Originally Posted by herolee10
You either die a hero...or live long enough to see yourself work like Superman.
Yeah that's pretty much the gist.
I think Batman's different in many ways, especially Nolan's Batman.
Batman for him is a creation that serves a specific purpose. He's working towards a goal that he actually sees, and he thinks once it's achieved his creation has served it's purpose.
It's not about naturally being an everyday hero, it's about following in his dads footsteps and using his power and skills to make Gotham a better place in the big picture.
Superman is so different from that.
Putting on that costume and adopting that persona, while it can be about creating the symbol and inspiring hope in the big picture, it's first and foremost a way for him to be able to save people's lives without everyone knowing who he is or where he's from (smallville).
This is especially evident if you have him saving people before donning the costume (like it appears he is in the oil rig scene). You can show that he's just the kind of guy that can't watch people in trouble if he can help - but that everytime he does it, he has to flee or he'll be mobbed by people with questions and fears.
Basically, Superman isn't a creation built for a single job that will be put away once it's done.
He's just Clark's way of doing what comes naturally to him, but without having to do it as himself.
And he's never going to be able to stop doing what comes naturally to him.
He's never going to be able to sit there knowing people are in trouble but think 'no, I'm retired, I'm not helping'