Originally Posted by storyteller
The thing about earth tech in the comics is that they have been forced to be creative thanks to Superman, Aliens, and metahumans. Superman exists? Then you put your military to work on figuring how to kill the guy just in case he decides he doesn't like the current world leaders.
That's the best explanation for it. Part of me is bothered by the idea though, because it sort of makes all the mad scientists and supervillains his fault, sort of like how the costumed crazies in Gotham are Batman's fault since he inspired their theatricality.