Superman is a comic book character produced by DC Comics. He has been labeled as the greatest comic book hero of all time by IGN. He is mostly seen wearing a blue suit with a red cape and a red-and-yellow ‘S’ on his chest (that is a symbol for hope at his home planet by the way). He was born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton and was sent to Earth by his by his father Jor-El seconds before the destruction of Krypton. He was adopted by a farmer and his wife and was raised as Clark Kent. He started showing superhuman abilities on Earth since childhood. He later decided to use his powers for the betterment of humanity. Superman gets his powers from the yellow sun. The solar radiation from the red sun near his planet deprived Superman of ‘ultra-solar rays’ that the yellow sun contains, thus making him lose his powers.
His main powers include healing, solar flare, heat vision, flight, ice-cold breath, x-ray vision, superhuman strength, speed, reflexes and intelligence.
Are these abilities too unlikely?
Well, the answer to this question will be based on the fact that the yellow sun rays enhance Superman’s qualities. There are explanations to all of Superman’s powers in the comics, but some of them are just not worth buying.
First up is the most common one-superhuman strength. This might be possible as the solar rays may have reacted with his muscle molecules to make them hefty and sturdy.
Heat vision is, in my opinion, way too unconvincing. The sun rays seem to enhance Supe’s powers rather than creating them. For this to work, he would have to emit radiation from his eyes at a minute level even on his home planet. Heat vision is a precursor to solar flare.
The healing factor is somewhat understandable as the sun rays may act as a catalyst for the tissue regeneration reactions (I’m really not sure what I’m saying though).
Ice-cold breath is another superpower that is highly doubtful. I would rather buy super bad breath instead of this stupidity. There’s no way that yellow sun rays can grant his lungs to be cooler than a refrigerator.
Superhuman reflexes, intelligence and speed are agreeable. Photons striking his brain cells may pace up their activity, thus gifting him superhuman reflexes and intelligence. Speed depends upon how fast can one move his legs I think, which ultimately leads to the strength factor (I guess I’m making things up as I go along).
Sun rays can definitely not enable Superman to change the density or mass of his body molecules to enable him to fly. Therefore, flight is not a believable quality of his.
Probably the most unbelievable ability of Superman is his X-ray vision. There’s no way his eyes can adapt in such a way that he sees in multiple spectrums. When he sees through solid objects as shown in comics, he clearly sees colors while using the x-ray vision. This is not possible as colors are a feature of the visible spectrum rather than the x-ray spectrum.
If you still get confused, imagine you go to a planet with a green sun that gives you certain superpowers. Figure out what powers would make sense.