I’m at a conundrum and I need the help of Superhero fans!!
I’ve been asked and inspired to write a female superhero that is heroic, vulnerable, multi-dimensional and something that girls and women can look up to.
I’ve reached several problems that are formulaic standards in successful heroes and I need to know just how important they are to superhero fans. Because if I’m gonna do a superhero story, it’s gonna be good and it’s going to be for the fans.
1) How Epic Does the Character Name Need to be?
The name seems as though it needs to be epic. Superman, Wonder Woman, Rogue, Batman, Thor, Magneto, Hellboy, The Hulk etc…
Names of Superhero’s seem to have either their powers, abilities or physical traits in the name.
I even see superhero names that are objects: Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Blade, Storm.
Is Percy Jackson a superhero even though he doesn’t have a superhero-like name?
2) Are Healer Powers Lame?
This relates to my first question because if powers or traits should be in the name of the superhero than anything I put with Healer might be a double lame-ness.
Blade has healing powers but he’s also a daywalker (vampire) so that can take away the lame-ness if you’re into vampires.
Wolverine has healing powers but he’s an angry… with claws…
3) When does a Superhero story turn into a Fantasy story and no longer a superhero?
Superhero’s seem to be on both sides of science-fiction and fantasy.
Batman and Ironman powers come from devices they construct (science), and super-solider projects like Cpt American, Hulk and Wolverine (science), Storm is a priestess/goddess. (fantasy) Thor is a god. (fantasy) Wonder Woman is a Amazon Princess Daughter to a goddess (fantasy), Superman is an alien (science?).
I know they are wizards, but is Gandolf or Harry Potter a superhero?
Is Katniss from Hunger Games a superhero?
Is Neo from Matrix a superhero?
My husband’s thoughts are that if the world is based in reality or modern day – it’s Superhero. If the word is fantasy (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter) then it’s fantasy and not a superhero.
4) Does none of this matter as long as the costume is awesome?
Please leave a comment. I’ll even re-post comments from Facebook on here and I could really use your help. I want to get it right for all the girls who have been waiting for a female superhero.