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Bet you didn’t know Superman had some Canadian connections (15 Photos & Video)
With Batman v Superman: DOJ coming out in theatres tomorrow, everyone is going crazy about actually seeing the DC Trinity on film, and also, to see Superman redeemed after that Man of Steel ending.
But did you know that Superman, symbol of “Truth, Justice and the American Way” has some Canadian connections?
Superman’s co-creator Joe Shuster was from Toronto, Ontario., moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 1924.
After meeting Jerry Seigel in high school, the two began collaborating on comics. Shuster admits that he modelled Metropolis and the Daily Planet, after his childhood town of Toronto and his first job of delivering the Toronto Daily Star. Their early sketches were done on the back of wallpaper samples they had found, as they couldn’t afford real paper.
Shuster’s influcence in comics was such that our comic book awards are named the Joe Shuster Awards, after an artist who helped create the most iconic and recognized superhero today.
Previous winners include Bryan Lee O’Malley (creator of the Scott Pilgrim books) and Todd McFarlane.
Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in Superman I-IV with Christopher Reeve, is from Yellowknife, Northwest Territory.
She also made a guest appearance on Smallville, as a partner of another Superman alumnus; Christopher Reeve.
As well, Ontario-born actor Robert Beatty played a tanker captain in Superman III and the U.S. president in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Glenn Ford, who was born in Quebec, played Jonathan Kent in 1978’s Superman.
Guess that’s why Clark is so nice, his dad’s secretly Canadian!
Speaking of Smallville, the long-running WB/CW show was filmed in British Columbia, just outside of Surrey in a town called Cloverdale. Local businesses stood in for iconic Smallville locations.
As well, some emerging Canadian talent found their way on the show in some pretty important roles in the Superman mythos. Erica Durance and Aaron Ashmore (twin brother of Shawn; X-men’s Iceman) played Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson respectively. Other Canadians on the show included Kristen Kruek, Laura Vandervoort, Colbie Smulders and Evangeline Lily.
Fun Fact: Amy Adams, the current Lois Lane guest starred in an episode too.
Before he was Batman, and after he was Daredevil, Ben Affleck played George Reeves playing Superman in 2006’s Hollywoodland, which was filmed in Toronto. Reeves was the troubled star of the 1950’s Adventures of Superman tv show.
Hamilton, Ont. native Jonathan Hale portrayed Professor Roberts in the ’50s TV series Adventures of Superman. That’s him in the goatee right in front of Superman.
There’s also been a lot of Canadian artists that have worked on Superman projects, including Tom Grummett of Saskatoon, Toronto’s Stuart Immonen and Denis Rodier of Quebec. Both Rodier and Grummett were key members of the Death of Superman storyline’s art department, penciling and inking the awesome fight scenes.
In 2013’s Man of Steel, the BC town of Ucluelets stood in for Alaska for the scene where Clark climbs up on the beach and steals clothes, and when he’s working at the diner and does the fun thing with the truck.
Also, fans of 90’s Canadian rock might know this one. The Crash Test Dummies, from Winnipeg, wrote “Superman’s Song” in 1991, about Superman’s death. The video even included homages to other heroes at the funeral, including an aged Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and even Lois Lane. It’s pretty good, for the 90’s.
You can watch that video
Finally, who can forget those Canadian Heritage minutes. One of the most popular ones was a young Joe Shuster talking to his aunt Lois about a man who can jump tall buildings. Criticized for being inaccurate, it was actually the first time Canadians became aware of Superman’s Canadian connection. You can see the commercial below.
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