Is Superman a hero? Is Batman a Superhero?

Superman and Batman - Men in Tights
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This is meant to be a not very serious article, but there is also a more serious personal viewpoint about the nature of heroism, towards the end

Introduction

Each day we go through life facing the trials and tribulations which the world throws at us and doing the best we can to deal with them, sometimes with modest success, often with farcical failure (this whole essay IS a personal viewpoint after all). We are only human, and to err is human, as is to blunder, to foul up, to be weak and feeble and to be less use in a crisis than an ejector seat in a helicopter. Is it any wonder that for many of us, it seems that either individually or as a society, we are forever careering headfirst and blindfold into disaster?

But every so often, rising from the pages of comic book fiction in a city which exists on no map I’ve ever seen, a masked hero emerges to save us. And not just an ordinary hero either like secret agent James Bond who has to use a Walther PPK gun. No, we are talking superheroes who never age, who arrive from nowhere, defeat the most evil of villains, and disappear again into anonymity until the next time they are called upon, and yet who - despite having saved the world umpteen times over - still manage on occasion to incur the wrath of those in authority (come to think about it, doesn't that sound quite a lot like James Bond?)

So who are these guys and guyesses, what makes them so great, and why do we regard them as superheroes? Should we even regard them as heroes? In this piece of cutting edge journalism, I intend to expose these people for what they really are - the good, the bad and the ugly (and I leave it to the reader to determine which of those three epithets truly necessitates the wearing of a face mask). I will select two of them - Superman and Batman - and assess their claims. It will be a no-holds barred investigation worthy of Clark Kent, and no super powers shall stand in my way.

Public Disclaimer

Hey listen; there's a whole bunch of superhero fans out there, and many are more passionately fanatical than any evil genius or supervillain. And a lot more knowledgeable about their subject too. So no doubt they'll spot some mistakes and inconsistencies in my article. If so - apologies; I make no guarantees about the accuracy of this report, because unfortunately I have not yet been able to to verify the truth in an interview with the Man of Steel or the Caped Crusader. If either Superman or Batman would like to contribute, please use the Comments section at the foot of the article.

But heck, there's inconsistencies galore in the adventures of the superheroes, and nobody complains about them!

How to Identify a Superhero

Researching superheroes for this article was a revelation. Throughout the ranks of the superheroes (and I never realised there were quite so many as there are), the variety of powers really does range from none whatsoever to virtual invulnerability. Some indeed can destroy the world, the universe and everything, should they wish to, while some have abilities that wouldn't cause a raised heart beat in a bunny rabbit. Many of them have, or originally had, just one single special power, including the Flash, as well as Storm, Cyclops, and indeed most of the X-(wo)men, while others have a variety of powers. Some have abilities which only come into play under certain conditions, such as the Incredible Hulk who needs to get a little bit peeved before he can feel stirred to use his powers. Some need an artificial aid like Iron Man's powered armour. So what do superheroes have in common? Well very little apparently.

But most are intelligent and most of course are good role models (otherwise they'd be supervillains wouldn't they?) Many have an alter-ego, and none have any sense of fashion. Many have at least one arch-enemy to contend with, who is brilliant enough to be a master criminal, and yet stupid enough to want to stay in the same town as our superhero. And the activities of most were first discovered by reporters working for those esteemed investigative journals which come from the publishing houses known as 'DC Comics' and 'Marvel'.

A fundamental difference - Superman flies through the air faster than a speeding bullet while Batman stands on something
A fundamental difference - Superman flies through the air faster than a speeding bullet while Batman stands on something | Source

Why Superman and Batman?

In this study we will look at two polar opposites from the fantasy world of superheroes, who also happen to be the most famous of all - Superman and Batman. I say polar opposites on account of their super abilities:

Superman, as we all know, can do anything and everything. He can fly faster than a speeding bullet, he can even stop a speeding bullet, and he can also stop a crashing aeroplane, an out of control locomotive, and pretty much anything else on Earth. He can do everything, and nothing on this planet can stop him or harm him.

Batman, as I recently discovered to my shock (not being a true expert on these matters) doesn’t have any special natural abilities at all! He’s a human being. He can fall over and bruise his knee. Presumably he can catch a cold and a runny nose. I could poke him in the eye and he'd go 'ouch!' Just what kind of a superhero is this?

Clearly if Superman and Batman are both superheroes and/or heroes, then they are superheroes and/or heroes with many differences as well as similarities.

Superman's Super Powers

It may come as a surprise to some that the Man of Steel's powers have changed over time. In the 1930s when he first arrived here on Earth, his ability was comparatively limited. He had great strength, could run as fast as a car and jump (not fly) great distances.

But then as if by magic - it can't really be magic if these are real powers - they gradually increased, probably because audiences demanded 'bigger and better' with each sequel. It wasn't long before Superman developed superspeed too fast to see, superstrength, supervision, superhearing and incredible intelligence. That should be superintelligence but every good writer including Clark Kent and me likes to vary his adjectives. He also learned how to fly (superfast).

Between WW2 and the 1970s, these powers developed to unimaginable levels. He could fly faster than the speed of light, change the rotation of the Earth, and travel through time. He could move whole planets with his strength, and was so invulnerable, he could even fly into a star and emerge undamaged. He was immune to everything except Kryptonite, an uncommon commodity here on Earth. Other qualities include X-ray vision, eyes which could project burning rays and gale force breath which can freeze.

Since the 1970s, some back pedalling has occurred because it became difficult to even conceive of events which could possibly damage him, or adversaries worthy enough to take him on. However, most of the extreme abilities still remain including (most importantly of all for my argument) his indestructibility.

Batman's Super Powers

None. Zero. Zilch. Nope - not even one.

Superman and Batman - The Similarities and Differences

So what on Earth do these two have in common? Well - not Earth for a start - because one of them doesn't even come from this planet. But there are common traits they share. They both hide their identities behind alter egos. They both wear incredibly silly costumes and capes and they both have emblems ('S' or a bat) on their tunics. They are both good guys who do good deeds; Superman in the City of Metropolis and everywhere else, and Batman in Gotham City. The only other thing they have in common is the incredible ability to confuse even their closest friends as to their identity with the most minimal of disguises. All Superman has to do to fool everyone (bear in mind his alter-ego works with so-called investigative journalists!!) is call himself Clark Kent, put on a pair of glasses and act dumb. At least Batman has to make some effort; he has to don a mask to cover his eyes. Does this mean that the residents of Gotham City are a few IQ points smarter than residents of Metropolis?

Batman has a sidekick. Superman has human friends but doesn't really need a sidekick - a sidekick would only slow him down. Batman makes use of gadgets a-plenty and his own special vehicle, the Batmobile. But Superman doesn't need gadgets or a car - who needs a car when you can fly about a million times faster than a car can be driven? He also doesn't need weapons or armour because his strength is unlimited and he cannot be hurt. Superman's super abilities make all the difference both to his behaviour and to the arguments I present on this page. A brief resume of the history of these powers is given in the blue box here, but for an authoritative account of his superpowers through the ages read: 'Superman Through the Ages!'

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So is Batman a Superhero?

I was quite perplexed as to just why Batman is considered a superhero. In my own naïve way, I had assumed a superhero needed superpowers. So like the Dark Knight, I enlisted the aid of a sidekick to assist; Luke, who is the boyfriend of a work colleague of mine and a Batman fan, gave me all these arguments in Batman's defence:

'He wears a costume and he keeps his real identity a secret. He has a hidden headquarters. He uses special equipment, which ranges from miniaturized devices which he keeps in his utility belt to vehicles like the batmobile and the batplane; he has the legal status of a deputy and he associates with other so-called superheroes. And he is a founding member of the Justice League of America, a team of superheroes. He often fights against individuals who qualify as super-criminals. He defends common people and will risk his life to protect the common man. He can be summoned by the police through the use of a special signaling device (the bat signal), he has special skills which he uses to fight crime, ranging from a mastery of certain fighting skills, to the use of disguises, to the mastery of certain forensic sciences, to a unique understanding of psychology of the criminal mind, and he is a very good detective. Batman also answers to a higher moral code than does the average man.'

My thanks to Catherine and to Luke.

But is that really all it takes? I could put on a funny mask to hide my face (that may even meet with a chorus of approval), and if someone gave me the technology, then I could do some of the things he does. I could even get myself in shape - for me, the most difficult task of all - and learn a few martial arts. I could be a superhero, couldn't I? But then again, I wear glasses, I'm mild-mannered, and sometimes people push me around - so maybe I already am the alter-ego of a superhero? I cannot possibly reveal.

According to Wikipedia - next to DC and Marvel, the greatest source of wisdom on superhero matters and everything else - characters without super powers could be referred to as 'costumed crime fighters' or 'masked vigilantes'. But Wikipedia also says - as Luke says - that 'characters do not strictly require actual supernatural or superhuman powers or phenomena to be deemed superheroes'.

So there we are. I am prepared to accept the definition of a superhero given here, and so I will accept with reluctance that Batman does belong to this genre. Batman can breathe a sigh of relief (but he'd better make sure he maintains his standards).

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So is Superman a Hero?

Having dealt with Batman (a lot more efficiently than the Joker, or Riddler if I may say so), what about Superman? Is he a superhero? He certainly has super abilities, and he seems to have all the qualities required for superhero status, so, yes, he is. Definitively. But much more pertinently, is he a hero?

'Superhero' is a term specifically for fantasy characters, but 'hero' is a term which is applied to ordinary humans. No doubt it can be applied to people from other planets too, but should it be applied to this particular individual?

Suppose I come across a 5 year old squirting a water pistol in the face of a 3 year old and making him cry, and I decide to spring into action to uphold 'truth, justice and the American way' (or British way in my case). I disarm the 5 year old. Am I a hero? Well maybe to the 3 year old I will be, but to objective eyes am I? I haven’t been brave, I haven’t inconvenienced myself, and I risked no physical harm other than a few splattered water droplets. I’m not a hero. But 90% of the time Superman’s actions are as inconsequential to him as taking a water pistol off a 5 year old.

Traditionally by heroic behaviour we mean courageous behaviour, taking risks or acting despite personal fear. But nothing on Earth poses any threat to Superman and he feels no fear, so when he battles humans or prevents disasters here on Earth, he is not being heroic. Another way of assessing heroism may be the degree of effort to which a person goes in order to help others. Superman is undoubtedly a nice, decent sort, but being nice and decent isn't enough. Does he devote as much time or effort to helping people as many charitable human beings do? Read through a list of his almost limitless powers, and consider what he could do with them if he really wanted to. If he felt motivated, I reckon Superman could use these special powers to solve pretty much every affliction affecting mankind. The truth is, even when saving the Earth from destruction, there's usually no real effort involved, no great self-sacrifice, no great fear. In those circumstances there's not much to admire.

Indeed, in the Superman stories, I have to admit I kind'a root for Lex Luther instead. Here we have an ordinary flesh and blood mortal human who by sheer genius and hard work has risen to a position of great authority, and who has the audacity and yes - immense courage - to take on this unstoppable, almost unkillable alien being. If it wasn’t for his minor little peccadillo of being a morally bankrupt, ruthlessly evil and sadistic megalomaniac (for which I‘m sure we can all forgive him), Lex would be a much more sympathetic character than Superman, don‘t you agree?

So things aren't looking good for Superman are they? But Man of Steel fans bear with me a little longer - the 'Conclusion' holds out just a little hope.

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Australian Corporal Daniel Keighran VC. The Victoria Cross is the purple ribboned cross which can be seen on the left of this image
Australian Corporal Daniel Keighran VC. The Victoria Cross is the purple ribboned cross which can be seen on the left of this image | Source

How to be a Hero

What exactly do we mean by a hero? To answer this question, we must now take a slight detour. And for those who find it a bit difficult to distinguish reality from fantasy - this is the only part of the whole article to be taken seriously.

Ask a child, or even many adults, who their hero is and they’ll name some pop diva, or an acting megastar. And I’ve grown tired of hearing journalists refer to a professional sportsman as giving a heroic performance. These people aren’t heroes. They are just doing a job of work for which they are richly rewarded. People who kick a football around are not heroes. People who write or sing down a microphone and make millions are not heroes. The reason it is wrong to describe them as such is because these words become devalued through over-use. Heroism is not demonstrated just by playing well or trying hard, and even less so by earning a lot of money for a job of work. It is demonstrated by far more worthy attributes than those.

Heroism is about acts of bravery, about self sacrifice, about mental strength in the face of incredible adversity, and possibly about the taking on of a great burden to help others. It’s shown by soldiers and emergency service personnel, and sometimes by charity workers or dedicated individuals who devote their lives to a worthy cause. It's shown by men like Daniel Keighran. At the time of writing, Keighran is the most recent recipient of the Victoria Cross - the Commonwealth's highest award for valour. He won the medal in Afghanistan in 2010 when he repeatedly and openly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to pinpoint the position of concealed Taliban fighters and to draw attention away from a team attending a wounded colleague. People like that show heroism. Let's keep the term for those who truly deserve it.

And in connection with this, there is one uncomfortable and presumably unintentional social comment which can actually be taken from the Superman stories and the dual characters of Superman and Clark Kent. The two are the same person with the same nature, yet it is Superman who is respected and admired, and Clark Kent who is not. The 'human' only gains respect when he displays special powers. That is probably close to the way it is in real life - we respect or admire those with special abilities. But heroism is not about special abilities, or even about having any ability at all - it is about showing courage, fortitude, character or self-sacrifice, to bring about change whether it be on a grand scale or a very small scale.

OK. I've said my piece so now I'll get down from my pedestal and return once more to questions of Superman and Batman.

Superman, Batman and .... OK Spiderman, this page isn't about you, so just go away and do something useful like - climb a building?
Superman, Batman and .... OK Spiderman, this page isn't about you, so just go away and do something useful like - climb a building? | Source

The Conclusion of this In- depth Investigation into the Respective Claims of Batman and Superman to be regarded as Superheroes and Heroes

Well by this stage I reckon I've lost half the Batman fans and pretty much all of the Superman fans. But if there's anyone else still reading, here is my conclusion:

Superheroes

Whether either is a superhero is down to your interpretation of what constitutes a superhero. But given this is essentially a comic book term then I guess those of us in the other - real - world have to go by comic book definitions. Superman therefore is undoubtedly a 'superhero' and so I guess is Batman. (I have to say 'yes', because one day I might have to face Luke again).

Heroes

What about plain ordinary heroes? Well if these characters existed in the real world, Batman would certainly be a hero, because as a mortal being, he risks his life every time he sets out on a mission. He faces pain and death. And he is aware of the risks. By any definition, he would be a great hero. But Superman? In 90% of his activities, I would seriously question whether this guy is a hero by any useful definition of that word. More often than not he's not risking any injury whatsoever because he is totally invulnerable. For a man who can move mountains with ease, he’s also not putting in much effort, and given that timewise he can fly to the Moon and back in a second, he’s not inconveniencing himself in any way, shape or form. He's just doing what any normal, socially-upright person would want to do in those circumstances.

I guess of course he may be heroic when he takes on fellow Kryptonians, when he is putting himself at risk. But are there any other ways in which Superman could be regarded as a hero? Just one. He's a person who could use his power to dictate and demand total obedience, but instead he humbly chooses to serve, and in so doing he seemingly gives the lie to the old maxim that 'absolute power corrupts absolutely'. I'm sure we would all wish that to be the case. And that is his most worthy characteristic.

There, my piece is concluded. It will currently be published on the HubPages web site, but when it receives the global recognition which it surely deserves, I'm thinking of submitting it to an even more illustrious publishing organisation - nothing less than the Daily Planet itself. Those people really should know what their journalists are getting up to behind their backs! I just hope though that when I do, it doesn’t find its way on to the desk of staff reporter C. Kent, awaiting his critical evaluation. If it does, and if he takes it personally - well it’s been nice knowing you all!

Not keen on the look of their faces - just hope they're not coming for me
Not keen on the look of their faces - just hope they're not coming for me | Source

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Jedi Reach 3 months ago from Earth

Batman is a HERO, although due to writer fanboying, a spoiled-brat hero who happens to be more overpowered than any other hero. (See: Prep Time) Superman is the ideal superhero. Not because of his powers but because of his intentions.


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Greensleeves Hubs 14 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Taranwanderer; Thanks. Appreciated. I think the consensus I can agree with is that there are several definitions of 'hero'.

Superman would probably not qualify as a 'hero' of the kind that I would most identify with that epithet - a courageous individual who puts his life on the line despite fear. But there are other definitions in common usage. For example, the 'heroically' selfless role model and charitable doer of good deeds. By that definition he may qualify. Though I still wonder that a being of such extraordinary powers could not do even more than he does! :)


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Taranwanderer 14 months ago

Very, very well written hub. I think, at worst, if Superman isn't a hero, then he's certainly a protector; and, from the perspective of those that he's protecting, they'd probably much rather have him (certainty of being saved) than a hero, if one HAD to choose.

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Greensleeves Hubs 17 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Jennifer Mugrage; I shall certainly check out your hub on superheroes in due course :) Alun


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Jennifer Mugrage 17 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

Ha ha ha - Jennifer Mugrage, defense attorney to the superheros! Superman is the last "hero" one would expect would need a defense attorney ... but then again, no good deed goes unpunished, right?

I did a hub about superheros recently that forced me to think about this very issue. So I was prepared to jump in.

Thanks for your good wishes.


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Greensleeves Hubs 17 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Jennifer Mugrage; Well done! You've given a very convincing defence of Superman's heroism - you should be a professional defence attorney, or an advocate for superheroes, or the head of Superman's public relations team! Whatever - your points are very well argued. It's not exactly what a person does, but how and why they do it, and what it says about their character, which makes a person a hero.

Stuck in a room with 6 billion 5-year-olds? Now I think that would be an act of heroism beyond any we've seen in a Batman or Superman movie!! :)

I see you joined HubPages quite recently Jennifer. My best wishes with your writing here. Cheers, Alun


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Jennifer Mugrage 17 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

Great hub. Very funny.

I agree with you that Superman's heroism consists in his humble attitude. To elaborate: he is immeasurably superior in every way to the people of Earth, but he doesn't feel or act superior. He does not hold Earthlings in contempt; instead, he identifies with them and feels like one of them. He is different and misunderstood, but he has not reacted to this by becoming self-absorbed. He only thinks about how he can use his abilities to help. Nor does he mind being thought ridiculous, in the character of Clark Kent. He never tries to take credit for his feats. Now THAT is a superhuman virtue.

Granted, the things he does do not hurt him like they would hurt an ordinary human being (i.e., mangle or instantly kill him), but I get the impression that they often do cause him exhaustion and pain. Also, there's the sheer inconvenience of constantly having to run after some supervillain or other. Eternal vigilance. It never ends. In that way, he's not like an adult stopping a 5-year-old bully, he's more like an adult in a room with 6 billion 5-year-olds, trying to keep order, keep them from clobbering each other, plus fighting off a kidnapper.


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Greensleeves Hubs 20 months ago from Essex, UK Author

Besarien; Thanks for that - I just had to look up Joseph Campbell to understand his philosophies on myths and heroes!

I guess I've never been able to take 'superheroes' too seriously; hence the jokey theme to the article. But modern society's concept of 'heroism' does interest me, and how the term is applied to some who scarcely deserve it. Heroism can be defined many ways; I usually think of it in terms of courage in the face of danger, but the late, lamented Christopher Reeve once said:

'What makes a person a hero is not the power they have, but rather the wisdom and maturity they have to use the power wisely.'

Perhaps by that definition many 'superheroes' including Superman himself could be described as heroes. Cheers, Alun


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Besarien 20 months ago

I was half expecting a Joseph Campbell approach. Great hub!


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

VioletteRose; Thanks for that! It's certainly true how little children love superheroes and many like to dress up and pretend to be the characters. Sometimes though the children just never seem to grow out of it and become passionate defenders of their favourites even when they should be settling down and having children of their own! But I suppose there's worse things to be passionate about :)


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VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

I didn't know much about Batman actually. My son likes Spiderman and Superman, the only reason why I know something about them. I agree with you that the real heroes are actually the one who are willing to self sacrifice and who are brave enough to actually do that. But I think all these fictional characters are so much fun for kids to watch, with their actions and costumes :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Credence2; Christopher Reeves's portrayal of Superman is certainly the one I know best, though I did also watch some episodes of the 1990s TV series (albeit probably more because I quite liked Teri Hatcher as Lois, rather than because I was a fan of Superman :-)

I think I did take a look at your article a long time ago, before I even wrote this hub, but I'll check it out again, and see if my views have changed since then! Best wishes, Alun


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Credence2 2 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Greensleeves, I have been a fan of Superman for his desire to aid mankind instead of using his vast array of powers to destroy as his nefarious nemeses from Krypton once attempted to do. Chris Reeve played the character as an overgrown boy scout. I guess that image resonates even though, succeeding films showed Superman's darker side. He was a 'baby daddy' leaving on an intergalactic excursion while Lois Lane was pregnant with his baby?? Batman is certainly mortal, but he was characterized as a well educated superbly fit human specimen. He was heroic because he could lose his life in the goal of righting the wrong. Lex Luthor, genius, was gallant in his attempt to bring down the most powerful man on earth. I did a piece on Superman attempting to show some of the peculiarities of how he was presented over the last half century, check it out. Nice article and I am delighted that we share similar interests.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks mshajid / Mohamed. Certainly it seems that most people favour either Superman or Batman but not both. Those who like Batman tend not to like Superman and vice versa, presumably because they are such polar opposites. Cheers. Alun


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mshajid 2 years ago from Sri Lanka

me too! i'll always say batman because he's a tech enthusiast and his fighting skills are different from the super hero who born and grew-up with mutant powers. Bruce wayne is filthy rich to do anything with his own industry (Wayne Enterprises) afterwards he can build-up his own arsenal to destroy notorious villains from Gotham City and exclude from the out side. :) Anyway nice article...! It took me about 30 minutes to read whole stuffs.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

DDE; Thanks Devika. But 'superheroes' are such a sensitive subject! I know of two Batman fans who took mild offence at my categorising of Batman as a 'superhero' - they prefer to think of him as a 'masked vigilante' to distinguish him from people with special powers like Superman.

Whatever terminology is used, these characters certainly inspire some devoted following! Always lovely to hear from you. Alun.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome! Good luck on that achievement!

batman to me as always being a superhero and is such a well put together hub. Voted up!


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Geekdom; Phew; I'm relieved! When I saw your username 'Geekdom', I thought I might be in for a severe telling off from a passionate defender of Superman and Batman. Glad you took the hub in the spirit intended! :-) Alun.


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Geekdom 2 years ago

Wow Great Hub!


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Eiddwen; Thanks eddy. Appreciate that very much. Alun.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Loved this one and voted up.

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Tracie; Hey that'd be cool! I don't suppose we get to choose the special abilities we acquire? If getting bitten by a radioactive spider turns you into Spiderman, what does getting bitten by a radioactive raccoon do - turn you into a superscavenger around urban areas? :-)

Anyway, maybe the Daily Planet isn't the best place to acquire super powers, as Clark might regard me as a rival! Thanks Tracie.


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Tracie Bruno 2 years ago from Delaware

Very entertaining article. I hope you get that job at the Daily Planet. And you never know...you might get bitten by a radioactive raccoon and acquire your own special abilities.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Jayfort; Oh dear. I guess you didn't read the part of the Conclusion where I distinguish between those who pose a threat to him and those who do not? I mentioned Kryptonians but you can include any other aliens if you wish :-)


Jayfort 2 years ago

Superman often goes up against dangers that DO pose risk to him (Doomsday, Darkseid, the Kryptonite Man to name just three). Does that pose sufficient risk to you to warrant heroism?


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Jayfort; As you'd appreciate I couldn't agree with the first part of what you say - my feeling is if there's no risk involved, there's no courage and therefore no heroism. A good deed, but not heroic. But as you'd gather from my conclusion, I can agree with the second part - it's easy to be corrupted by power, so there's a kind of heroism in resisting that temptation. Alun.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

The Examiner-1; Hmm, is kryptonite really that common? I'd have thought the chances of being killed by kryptonite during a 'normal' crisis (a bank robbery or a crashing train) is about the same as the chances of being hit by a meteorite. But maybe there's a black market for kryptonite in Metropolis and all the criminals have their own supply to defend against Superman? :-)

Thanks for mentioning the phone lay out issue. I didn't hear from a staff member, so I guess one just has to try to arrange hub capsules so that the text sequence reads well on both desktops and on cell phone screens.

Always a pleasure to hear from you Kevin. Cheers.


Jayfort 2 years ago

The fact that either place themselves between those who would do evil and the innocent makes them heroes. With his powers, Superman could easily submit to potential corruption but that fact that he doesn't is also a test of his mettle.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Greensleeves,

This was very interesting and I see where you are coming from. You made several good points in here. When I was reading about Batman being a detective I thought of comparing him to Sherlock Holmes. About Superman: Does he not risk his life every time because he never knows when someone might have kryptonite. Then they can kill him with that near him. I used to like Batman when I was younger but now I call him a fake and rate Superman up there.

Kevin

P.S. - Did you ever get that cell phone problem straightened out?


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Emma; I guess having a gazillion dollars like Batman does make it easier to spend his free time fighting crime. But think about how long it takes him to fill out his tax returns? :-)

Absolutely right about Superman. How he behaves when he's vulnerable is a truer test of his mettle, than how he behaves when he's indestructible.


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Emma Rafferty 2 years ago from Liverpool

I always say that Batman is a rich geek because if I was rich, I could be Batman (well, woman) and to find out if Superman was a hero, you would have to see what he was like without the powers :-)

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