Why does Superman always wears a cape which is flapping behind him when he is flying..?

His red cape does make him stand out in a crowd of hero's we have today......just think, only in America do we have a Superman.......

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    I'm not aware of any story reason.  It's likely just because Shuster and Siegel thought it looked cool.  And his look is so iconic that not only will no one change it ever, but he's inspired many other comics characters to rock capes.

    The Supergirl(CW) show tried to invent a rationale for the cape.  In the pilot episode, Kara Zor-El (Superman's cousin) hasn't been allowed to fly since she was a kid and is rusty at it.  She initially gets an outfit with no cape and doesn't turn as sharply, slamming into a hill while chasing a car with bank robbers in them.  Her friend (and outfit maker) Winn then adds a cape and declares 'Of course, the cape helps with aerodynamics!' or something like that.  Which of course is dumb, the cape would just add drag and would actually impede aerodynamics.  But I appreciate them trying.

    Supergirl(CW) also felt the need to try to explain the glasses, both why they would be worn and why they work.  But these are post-hoc explanations.  AFAIK, Shuster and Siegel never explained some of these things.  Maybe a more full on comic historian would know.

  • 2 months ago

    So airplanes see him and do not hit him.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It has a hidden pocket in it that contains his super-compressed civilian clothes.  Also, he uses the cape to wrap up the people whom he rescues in order to shield them from harm, or to keep them warm if they're injured.  Lastly, it can be stretched-out to catch multiple people who are falling.  

    Of course, to DC Comics artists, the cape makes him look far more dramatic.  

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