Why can Superman fly on Earth? | Superman Blog

Why can Superman fly on Earth?

Early Superman being heroic

Flight - The ability to naturally defy and operate independently of gravity and propel himself through the air at will.

Originally, he only had the power to jump great distances, as stated by the 1940s Superman cartoons ("Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"). Has ranged from simply being able to jump great distances using his vast strength, to beginning in late 1941 being able to accelerate, float in midair, change direction while traveling.

Later he became able to traverse interstellar distances without stopping.

Lex Luthor once theorized that Superman had to stem from a gigantic planet with enormous gravity, where his species had developed natural anti-gravity organs to be able to function; on Earth, this would allow him to control his own gravimetric field in order to fly.

When making the cartoons, the Fleischer Brothers found it difficult to keep animating him leaping and requested to DC to change his ability to flying; this was an especially convenient concept for short films, which would have otherwise had to waste precious running time moving earthbound Clark Kent from place to place. Writers gradually increased his powers to larger extents during the Silver Age, in which Superman could fly to other worlds and galaxies and even across universes with relative ease.

Now, to address your "he is supercharged by our sun's solar energy or something like that." comment, Wiki says:

The source of Superman's powers has changed subtly over the course of his history.

It was originally stated that Superman's abilities derived from his Kryptonian heritage, which made him eons more evolved than humans.


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