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Old 02-20-2011, 03:14 AM   #60
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Default Re: Superman's power level

Originally Posted by Kurosawa View Post
S:TAS was Byrne-level and could not compete with Marvel heavyweights. Thor or Hulk would destroy that character. Thor especially.

Now who knows how powerful movie Thor will be-although he has to be at least a match for the movie Hulk.
Considering they are in two completely different universes and will never be matched up, I don't see the difference. Why bother getting sidetracked with unrelated properties? The focus should always be on the character. Whatever adjustments are made should be dictated by the direction for the series.

People who understand and can write him correctly know that his power level is not an issue to making the character interesting. When people say they feel Superman is too powerful to write interesting stories with, they are actually making excuses for their own failures to handle the character. Superman could move planets but he couldn't change what is inside the hearts of men like Luthor or stop the evil heartless androids like Brainiac with just power alone. Superman's world is about morality and decisions. This is what makes him so interesting-that he is a moral, altruistic man in an ever more selfish and cruel world.
That's all well and good but that does not address the issue of physical dispute, which inevitably has to be dealt with. A Superman that can easily move planets has limited foes, plain and simple. You've immediately ignored practically every single one of his main villains. As much as you'd like to believe the opposite, there is such a thing as overabundance of power. If it is not required to handle the majority of the threats he faces, it is absolutely useless. This is not to suggest he should be underpowered. But it should be sufficiently balanced across the range of abilities his adversaries possess. There is no drama and excitement with a battle that is one-sided and easily finished.

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