Updated: Oct 21, 2020
I’d imagine that the very title of this article is going to get me in trouble with lots of men. Superheroes, after all, modern cultural icons, with a sequel from Marvel and DC rake in the billions every year. Fans ranging from hardline comic collectors can tell you in detail what kind of polish Ironman uses on his suit or what the current price of Wayne Enterprises stock is. While Casual film watchers who just love to see people in funny costumes spout off quips, dodging explosions and throwing buildings at one another. Yet the truth is that I do not like superheroes. This dislike goes beyond dislike of a given hero, universe or continuity, and into a dislike of the concept as a whole. This dislike of mine may be simply an irrational prejudice; however being as I do tend to think about matters from an overall writing perspective, I am inclined to consider my dislike to have some sort of justifiable basis behind it. Particularly because there have been occasions in the past I have enjoyed superhero stories, albeit less mainstream ones such as the anime Tiger and Bunny, Mercedes Lackey’s secret world chronicle, or (depending upon the definition of superhero), Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Indeed I even played a mutants and masterminds tabletop game with a group of superhero loving friends for a solid seven years and had a great time, (my character was a battle suit-wearing concert pianist called Silver Knight). My main issue with the idea of superheroes can essentially be split into two problems, the problems of power, and self-obsession, or roughly speaking, the problems of being “super”, and “a hero”. Because the superhero is inherently more powerful than those around them and can only be challenged by similarly powerful situations, the author must also give the superhero a strict moral code to prevent the hero from simply taking advantage of others through their power. Superman doesn’t simply punch open cash machines and grab money out of them because he knows stealing is wrong, even though he very much could. This unfortunately gives the hero not only physical power but moral power as well. Indeed, even in cases where the author flaunts with the idea that the hero might have some sort of temptation to use their power for personal gain (Batman’s vengeance), we know ultimately that either the hero will refrain from such actions, or if they give in to such once or twice, will inevitably repent it. My apology, but it's just my way of growing up. You might love superheroes or might be planning to set some superhero projects countrywide. Everybody can make his or her own choice, but I have presented my justification. My views might just not be in sync with everybody.
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