Last week, news broke that J.J. Abrams is producing a Black-led reboot of the Kryptonian hero written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, an acclaimed social activist and author of Black Panther comics. Fans have been waiting for a Black Superman for years; Michael B. Jordan even attempted to get one off the ground with Warner Bros. in 2019. Although it finally appears to be happening, the similarities between Superman and the Black experience have been present since the hero's inception.
A main, reoccurring attribute of Superman's heroic identity is the unwavering feeling of otherness. He's an alien who blends in with humanity, and is even accepted by them in times of triumph.