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Why is Superman the most boring superhero ever?

Poor Clark Kent, he just can't seem to find his true identity. Is he mild mannered Kent or the impossibly indestructible alien known as Superman? These questions were considered irrelevant in 1938 when Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1. He didn't have to fly, or avoid kryptonite, or even defeat Lex Luthor. All he had to do was be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and leap tall building with a single bound (that's 'Jump' for all you non-English majors). His enemies were our enemies; thugs, mobsters, thieves, bank robbers, Nazis, and many other terrestrial bad guys. Sounds easy for the man from Krypton right?
In the Golden Age of Comics, Superman was THE man. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him or at least rescued by him. Clark Kent was useless and really only a tool for the reader to fantasize that even he, Joe Schmoe, could merely be living a secret identity and that he really possessed great powers for truth justice and the American way. He was the perfect fantasy figure for selling millions of comic books to young boys from coast to coast. Movies, radio serials, and television soon brought Superman to everyone around the world. He stood for the perfect American male.
So, what happened? Why has he struggled to maintain a strong readership? How come the movie franchise can't leap the box office as effortlessly as he can (1978's Superman not-with-standing)? Because one man has defeated Superman over and over again; Batman.
Bruce Wayne beats Clark Kent just by walking into a room. The impossibly rich and good looking bachelor/tragic orphan doesn't have to do anything and he still trounces Clark Kent. How is this possible? Blame Frank Miller's The Dark Night Returns (1986). Comic books reached a point of cultural renaissance with the debut of Miller's titular graphic novel. He redefined the medium as did Alan Moore's Watchmen (1986). Superheroes lacked emotional connections to readers as mere mortals lack super powers. Who can relate to Super-beings? So writers brought new human pathos and dramatic storylines that readers responded to in ways no one expected. Superman writers tried valiantly to make their hero relevant again and even went to far as to kill the un-killable man of steel (The Death of Superman, 1992). The event created a bit of a popularity surge to the franchise but it didn't last. Batman, even with a few strange and unfortunate film adaptations (see Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997), has dealt Superman a more lasting death.
Without a human condition, something for readers to respond to or find relevance in, Superman remains a super bore.

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