Originally Posted by Smallville13
Knights and Victorian royalty wore capes. It's not only associated with Superman. Shuster and Siegel got the idea from somewhere. I'm sure young kids 100+ years back ran about in long capes and robes playing pretending too.
Right, but that kid isn't going around playing Knights or pretending to be a king. The idea is that the kid is playing "Superman". If that kid is Clark, he's doing it with no idea of its significance. Plenty of kids play police or fireman, saving imaginary people from danger, but they don't wear capes. For some unknown reason, young Clark decides to put on a cape when he's playing. Somehow, he associates the cape with saving people. It's that association that is the breakthrough. I just think it could be an interesting theme to explore.