From Infinite Crisis #1, Batman says to Superman, “Everyone looks up to you. They listen to you. If you tell them to fight, they’ll fight. But they need to be inspired. And let’s face it, “Superman” … the last time you really inspired anyone was when you were dead.”
This quote really hit me hard because of the truth in it. I mean, Superman has struggled for the last twenty years give or take to maintain relevance among the darker heroes, anti-heroes and the like with his Boy Scout image. And Batman is right, during that vying to maintain relevance, the only time he really shot back into the mainstream was with his death in The Death of Superman, which is a great and quintessential Superman story to read.
Superman has been around for seventy-five years and I guess I still find it peculiar the criticisms directed at him: that he’s behind the times, out of touch, too good, too powerful, too boring, etc.
How can someone be too good? What’s wrong with inspiring people and giving them hope? These are all laudable and necessary things that humans ought to strive for.