Gotham city's Dark Knight, 'Batman' has vanquished his comic book rivals 'Spider-man' and 'Superman' to be named the greatest superhero of all time in a new poll.
Mirror.co.uk reports, the Caped Crusader, who has been fighting crime in comics, on TV and in numerous film adaptations since 1939, beat Peter Parker's arachnid alter-ego to second place in the survey by SFX.co.uk.
The Man of Steel flew into third place ahead of X-Men hero 'Wolverine', who clawed his way to number four. 'Iron Man' rounds out the top five.
'No matter how often 'Batman' is reinvented - a noir detective in the 1940s, a camp icon in the 1960s, a Gothic Knight in the 1980s - he's always the coolest, most iconic and recognisable superhero there is,' said Dave Golder, editor of the SFX.
I shudder whenever I hear/read of these super heroes.
Once upon a time, when we were young, we decided to have a "theme" party on New Year's Eve. The theme chosen was super heroes.
Everybody turned up with their undies worn over their jeans and a towel around the neck like a cape. Some even wore sunglasses (at night) and pretended they were eye masks. All of us were having lots of fun, with the booze and music and what not. Some guys were even moving around with their right arm raised like superman does when he is flying.
It all ended, when somebody tried to use the x-ray vision, by pointing a torch at somebody's window pane in the next building. Unfortunately, for us, the room turned out to be occupied by a girl, whose parents, needless to say were not amused. They summoned the cops and complained of our loud music, stomping the floor while dancing and of course indecent behavior. I still wonder, what the cops thought of us when they saw us in our attire, but they must have been pleased with the nice chance of entertainment, because they hauled us all to the police station in the same condition. Eventually parents were summoned and after quite a few hours, we were let go, after long lectures on maturity and acceptable norms in social behavior.
Meh. Quibbling over the literal meaning of "super" in "superhero" isn't very useful, I think. That's simply not how the term is commonly used nowadays. And it breaks down anyway.
What about Iron Man? He can fly, and has lots of "powers" - but those come from the suit, not him. How is that more super than a fighter pilot or tank commander? Well, in the case of Tony Stark, he also invented and built the suit. Fine. So his "super power", to the extent he has one, is being a really great inventor. Is he a superhero?
(Batman has the Batplane and other tech, which he supposedly designed or helped design. But that's not really what makes Batman Batman.)
What about Green Lantern? He's just a guy with really strong will and no fear. (Or rather, the ability to conquer his fears.) But then a dying alien gave him a magic (superscience) ring, and he became "super". But he has no super abilities of his own. Is he a superhero?
The full SFX list can be found here. Follow links at the bottom for 11-50. You can find quite a few heroes with no "super" powers at all, and a few more that are arguable. But that doesn't really matter. If a character routinely hangs out with and defeat people with "super" powers, that character is also "super". Like Batman, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, and more. The fact that they have no "powers" of their own just makes them more badass.
One could also quibble about "hero" vs. "heroine". But that's lame.
More interestingly, one could quibble about the "hero" part, as that definition has become rather... flexible. Punisher? Emma Frost? Elektra? No. Though one could argue that many Greek "heroes" were hardly paragons of virtue. Originally heroes were, well, demigods. Super! So maybe things have just come full circle.