4. Superman: Birthright
Comic book artists love telling (and retelling) Superman’s origin, and Birthright takes another stab at figuring out Kal-El’s introduction to our planet. Instead of going through the motions once again, Snyder could borrow from the second half of Mark Waid’s story, which involves Lex Luthor, the destruction of Krypton (leading to more scenes for the great Russell Crowe), and the threat of a dangerous militaristic antagonist named Van-Gar … which, now that I think about it, seems to be Michael Shannon’s inspiration for General Zod.

5. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Truth, Justice and the American Way?
A standalone issue from 2001, this Superman story takes the ball Snyder started bouncing and runs with it by exploring the amount of power Superman wields on our planet – where we’re so physically inferior. The story pits Superman against Manchester Black and The Elite, rogue antiheroes who kill their opponents … helping them gain popularity from a bloodthirsty global population. Superman thinks that their methods of crime-fighting are wrong, and he challenges them to a battle on one of Jupiter’s moons, just to prove the point that his way, the American way, is the right way.

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