Throughout the years, Superman’s disguise when he appears in public as Clark Kent has been questioned. While other comic book heroes such as Batman or Iron Man have their face covered, Superman flies around with his hair slicked back and his face exposed. So why is it that nobody can put two and two together and realize that Superman is Clark Kent?
What separates Clark Kent from the Man of Steel is his iconic glasses, and many have said that it’s the lamest disguise for a superhero.
I don’t see how the people that are in the superman movies can’t tell that Clark Kent is superman.. Like literally all he has on is glasses
— Whis〽✨++® (@ZeekThomas) March 6, 2016
I just realized the people in metropolis stupid this man superman throw on glasses and don’t know body know it’s that mf how????????????
— Denny (@denny_working) March 7, 2016
Broke my glasses yesterday and almost revealed my true identity of Superman accidentally
— Kareem Ali (@RealKareemAli) March 3, 2016
So, to prove that Clark Kent’s disguise is good enough, Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, paraded around Times Square to see if anyone would recognize him. As Entertainment Weekly reported, the Man of Steel went to the most populated areas in New York City, which is filled with Batman v Superman posters, and spent time in different areas waiting for people to recognize him. Cavill even went as far as wearing a shirt with the Superman symbol.
Henry Cavill has a proven a point and may have answered the questions regarding Clark Kent’s disguise. He was not even wearing Clark Kent’s glasses, and yet nobody recognized him. Cavill posted a video on his Instagram account, which you can view below, stating, “the glasses are good enough.”
When not saving lives, Superman lives a normal life as Clark Kent, a journalist for the Daily Planet, a broadsheet newspaper based in the city of Metropolis. And if you don’t already know, as Slate mentioned in a report, Clark Kent’s glasses are not merely a disguise; they actually serve a purpose. In the comic books, specifically Superman #330 The Master Mesmerizer of Metropolis, it was suggested that Superman focuses a hypno-beam at everyone he encounters through his glasses, preventing them from recognizing his identity as Superman.
— MovieWeb (@movieweb) March 17, 2016
In fact, Superman himself thought the glasses were a dumb disguise, as written in his thought bubble in the comic book.
“Hmm, now that I stop to think about it… that’s the dumbest disguise I’ve ever seen! What am I supposed to look like? A totally different person? Uh-unh! Superman wearing glasses is what I look like!”
Superman then proceeds to save the day from the menace Spellbinder. After a day’s work, he dresses up in his suit and glasses but midway is interrupted by Lana Lang. Superman thinks that he’s been caught. “Great suns! I’ve been caught red-handed — changing to Clark! My secret identity is finished!”
Lana, however, doesn’t make the connection and asks why he is wearing glasses and a suit. His identity is safe.
“Apparently, my power of super-hypnotism is working — at low power… even when I’m not willing it! It automatically projects my subconscious desire to be seen as a weaker and frailer man than I really am!”
“Some unknown property of the kryptonian plexiglass must intensify the low-level hypnotic effect of my eyes! So, when people look at Clark… what they see is the image of Clark I try to project!”
So there you have it. The answer behind the question has been there all along. The glasses indeed work, and they’re a pretty good disguise for Clark Kent.
Catch Henry Cavill as Superman when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25.
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