If you date his birth to Action Comics No. 1, then Superman turns 75 this year. (His dog, you may recall, is only 58.) And for the occasion, DC Comics has produced a short by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, which packs his voluminous history into two minutes.
If you don’t catch all the references, check out the 75 annotations on the DC website.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.