I had no idea that Clark was tortured - shocking, but no particuarly suprising. I am sure Steve has done some less than open things, but then so has this guy, another fav of mine.
And of course we see Steve gets some pretty bad treatment as well in Justice League. Yes, Superman is supposed to be the ultimate male hero and we all bow as his shadow passes. Its great the way he has saved the world a dozen times over but I would not accept that makes him better than a New York firefighter. For my part, I dont think much of the idea that every guy in the DC universe only has his life partner becuase Superman wasn't interested in her, and all the women not with Superman settled for what they could get.
Even though in the EverQueens case that is probably close to the truth.