In the iconic Superman comic series and film, Clark Kent strips off his workplace attire to perform heroic acts. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive,” Superman has graced the American cultural psyche for decades because his physical powers, by the very definition of his name, exceed those of a normal human.
The television series Suits gives us a Superman for the modern era—only this time, the protagonist puts on his suit to kick epic ass. The very title of the show is a double entendre that references both the suave apparel of these legal warriors and their weapon of choice, the lawsuit. But in the realm of motions, briefs, and crisp, impeccable tailoring, the hero isn’t a guy who can outdo a bullet or a train. It’s a guy who can outdo a brain—most brains, actually.
The protagonist of the show, Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), is a genius with a photographic (aka “eidetic”) memory of every legal text he’s ever read.