im not a clark x diana gal at all but this is actually super sweet
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So my favourite part of the Superman/Batman Annual #1 isn’t that they slept in the same bed. It’s that, in order to protect their secret identities, Clark used his superspeed to undress Bruce and put him in pink heart boxers, a fluffy gown…and nothing else lol
Take this with a grain of salt or however you want.
I just thought it was interesting.
Can we give up on the whole “I kept my identity a secret to keep you safe!” cliché? I mean yeah, it can make sense, but we never actually see why until no-one cares about it anymore. At this point it’s like probes and aliens; if the reference isn’t made then is it even about aliens anymore? Superheroes equal a secret identity that keeps their loved ones safe.
Now let’s think about this, how does keeping secrets from someone protect them? Well Superman and The Flash frequently have characters putting themselves at risk knowing “he” will save them, but they also do that before the secret is out. Maybe Lois Lane or Iris West will head into dangerous situations, worried about their loved one, something that is more likely to happen when you know them as a vulnerable person and not an invulnerable paragon.
These all make sense and are worth exploring, but other than a passing mention it is never expanded on. Pretty sure “If you knew then my enemies would come after you” is a standard, recurring line in any superhero story, and it’s true. If Luthor knew that this total stranger possessed Superman’s secret. If not, then it’s irrelevant.
Given how these heroes can’t leave their friends alone for long even in costume, it’s kinda irrelevant if the loved one knows or not. Lois and Superman have been seen together. A lot.
If this isn’t going to be explored, then do something new. Do something fun.
Like what? Well “I was protecting myself”; people slip up, it’s true. The only person you can trust not to slip up is you, and even then there’s still a chance. Or “I was scared”, which is admittedly one that is done fairly often, but not usually the main focus. Batwoman is doing it with her dad, but I’d like to see it being the main reason for once and expanded on.
How about “It’s fun!” Seriously, if you are going to be a superhero then why not play the part? A secret identity is part of the starter pack, as is destiny somehow roping everyone the hero has ever known into the story (seriously, the f*ck is with that?).
There are more: “it was only meant to be temporary”, where the hero only meant to solve one crime, catch one criminal, save one person, but were unable to stop. This adds an interesting dynamic for when they inevitably continue: what do they do now? Fess up? Keep it quiet? Maybe go the Eyeshield 21 route where they’re pressured into keeping it quiet. Or they are aware that once they tell someone the truth it can’t be undone, and so want to deliberate first.
There are so many possible reasons to keep one’s alter ego quiet that I can’t think of them all by myself in the fifteen minutes it took to draft this, so why isn’t this explored more often? Well obviously it’s because we can’t have superheroes without the “protecting you” schtick, so we include it.
they KNOW old clark is my weakness he’s really working with his tits out like this tjdgjdgdgjdghjd
EBay purchase…Superman 249. First appearance of Terra-Man. Neal Adams cover.
Superman and Batman by Bruno Redondo
[Nightwing #30, 1999]