I saw Iron Man yesterday; if you're considering seeing it, you can read my glowing review here.
The link between the superhero and the great detective is clear. What made Holmes such a memorable fellow was that he enjoyed, with every case, both SUCCESS and SUPERIORITY. We wouldn't want Holmes, or any of our favorite detectives, to have anything less. We WANT them to out-think, out-maneuver, and generally out-shine the experts and the know-it-alls. We want to watch them succeed, because we are able to live vicariously through their success. And in the case of the amateur detectives, we want to see the underdog achieve greatness.
The superhero takes that a step further. A "normal" person is placed into a dangerous situation, but is provided with surprising new skills that allow him or her to face that danger and conquer it. The superhero becomes a metaphor for courage.
I've been contemplating superheroes in general; I was playing online (do you ever do that?) and I ran across this quiz. If you take it, it will tell you what sort of superhero you would most likely be.
I would have the power of SUPER SPEED. This seems appropriate, since I would most certainly enjoy that power. I wouldn't have to ride in any vehicle--I would just rely on my own shell and my super velocity.
What about you? Take the quiz at the bottom and share your results.
Your Superpower Should Be Super Speed
You're quick witted and fast to act.
You're mind works at warp speed. From your perspective, everyone else is living in slow motion.
You get so much done, people have accused you of not sleeping.
Definitely not a couch potato, you feel a bit crazy if you're not busy doing something.
Why you would be a good superhero: You're be the first on the scene... and likely to finish the job before anyone else shows up
Your biggest problem as a superhero: Being bored by everyone else. Including other superheroes!