Whenever I think about Nietzsche’s idea of the “Übermensch” I can’t help but also think about the comic book character Superman. As one of the common translations of “Übermensch” is “Superman” this connection I’ve made may seem obvious; but Superman presents an interesting and ironic interpretation of Nietzsche’s “Übermensch.” Superman is presented as superior in every way to the humans he lives with and yet he adheres to their moral code. What is most interesting is that in the first Superman story, called ‘The Reign of the Superman,’ Superman was actually originally conceived as an immoral villain by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and was in fact inspired by the Nazi interpretation of Nietzsche’s “Übermensch” in that he was a super-powered being who was not bound by the laws or moral code of lesser being and did what he wanted. It wasn’t until later that he was re-imagined as the rigidly moral good guy that most people know him as. Superman is a being that could actually do anything he truly has absolute free will and is not truly bound by any laws even the physical laws of the world he inhabits and yet he still obeys the morals laws of the herd. So, why would a perfect being who could do anything it wanted possibly lower itself to the moral code of the herd?