Superman, Man of Schlemiel?

Superman, the invention of two U.S. Jews, is a profoundly Jewish character whose film history is entwined with that of American Jewry.

It’s hard to imagine anyone less Jewish — or more goyish — than Superman. One could point to his white-bread name, his Midwestern origins, his hypermasculine physique, his feats of strength and his overall Man of Steel status. Yet Superman was the creation of two American Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who envisioned him as a conceptually Jewish character.