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How Jupiter’s Legacy Avoids A Superman Sex Problem


The superheroes in Jupiter’s Legacy can be physically intimate with normal humans whereas Superman has to take extreme precautions with Lois Lane.

Warning: SPOILERS for Jupiter’s Legacy season 1.

The superheroes of Jupiter’s Legacy are on par with Superman in terms of their powers, but the members of the Union of Justice are able to have sex with regular humans whereas the Man of Steel normally can’t. Based on Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s graphic novels, Jupiter’s Legacy is a broken mirror reflection of Superman and the Justice League, with the Utopian (Josh Duhamel) as an obvious analogue for the Kryptonian hero. But there are some benefits to being a superhero in Jupiter’s Legacy that are denied to Superman under normal circumstances.

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Superman has an eternal romance with Lois Lane and the various movies and TV series about the Man of Steel have addressed the touchy logistics of how Clark Kent and Lois can have a physical relationship. The common assumption is that Superman’s powers would be lethal to Lois so he has to take special measures to be with her. In Superman II, Clark (Christopher Reeve) used red sun radiation to give up his powers so that he could be with Lois (Margot Kidder) as a normal man. In the Arrowverse, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) traveled to Argo City, where Clark wouldn’t have his powers, so that they could conceive a child and Lois could carry the baby to term safely. However, in Smallville, Clark (Tom Welling) was able to have physical intimacy because he was still gradually gaining his powers as a teenager, and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) seem to have had no issues being together.

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In Jupiter’s Legacy, the superheroes don’t share any of Superman’s restrictions when it comes to procreating with humans. Except for the Utopian, who had kids with fellow superhero Lady Liberty (Leslie Bibb), the other superheroes in Jupiter’s Legacy copulate with regular people with no lethal effects. A case in point is Chloe Sampson (Elena Kampouris), the Utopian’s rebellious daughter, who has a sexual relationship with Hutch Hutchence (Ian Quinlan), the son of Skyfox (Matt Lanter), even though Hutch was born without superpowers. Meanwhile, Chloe inherited her parents’ super strength and invulnerability to physical harm but she is still able to safely be with Hutch, even though he complains of having “bruises” afterward.

As with many questions that Jupiter’s Legacy asks, how the superheroes are able to safely have physical relationships with regular people isn’t explained. But a key difference between Superman and the Union of Justice is the most likely answer: Clark Kent was born a Kryptonian and he is physiologically an alien regardless of his human appearance, whereas the superheroes of Jupiter’s Legacy are still basically human even though the six original members of the Union of Justice received their powers from aliens.

The fact that Jupiter’s Legacy‘s superpowered characters are basically still human, though enhanced, also explains why they can get drunk on alcohol and get high on drugs. Narcotics and intoxicants won’t affect Superman; despite Superman III‘s depiction of the Man of Steel ‘drunk’ in a bar, he was suffering from the debilitating effects of chemically engineered false Kryptonite that warped his personality. By contrast, Chloe Sampson snorts copious amounts of cocaine in Jupiter’s Legacy until she suffered a near-fatal overdose from inhaling unknown blue crystals she mistook for drugs.

The younger generation of Jupiter’s Legacy‘s heroes all appears to be in their mid-20s, which indicates that in the 1990s the Union of Justice decided it was time to have kids so the world would have more superheroes to defend it. The members of the Union knew sex with humans was safe, which is likely how Hutch, Raikou (Anna Akana), and Petra (Tenika Davis) were born to Skyfox, Brainwave (Ben Daniels), and the Flare (Mike Wade). It’s that none of the superheroes in Jupiter’s Legacy had to go to elaborate lengths or take the precautions Superman needed to be with Lois Lane.

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