Originally Posted by Rgb
You either "get" superhero-ism or you don't
Your commentary highlights why I never really "got into" Superman (comics, various TV incarnations) other than the 50's Reeves as a toddler and the 70's Reeves (Superman 1 and 2 at least). Too infallible, too powerful and invincible, too many powers- basically the sum total capability of all other heroes with super human capabilities. How do you make a compelling story around that without continously resorting to other Krypton natives or derivatives and Kryptonite? I find the current Thor incarnation the equivalent (alien from a distant planet), but makes for better stories. I'm one of the few that liked the Green Lantern Reynolds movie, as more sci-fi tech related source of power and backstory.
I tend to like the heros that are either 100% human or with reasonable power limits + tech add ons- Batman, Green Arrow, Iron Man, Daredevil, even the Spiderman's of the world, with mechanical web shooters, not the Toby-esque genetic mutation wrist. Just somewhat stronger, more agile, well trained, etc. Basically Bond/Indy type heros or with some fluke enhancement.
Superman is an interesting case. He is a cosmic level hero so he shoukd be handling cosmic level threats, like Green Lantern or the Silver Surfer. But because he loves his adopted Earth and humanity so much, he chooses to stay close to home and tackle the smaller issues.
So as a consequence, the vast majority of the foes that Superman faces are no threat to him. They arent supposed to be. Supermans theme is that he embodies hope and hope should be unfailing.
Supermans challenges lie in balancing his secret identity, his love life and his hero persona. It lies in him keeping his true identity a secret, and the shenannigans that result when he is at risk of being exposed.
It lies in him trying to protect and care for the ones he loves while also being a shephard of all humanity. One of Superman's major flaws is that he cannot be everywhere at once, but often his attention is demanded in many places simultaneously. How does he solve this delimma? There is a reason why his nemesis is a genius rather than a bruiser on his own physical level, because Lex Luther can conceive of schemes that play on Supermans emotions and weaknesses. "There is a nuclear bomb set to go off in New Deli. Even with your speed and vision, it will take some time to find and dispose of it. And your pal Jimmy Olsen is exactly 2 minutes away from being executed. I will not tell you where. Who to save Kal El? You must choose. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu lives or your pal little Jimmy. Let us see if you are truly as selfless as the media claims you to be." THAT is how you challenge Superman.
And occasionally he will fail. Lets say he saves Jimmy inside the 2 minutes, theb flies at top speed to New Deli and searches the entire town in seconds, but fails to find the bomb. Luther lied. The bomb explodes in a small town outside of Bangaledesh. Only a thousand are killed. But now Superman is rocked with guilt that he took the time to save the life of his pal and others suffered for his selfishness. His confidence shaken, he now must face condemnation at the hands of the media.
SUPEMAN FAILS TO STOP BOMB IN INDIA. HUNDREDS DEAD.
That's when you hit Superman with a Kryptonian or alien overlord like Doomsday which Superman now has to face with shaken confidence in his abilities. But by the end of the battle, his dedication to protect humanity is reaffirmed and humanities confidence in his ability to protect them is restored.
There are ways of breaking a godlike being, even when you cannot pierce their flesh or break their bones.