Is punching all superheroes are good for?
So, this is a question that I’ve asked myself forever. It’s one of the reasons Batman was one of my favorite superheroes growing up. Not that Batman doesn’t punch. He certainly does. But he spends a ton of time being a detective.
So, this is a question that I’ve asked myself forever. It’s one of the reasons Batman was one of my favorite superheroes growing up. Not that Batman doesn’t punch. He certainly does. But he spends a ton of time being a detective. That was attractive. Vlad Savov at The Verge asked the same question.
Superman’s reduction to a punching machine — particularly prominent in his movie outings — is even less excusable than Batman’s since the Man of Steel actually has superhuman powers. He can hear, see, smell, and remember things in ways the rest of us can only dream of. His strength is otherworldly, and he can literally fly out into space on a whim. Think of all the impossible construction and exploration projects we could complete if we had a real Superman to help us. Instead, he gels his hair back, puts on a cape, and manhandles a different set of anonymous thugs to the ones Batman’s taking care of.
And this is one of the main reasons I’ve gravitated my whole life to the notion of superheroes that I could believe in — or superheroes that were, at least in my mind, “realistic”. I admit, I still love Superman even though he’s effectively a god, and the logic of what problems he tries to solve and which he doesn’t is beyond me. How many runaway trains really need his attention? Could he denuclearize North Korea and Iran? What would happen if he did?
I am constructing the Madrona Heroes universe to answer this exact question. In a world with superpower human beings, or superhumans if you will, what would actually happen. Would they involve themselves in international disputes? Would they stop wars? Would they rescue hundreds of kidnapped girls in africa? Would they help us build a space station? These are the questions that interest me. What do you think?