his eyes and punches Michael Shannon. If Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have maintained this tightrope act throughout the entire film as well as the marketing team has in this new trailer, then we've definitely got ourselves a winner.
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The new trailer also gives us our first look at what looks like a war-torn Krypton and how Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends baby Kal-El on his "mission of hope," as it were. We see that Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, is definitely a child of two fathers, fathers who help shape him into the superhero he grows up to be ("You are my son," says Kevin Costner's Jonathan Kent to his frightened adopted son in the trailer's most touching moment).
And we also get lots of fire and explosions and a few instances of Michael Shannon's decidedly non-Terrence Stamp-like portrayal of notorious Kryptonian villain General Zod, whose exclamation of "I WILL FIND HIM!" already puts him into the camp of gleefully over-the-top comic book villains. Zod is not the suave British gentleman that Stamp portrayed -- Shannon's bad guy is a much more General Patton kind of military (super)man.

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41 comments for "Ever Wonder What The "S" On Supermans chest stood for?"


 04-17-2013, 01:21 AMonline - #2
Slam 2 Point Oh 3 heat pts

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You know I always felt like The S wasnt really for Superman cuz ive seen comics and episodes of superman lore and they have the symbol on different parts of Krypton.
 04-17-2013, 03:33 AMonline - #3
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The S is the House Sigil or Coat of Arms for his family, the House of El on Krypton. Everybody in that family wears it.

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 04-17-2013, 04:32 AMaway - #4
OldeEnglish22oz 5 heat pts

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Well this is news to me.
 04-17-2013, 06:08 AMaway - #5
Monoblock 3 heat pts

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I thought everyone knew this already.
 04-17-2013, 06:53 AMaway - #6
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Originally Posted by Monoblock
I thought everyone knew this already.
yea me too..

probably will end up being the best story in the series like BB
 04-17-2013, 08:16 AMaway - #7
illmatic826 382 heat pts382

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I had no clue not that i ever really gave a !! imjust waiting on that hot topic
 04-17-2013, 08:58 AMaway - #8
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Originally Posted by Marccoogs19
The S is the House Sigil or Coat of Arms for his family, the House of El on Krypton. Everybody in that family wears it.
Co sign Superman has mentioned it millions of times in the comics that the S stood for more than just what people see. He said it was the family sign of the house of El.

I remember reading a Green Lantern book a long time ago where the Guardians told Superman that if Krypton hadn't exploded and he sent to earth, he was destined to become a Green Lantern.

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 04-17-2013, 04:11 PMaway - #9
sayyam 12 heat pts12

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!! would of been tight if they started the reboot with the fall of his planet
 04-17-2013, 06:25 PMonline - #10
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thought it just meant Super
 04-17-2013, 06:34 PMaway - #11
Gchild781 

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Never knew this.



Also didnt know my nicca st@bler was in this movie.
 04-17-2013, 06:37 PMonline - #12
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i thought it meant secksy
damn im gettin rid of all my superman shirts now!
 04-17-2013, 06:37 PMaway - #13
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Originally Posted by Marccoogs19
The S is the House Sigil or Coat of Arms for his family, the House of El on Krypton. Everybody in that family wears it.
Thanks. Never knew
 04-17-2013, 06:39 PMonline - #14
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So it doesn't stand for semi-auto?
 04-17-2013, 06:40 PMaway - #15
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Nice, i like how they doing this. Gonna be the greatest superman to date.

Sidenote: So all you superman fans in here and only a few of you know that the symbol on his chest is not an "S"?!
 04-17-2013, 06:53 PMaway - #16
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Originally Posted by Gchild781
Never knew this.



Also didnt know my nicca st@bler was in this movie.
!!ed up hairline and all
 04-17-2013, 06:59 PMaway - #17
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Fall Of Krypton

Originally Posted by sayyam
!! would of been tight if they started the reboot with the fall of his planet
that will be shown in the movie
 04-17-2013, 07:14 PMaway - #18
Account001 

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Wow... and i thought I had reach god mode in nerddom... guess not
 04-17-2013, 07:21 PMaway - #19
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interesting how they stopped lois from saying superman. thought they worked that copyright issue out in court but i guess not if shes getting cut off in that scene!
 04-17-2013, 07:21 PMaway - #20
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Originally Posted by Daddy Black
Nice, i like how they doing this. Gonna be the greatest superman to date.

Sidenote: So all you superman fans in here and only a few of you know that the symbol on his chest is not an "S"?!
Only DC i cared for was Batman. Literally i know its the taboo thing to say but i effd with Supes very little.
 
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