“Superman is what I can do. Clark is who I am.”

From: Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Clark Kent

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the 1993 superhero series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. This was a live-action show mostly revolving around the relationship of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

The quote comes from the second season episode entitled Tempus Fugitive. Lois Lane (played by Teri Hatcher) finds out about Clark Kent’s dual identity as Superman. Clark (played by Dean Cain) tries to apologize to Lois for lying to her all these years. When Lois sounds confused as to why Clark would be jealous of her feelings for Superman as they are the same person, he delivers the quote.

Geek wisdom: There is more to you than what you can do. You may be good at something but that doesn’t mean that it’s your entire identity. The same goes with others so we must realize that we are more than what we seem on the surface.

“You can kill a vampire however the fuck you want because vampires don’t fucking exist!”

From: The Death and Return of Superman (Youtube)

Genre: Comics, Internet

Who said it?: Max Landis

The story behind the quote: Sorry for the profanity in the title, however, it was the best way to convey the wisdom from the entire video that Max Landis made. The video is essentially a 15 minute tirade regarding DC Comics’ handling of the Superman “final” battle with Doomsday, his death after the battle with the monster and his eventual resurrection.

The video is extremely well made. If you know the Death and Return of Superman story arc, the video is a pretty exact (but given a comedic spin) retelling. If you’re not familiar with the story, well, the video does give a negatively bias opinion of the storyline. Also, it’s pretty entertaining whether or not you have some knowledge about it.

Also, Max managed to use his contacts to get high-caliber actors such as Elijah Wood to play Cyborg Superman and Mandy Moore as Lois Lane. It makes it extremely fun to watch, especially if you can manage to identify all of the actors and actresses who made cameo roles.

You can go to 15:24 for the quote but it’s much better if you watch the entire thing (especially if you want to get Max’s hilarious view of the story arc.

Geek wisdom: We sometimes let our own creativity be stifled by so-called “conventions” of life. Remember, people believed a long time ago that there was no way we could fly. Well, the Wright brothers didn’t let “conventional” wisdom from creating the first airplane. Now, we can fly from continent to continent quickly without a second thought. Even before that, people believed that the world was flat and that you could go over the edge. It seems hilarious now but that was what people thought of before and you would be an idiot to think otherwise.

Allow yourself to be creative and break the rules sometimes. That’s the only time real innovation can come out.