Now ABC News brings together all of these threads to examine duality, identity and the battle to claim Superman:
Questions about Superman’s real identity had been raised long before he became a gay icon.
In the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the character Bill shares his view on what Clark Kent — Superman’s other half — says about humanity.
“An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero, and there’s the alter ego,” Bill says. “Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman — Superman was born Superman.”