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  1. My guess is that the joke is the absurdity of Superman as a passenger on a plane. Clearly he has no need to ride in one.

  2. Green Lantern (the Silver Age version) got his power ring from a dying alien Green Lantern, whose spaceship had crashed on earth. For years fans wondered: if the alien GL, like all his peers, could fly between star systems by sheer Ring-boosted will power, what the heck was he doing in a space ship in the first place?

    (DC finally figured out a retcon explanation which I no longer remember; I could look it up, but life is too short. I’m sure if challenged DC would figure out a reason why Supey, in full uniform, is on the airplane as well, but I don’t think I’ll devote any more brain cells to it.)

  3. I think it has something to do with flying inside something that is flying. Perhaps not a joke but it raises the question what exactly is happening when Superman flies. Is he … levitating? What holds him up? Does he weigh anything? And how does an airplane fly. If the plane is floating in the air why can’t we just jump up and float too? And if superman can fly in the air would it be any different then if someone built an airplane around him. And if a truck full of canaries was crossing a bridge with a severe weight limit would it help if all the canaries were flying etc.

  4. ” For years fans wondered: if the alien GL, like all his peers, could fly between star systems by sheer Ring-boosted will power, what the heck was he doing in a space ship in the first place?”

    I have no idea what the real explanation was, but I’d hazard a guess that, since a GL ring has to be recharged every 24 hours from the GL, if you were on a mission that might take more than a day, you might want to take a ship. If the trip takes more than a day, you DEFINITELY want to take a ship.

    As for Supes, when you fly INSIDE the plane, you don’t get bird poops on your cape.

  5. The official GL explanation: that particular Lantern had been psychologically manipulated to constantly fear that his ring’s power would suddenly fail. Courtesy, IIRC, Alan Moore.

  6. He probably got on the plane as Clark Kent so that Lois Lane wouldn’t guess he was Superman, which was the plot of about half the Silver Age stories. But now he has to go to he bathroom, and he’s in the window seat and Lois is asleep in the aisle seat and if he goes out past her she’ll wake up and feel how solid his leg muscles are and figure out he’s superman, so instead he changes into Superman super-quietly at super-speed so he can do his business without waking her up.

  7. But how did he change into his superman suit in the first place? Doesn’t he need some convenient location — like the restroom? So in order to keep Lois in the dark, he first needs to sneak past her to change into superman in the restroom, so he can sneak past her to use the restroom so she doesn’t suspect he’s superman… actually, come to think about it, it does make about as much sense as the average superman story…

  8. “But how did he change into his superman suit in the first place? Doesn’t he need some convenient location”

    Not since at least the first of the Christopher Reeve movies, where he changes super-fast right on the street.
    No explanation was ever given for why a bunch of Metropolitans didn’t report that Clark Kent just disappeared right off the street. Meh. All it takes is a pair of fake eyeglasses and a different hairstyle to fool them. Batman is always having to use body doubles in the batsuit.

  9. James Pollock – he had to change that way as the phone booths were no longer enclosed boxes as they used to be and was a joke in the first of the Christopher Reeves movies.

  10. Yes, I saw the movie, too. The ending was stupid, because they gave Superman a power they hadn’t hinted that he had previously. Oh… I failed to save Lois… no problem, I’ll just go back in time and do it. Sloppy screenwriting.

    Out of all the live-action DC superhero movies, there’s only been three (and a half) that really worked… the second Superman, and the Nolan Batman movies right up until the ending where Batman can stop being Batman. (No, Tim Burton didn’t get Batman right, either. He messed with the Joker’s origin story, and screwed it up.)

    For some reason, it isn’t cinematically possible to make three movies about the same superhero without screwing it up. The third Superman movie, the third X-Men movie, the third Spider-Man movie, the third Batman movie (though the wheels didn’t come fully off until the fourth one…) Thor went the other way (the first two are weak, and it’s the third one that’s any good) and I’m kind of sidestepping around Iron Man because although some people really hated the villain fakeout in Iron Man 3, it worked for me. I have somewhat higher hopes for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

  11. James Pollack – and when he turned the world backwards the over voice of his earth father implied a problem to come in the next movie – but it was never mentioned again.

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