Watching Kill Bill some years ago I was impressed with Bill’s view of Superheroes. I don’t know if you remember the actual scene, he was making a sandwich at the time, very impressively I thought. The essence of his statement was that Superman is the best Superhero. He based this purely on the fact that everyone else becomes superhuman when in hero mode. Whereas Superman is superhuman naturally and pretends to be weak when mixing with us mere mortals. At the time I thought this was quite profound.
Now I wonder, because it demeans all the hard work people like Batman and Daredevil etc put in. Don’t forget Daredevil was blind, a great disabled role model, surely? Batman was not only orphaned as a child but his parents were gunned down right before his very eyes. They overcame these setbacks purely to help other people. Superman doesn’t have to try; it just comes naturally but show him a piece of Kryptonite and he becomes useless. Whereas Batman and co., have human failings and so I think we can identify more with them.
There are some ineffectual ones, I mean Robin was really just a ‘tag along’ and Supergirl never really did it for me and as for Matter Eater Lad, the clue is in the name. See, there I go again knocking the kids (makes mental note to stop doing that).
So Bill wasn’t entirely correct with his analysis of the FlyGuy. I think in this day of ‘now’ we sometimes get carried away with statements people make without thinking them through.