Wasteland: Picture Brainiac as the logical sci-fi extension of AI research and crimefighting/counterterrorism: an ultra-authoritarian Big Brother that manages to infest most of the world's networks before anyone notices what it's up to. It demands that humanity live in peace as rational beings- and will nuke us, turn drones on us or simply take all our toys away, the moment we make one false move. Like Superman, it's a transhuman intelligence with its own notions of Truth and Justice and a vision for humanity's future. It has no body to punch, no secret core system to heat-vision into slag, and can hold the entire species hostage against Supes and his interference. Even if Brainiac is bluffing on that last point, it may well be that the only way to stop it is to undo the entire Information Age and then start over from untainted systems.
karasoth: Bill Frist: dalbuc: Superman also has no rivals anyone cares about. Batman has rivals that people want to see - the Joker being likely the best arch-villain out there. Superman doesn't have anyone that sniffs Joker level and really nothing at the Catwoman/Penguin level.Lex is a cool villain, but everyone else in Superman's rogue gallery is pretty farking dumb. I mean, who are the next biggest ones? Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptlk?LexBraniacZod (his big entry into comics was pretty awesome)DarksideCyborg-SupermanMetalloBizarroParasiteMister MxyzptlkDoomsdayToyman
WhippingBoy: That's uh... quite the bulge that Shazam is packing...
downstairs: CPT Ethanolic: Batman is easier because of the "dark" past. It's the same reason that goth poetry is easy. Selling misery/darkness is always easier than selling hope.Never thought of it that way, good analogy.
kroonermanblack: Especially since he has EVERY super power known to man, and has it better than the premier exemplar of it anyway.
had98c: Maybe it's harder because these stupid comic book characters have been done and redone a bazillion times already. How about trying something original for once?
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