Why doesn't Superman just deal with other heroes' problems

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#1 Posted by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

My friend considers the DC Universe flawed because Superman exists in the same Universe as Batman and could therefore theoretically instantly solve any conflict that Batman has to deal with (i.e. Leviathan).

How can I convince him that this is hardly a reason to dismiss all DC comics?

#2 Edited by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

Repeat the motto: "It's just a story; I should really just relax."

The question is not "does Batman in a world of Supermen make sense?" the question is "is Batman entertaining?"

#3 Edited by sinestro_GL (3248 posts) - - Show Bio

@chrrome: Out of curiousity, does your friend read comics? I suspect not.

#4 Edited by RustyRoy (13200 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he's busy with his own problems, no one has much free time in comic books and Superman needs a break too. Btw this should be in Superman forum.

#5 Posted by CheeseSticks (2521 posts) - - Show Bio

Clark has his own problems

#6 Edited by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Well I put it in this forum because my friend and I were having a Batman discussion, but I suppose this applies to most DC heroes. I have tried telling him that maybe Superman is busy (although he should probably make time for world ending situations), and that he could just try to enjoy the self contained stories without worrying about it.

Also, no he does not read comics.

#7 Posted by MuyJingo (1792 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman despite his power can't always deal with Batman's problems.

#8 Edited by Zijuun (854 posts) - - Show Bio

@chrrome said:

Well I put it in this forum because my friend and I were having a Batman discussion, but I suppose this applies to most DC heroes. I have tried telling him that maybe Superman is busy (although he should probably make time for world ending situations), and that he could just try to enjoy the self contained stories without worrying about it.

Also, no he does not read comics.

I completely get where you're coming from with this. It's just a flaw that DC fanboys live with, something I can't do.

Z I J U U N

#9 Edited by acer51 (2246 posts) - - Show Bio

This kind of immersion breaking happens when your characters can do this....

#10 Posted by Knightfall225 (1995 posts) - - Show Bio

The joker and riddler would drive superman insane lol

#11 Posted by M3th (2099 posts) - - Show Bio

Read Mark Waids Irredeemable from BOOM Studios and you'll see why. [×]

#12 Posted by The Stegman (25002 posts) - - Show Bio

1. He has his own problems

2. He respects the other heroes and their work to just butt in like that

3. Imagine how pissed Batman would be if Superman solved all the crime in Gotham.

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#13 Posted by drgnx (3565 posts) - - Show Bio

This was addressed in Superman/Batman: Superman and Batman switch cities for a day and Superman admits there is too much crime for even himself to solve, but once Batman gets his powers, he makes a greater difference than even Superman did but becomes too obsessed and needs to be stopped.

#14 Edited by ULTRAstarkiller (6249 posts) - - Show Bio

Cause with all his powers he's mentally weak even though his mind works fast he doesn't think as well as Bruce.

#15 Posted by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio

Because Superman has about a million other problems to deal with. I don't see why it matters

#16 Posted by ChrRome (12 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't necessarily mean he would deal with the problems that lie with Gotham City. It was more in reference to potential world changing events like Leviathan in Batman Incorporated.

#17 Posted by danhimself (22623 posts) - - Show Bio

because it's a comic book and if Superman solved all of the problems then DC couldn't sell Batman stories...that's why...none of the stuff people said above

#18 Edited by Jayc1324 (12767 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

In no man's land superman came to help and got some electricity back to the city, but it didnt go as he planned and he realized that he doesn't understand how gotham's criminals worked and left.

#19 Posted by WIshIWasSuperman (1351 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

You know that makes no sense right? If they're afraid why the hell are they still criminals? The whole "fear the night" thing only applies to petty thieves and nobody henchmen characters. Hardly the villains like Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Bane, etc... In reality within the stories, Batman is no more effective than any other superhero - because the villains get to live and keep breaking out of jail/Arkham, and do it all again. I'm not saying he should kill, but I mean come on... Batman's so good at what he does and "instilling fear" Gotham has the highest crime rate of any city anywhere ever. They have so many criminals they managed to turn half the city into a prison.

#20 Posted by joshmightbe (24937 posts) - - Show Bio

@zijuun: You could also ask why Thor or Hulk don't just handle all the Marvel U's problems, the answer is not everything can be like DBZ where the mostly useless cast gets slapped around until one of the 3 or 4 people that actually can compete with the god like beast that's doing said slapping to show up.

#21 Posted by BigCimmerian (8575 posts) - - Show Bio

Clark has his own problems

Clark can hear any sound on Earth wherevere it is. He can hear Joker laughs in Gotham while eating his cereal in Smallville. He's faster than light which means he can clear Gotham in less than a minute considering some of Gothamites will be a little dificult to beat. One question that is bothering me is, why didn't Bruce put Damian into Justice League Watchtower instead of Batcave when Talia attacked with Leviathan lol. If my son was being attacked by every assassin on Earth, I'd call every available Superhero and place Damian in Fortress of Solitude or Watchtower, comic books are messed up man.

#22 Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND (1235 posts) - - Show Bio

1. It would make shit comics.

2. Often times I noticed Batmans problems with villains haven't really been a physical one. For example the Joker, Batmans problem with Joker has never been his ability to beat him in hand to hand combat, it has been figuring out where Joker plans to strike next in order to prevent loss of life.

As for Leviathan, what good is all that strength if he can't figure out what exactly Leviathan is, where they are located, what their goals are, and how and when they are to be executed.

#23 Edited by Jayc1324 (12767 posts) - - Show Bio

@wishiwassuperman: Actually most of his villians are afraid of him, and they are more scared of him than they are of superman. Scarecrow stated that the only thing he fears is batman. They aren't gonna stop being criminals because its a comic book, but batman instills more fear in gotham than superman can.

Like batman has said before, it's his city, he's the only one fit to protect it.

#24 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman has his own dilemmas to pay attention to. Your friends needs to read more comics.

#25 Posted by WIshIWasSuperman (1351 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

@wishiwassuperman: Actually most of his villians are afraid of him, and they are more scared of him than they are of superman. Scarecrow stated that the only thing he fears is batman. They aren't gonna stop being criminals because its a comic book, but batman instills more fear in gotham than superman can.

Like batman has said before, it's his city, he's the only one fit to protect it.

I think you missed my point - instilling fear isn't accomplishing anything. It's a pointless goal to have. It doesn't stop crime or deter it in any way, the villains keep coming back to do whatever it is they wanna do, and Batman is constantly portrayed to be fighting a battle he can't win.... thus I give you...

Someone else said it would make boring comics - that is the only reason they don't do it as it's actually the perfectly logical reason.

#26 Posted by joshmightbe (24937 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

@wishiwassuperman: Actually most of his villians are afraid of him, and they are more scared of him than they are of superman. Scarecrow stated that the only thing he fears is batman. They aren't gonna stop being criminals because its a comic book, but batman instills more fear in gotham than superman can.

Like batman has said before, it's his city, he's the only one fit to protect it.

Red Son Superman would scare the s**t out of the worst Gotham has to offer.

#27 Posted by Jayc1324 (12767 posts) - - Show Bio
#28 Posted by JetiiMitra (8710 posts) - - Show Bio

For the same reason Iron Man doesn't fix everyone's computer.

#29 Posted by Alak (928 posts) - - Show Bio

He doesn't deal with other heroes' problems because it's not in his character to do so. What I mean by that is Clark has his own life to live. While he could potentially become a god on Earth, he chooses to live a pretty average lifestyle by working as a reporter and pursuing a relationship with those such as Lois Lane. On his free time, he hangs out with colleagues and helps with the farm work for his mother. Developing relationships with the people of Metropolis, with his parents, and with the Justice League takes a lot of time and effort even for a hero like Superman.

When Batman found himself with Kryptonian powers, he essentially wiped out crime across the globe. He never stopped to eat, drink, talk, sleep, or anything else that human beings do. He had a complete disregard for government and Justice League authorities. Bruce eventually developed an extreme approach to countering crime and terrorism, and that led to him fighting old friends such as Nightwing and Wonder Woman. If you really want to know what it would be like to have a Superman who worked 24/7 without any breaks, then this is a really good preview. I believe the arc is Superman/Batman #53-56.

#30 Posted by w0nd (3707 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

In no man's land superman came to help and got some electricity back to the city, but it didnt go as he planned and he realized that he doesn't understand how gotham's criminals worked and left.

but why are they afraid of him, they wont be killed. they just take the beating.

#31 Posted by TheMGR (194 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he's to busy banging lois

#32 Posted by Jayc1324 (12767 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd: I don't know that's just how writers write him. He's batman, he's just a scary guy. Scarecrow fears him because he always overcomes his fear has and kicks his butt for example. But this is kinda off topic.

#33 Edited by RustyRoy (13200 posts) - - Show Bio

You know that makes no sense right? If they're afraid why the hell are they still criminals? The whole "fear the night" thing only applies to petty thieves and nobody henchmen characters. Hardly the villains like Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Bane, etc... In reality within the stories, Batman is no more effective than any other superhero - because the villains get to live and keep breaking out of jail/Arkham, and do it all again. I'm not saying he should kill, but I mean come on... Batman's so good at what he does and "instilling fear" Gotham has the highest crime rate of any city anywhere ever. They have so many criminals they managed to turn half the city into a prison.

The crime rate was already high in Gotham when Bruce became Batman, I don't think Metropolis had Supervillains running around the city before Superman came.

#34 Posted by DEGRAAF (7895 posts) - - Show Bio

@chrrome:

There is actually a Superman/Batman story where Batman gets Superman's powers and does just that. He does around trying to abolish crime across the entire world or something. I wish i could tell you the arc or the issue but it was Pre New 52. If you can find out which one it is i would point him to it as to why one hero capable of solving all problems doesnt.

#35 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

Different villains require different heroes.

Superman is the greatest hero in DC, and he's an exemplar of truth and justice.

But he's not psychologically equipped to deal with Gotham's villains. He's better off taking on demi-gods and aliens, not the darkest recesses of humanity. He wanted to kill Manchester Black over Black killing prisoners, imagine how he'd feel after seeing the Mad Hatter molest a child, or Joker blowing up a school bus.

#36 Posted by joshmightbe (24937 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd said:

@jayc1324 said:

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

In no man's land superman came to help and got some electricity back to the city, but it didnt go as he planned and he realized that he doesn't understand how gotham's criminals worked and left.

but why are they afraid of him, they wont be killed. they just take the beating.

To be fair nobody really wants to take a beating, aside from masochists.

#37 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

Different villains require different heroes.

Superman is the greatest hero in DC, and he's an exemplar of truth and justice.

But he's not psychologically equipped to deal with Gotham's villains. He's better off taking on demi-gods and aliens, not the darkest recesses of humanity. He wanted to kill Manchester Black over Black killing prisoners, imagine how he'd feel after seeing the Mad Hatter molest a child, or Joker blowing up a school bus.

did that really happen? o_O

#38 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd said:

@jayc1324 said:

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

In no man's land superman came to help and got some electricity back to the city, but it didnt go as he planned and he realized that he doesn't understand how gotham's criminals worked and left.

but why are they afraid of him, they wont be killed. they just take the beating.

They are psychologically compelled to continue to act in a way that they know will result in Batman coming after them, and so the only thing they have to live for is the unlikely chance of success. Which will never come, because Batman always beats them.

Batman isn't frightening to a guy like Scarecrow because he'll punch him, he's terrifying because no matter what the Scarecrow does his life will never amount to more than being bested by Batman.

#39 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: In the Arkham Asylum graphic novel, Mad Hatter is a pedophile.

#40 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio
#41 Posted by Vitalius (1996 posts) - - Show Bio

Why Kyle Rayner doesnt bring Damian Wayne to life with his white ring ? Why Wonder Woman doesnt ask to any magical hero or Hera to turn back the amazons to normal? Because that would be too easy to do and wouldn´t have moments like this to have characters deveploments.

#42 Posted by Vitalius (1996 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull:

How mean like Toyman is pedofile on comics and Lex Luthor is sociopath that want ultimate power to prove that he better than superman and ploting against humanity.

#43 Posted by w0nd (3707 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd said:

@jayc1324 said:

I don't think superman would do a proper job in Gotham. He'd jail them and they'd get out and do it again because they know that he won't kill them. A lot of criminals don't even fear superman because he's so nice.

But then again they break out after batman jails them, and they know that he doesn't kill either. But the difference is that batman installs fear into them and makes them fear the night itself.

In no man's land superman came to help and got some electricity back to the city, but it didnt go as he planned and he realized that he doesn't understand how gotham's criminals worked and left.

but why are they afraid of him, they wont be killed. they just take the beating.

To be fair nobody really wants to take a beating, aside from masochists.

yeah but superman does punch people too. thats the thing...he's just more respectful about it lol

#44 Edited by joshmightbe (24937 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd: Also the fact that human villains aren't terrified of Superman on at least some basic animal instinct alone is possibly the least realistic thing about comics as a whole. Lets face it in the real world Superman would scare the living s**t out of everyone simply by existing.

#45 Posted by entropy_aegis (15453 posts) - - Show Bio

@fadetoblackbolt said:

@theacidskull: In the Arkham Asylum graphic novel, Mad Hatter is a pedophile.

wow, that's dark.

He has a fetish for tea,hats and blond,little girls.After the Joker he most likely has the highest kill count in Gotham.

#46 Posted by entropy_aegis (15453 posts) - - Show Bio

Unless he kills them it wont matter,they'll just escape from prison,and while Supes is too busy rounding them up Atomic Skull blows up Metropolis.

#47 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull said:

@fadetoblackbolt said:

@theacidskull: In the Arkham Asylum graphic novel, Mad Hatter is a pedophile.

wow, that's dark.

He has a fetish for tea,hats and blond,little girls.After the Joker he most likely has the highest kill count in Gotham.

i thought that'd be Two-face after joker O_O

#48 Posted by entropy_aegis (15453 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: Nah it's Hatter,he once had a room full of dead little girls.

#49 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

@theacidskull: Nah it's Hatter,he once had a room full of dead little girls.

f*ck man. didn't know he was such a dark character o_O

#50 Posted by entropy_aegis (15453 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis said:

@theacidskull: Nah it's Hatter,he once had a room full of dead little girls.

f*ck man. didn't know he was such a dark character o_O

He's also pretty powerful,mind control is his specialty.

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