To boot, most superheroes are silly fare.
But yes, there are those that are pretty easy to write.
Batman, for instance. Boy promises to avenge his parents’ grisly deaths, travels the world to become a human weapon, and dresses up like Satan for a one-man campaign against crime.
The concept is ridiculously simple. The stories you can come up with are legion.
You can put Batman in any continent, in any decade in history. You can make him young, make him old. You can make him be anything—from pulp-era mystery man to quipping mod to militaristic vigilante—and get away with a story that raises the heartbeats of readers. You can put him anywhere: from comic books to cartoons to movies to video games, and still spin endless spools of plot.
However, there are those that could give even eggheads the likes of Grant Morrison or Neil Gaiman bouts of mental block before coming up with a passable tale.
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A grounding in the world of espionage, as opposed to Spider-Man’s slice-of-life Brooklyn, could have made things more interesting, but a genre spaghetti of an origin have sent many writers cross-eyed when tackling her.
No wonder, we got two Nicholas Cage movies already and movie producers are still scratching their scalps.
Characters whose origins are of a supernatural bent are very tricky to write.
He’s a ghost. He doesn’t bleed.
And we’re eternally bored.
Until now, nobody knows how Wonder Woman can die.
And knowing that your hero can die anytime is what makes us riveted to a story. It’s the very fuel of storytelling.
That alone, no matter how much Game of Thrones–inspired magic dust writers can sprinkle on her story, is what makes writing her a headache.
Although nothing could be a more striking visual than Silver Surfer, a naked man bathed in chrome who rides through outer space on a surfboard, there’s not much interesting to write home about, once you’ve milked every sad rumination he has about the cosmos, the way Stan Lee wrote him in the ‘60s.
It could be that Silver Surfer is better as a supporting character than a star of his own show.
Don’t get me wrong. His alter ego, Bruce Banner is really interesting. He’s literally a ticking time bomb, a fugitive from the law with more father issues, anger management problems and struggles with self-esteem than the DSM.
But once the nebbish scientist hulks out, everything becomes boring. Everything becomes disaster porn. I mean, how long can one follow a green giant of pure id (Editor’s Note: changed from “with the brain of an autistic child”. The author apologizes for his choice words) smashing buildings into confetti for issue after issue after issue?
It’s not one of rainbow bridges.
Again, Thor is just so strong, that we’re never worried about him.
And it takes so much to suspend disbelief on the fact that an advanced alien race like his talks like villagers from medieval times.
You know what he is in a nutshell? He-Man.
That’s the thing. With the Joker, you don’t know what he wants when he wakes up in the morning.
A character whose modus operandi is chaos begs for a rare and canny mind for a story about him to work.
Besides this, everyone has his own take on the Crown Prince of Crime. He’s changed through the years faster than Madonna ever could. He’s been everything from a low-life hoodlum to his current incarnation: a Saw-inspired serial killer. There are no hard and fast rules when writing him.
Some say he’s difficult to write because his very concept is obsolete; he’s a fossil from the 1930s. Some say Superman’s death knell rang when Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns came out in 1989. And since it has embraced the anti-hero, the world no longer needs a Superman.
[SPOILER ALERT! Stop now if you still intend to see the movie.]
The Big Blue Boy Scout surely needs a grayer morality. But when a writer dials things up a notch and have him snap the neck of General Zod, an angry mob comes to crucify him.
Oy. Which way can one really go?