I was talking with a couple of friends the other day when a thought hit me: In Kick-Ass, an awesome  movie based on a non DC Universe comic book license, both Batman and Superman are mentioned. It got me thinking, what are the rules governing the mentioning of other trademarks within movies and TV shows? Could the next Superman movie show Clark Kent wearing Spider-Man underwear? Does it depend on whether or not Marvel would object to that or is there actually well established rules and regulations regarding this?

I realized shortly after having the thought that I didn’t really care what the answer was, so I’m sorry if you were expecting me to enlighten you on the matter. Instead, it got me thinking about all the times I’ve heard Superman being mentioned in a non-Superman movie or TV Shows. A short googling session later and this blog post was born! The following are 5 great Superman quotes I thought I’d share.

The Little Rascals (1994)
You’re a team, like Bert and Ernie, Superman and Clark Kent, Milli and Vanilli.

Funny, and subtle enough that you might just miss it!

Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Bicycle Thief (2009)
Manny thinks his dad is like Superman. The truth, he’s a total flake. In fact, the only way he’s like Superman is that they both landed in this country illegally.

Isn’t it great how the All-American Hero started off as an illegal immigrant? Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it Arizona!

The Office (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Take Your Daughter to Work Day (2006)
I‘m Michael Scott… I’m in charge of this place… how do I make you… understand… I am like… Superman! And the people who work here are like citizens of Gotham City.

Nearly everything Steve Carell says on The Office is gold, but my favorite lines from him are his words of wisdom!

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
As you know, l’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology… The mythology is not only great, it’s unique …  Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.

This one is so exceptionally well performed that it needs to be watched to be fully appreciated.

The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
So long, Superman. Your secret identity is safe with me.

How would a list of quotes even be taken seriously without an entry from the Simpsons? The above was said by Barney Gumble to Adam West who played Batman in the original 70’s TV Show. I laughed so hard milk came out from my nose … and I hadn’t even had any milk for days!

Did I miss any that beg to be mentioned? Let me know and I’ll add them to my list!

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