Superman is one of the most iconic comic book characters of all-time. Created by high school students Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933, the Man of Steel’s story has evolved and become more complex over the years. But the basics are that his real name is Kal-El and he was sent to Earth by his parents before his home planet of Krypton was destroyed. He was found by a childless couple in Kansas, who raised him as Clark Kent. As an adult, he would embrace his God-like abilities and devoted his life to helping humanity while maintaining a secret identity.
Despite his near-invincible status, Superman has been “killed” off numerous times in his long history (just like most comic book characters, to be honest). Naturally, the hero of Metropolis never stays completely dead for very long, no matter how brutal or tragic his death. After all, you can’t keep selling comics and making movies if you kill off the main character for good. That being said, here are 10 times that DC Comics had Superman die — at least for a little while.
10. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
We’ll start with the recent (and maybe the most obvious) example of Superman kicking the bucket, in the 2016 movie Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film itself was met with mixed reactions for his long run time and transparent ending (spoiler alert: Batman and Superman are actually on the same side!) Then, in a piece of weird writing, it turns out that the real villain of the movie is some monster created by Lex Luthor’s mad scientisting, which everyone assumes is Doomsday (we think?).
Anwway, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman all team up to battle this thing, only to discover that it’s only weakness is Kryptonite. While Batman and Wonder Woman distract him, Superman stabs Doomsday with a krytponite spear only to end up stabbed through the chest himself by one of the bad guy’s bones. They have a funeral for him and everything. And since we’re nowhere to be found in the trailers for the upcoming Justice League movie, we’re totally sure that he will stay dead this time *wink wink*.