Superman is one our our greatest icons of heroism. He's brave and strong when we're not. He defends the planet from those that want to destroy it. And he's an alien. And in the United States today, when immigration has become such a contentious issue, maybe it's time for the hero to tackle an issue that's a little closer to home.
Activists are using the hero to explain their experiences.
Comedians like Hari Kondabolu (above), and activists like Erick Huerta are using the story of Superman to frame their discussion about immigrant rights in the U.S. Superman was sent here as a child by his parents- rescuing him from the destruction of planet Krypton. As of a 2014 report there are an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants in the United States; a little over 1% of those are minors. Which means that Superman's experience is similar to that of over 100,000 children living in the United States.