Alan Moore Says Superhero Powers Would Be Useless In Real Life
According to Watchmen writer Alan Moore, superpowers would be useless if they existed in real life. He gave examples of powers and their mundane uses.
According to the iconic watchmen writer Alan Moore, superhero powers would be useless if they existed in real life. Moore expressed his subversive thoughts during a storytelling course for BBC Maestro.
The DC Universe includes many characters with extraordinary abilities, ranging from Aquaman who can communicate with fish to Green Lantern, who can manifest anything he can imagine through his power ring. In recent years, many writers and artists have grounded superheroes in stories meant to resemble the real world in order to connect with readers in new ways. If Superman is reimagined as Homelander in Garth Ennis The boys or Batman gets a more realistic Kevlar suit in a DC Black Label story, creators have often tried to bridge the gap between fiction and reality. Ironically, Alan Moore watchmen inspired many of these modern reimaginings of traditional heroes.
However, Moore believes that if people possessed superpowers in the real world, their abilities would be useless. In a storytelling lesson for BBC Maestro, the writer explained how he thinks superheroes would use their abilities if they were real. Moore expanded on the thought saying: “If you think about it, most superpowers are useless. If you have heat vision, how will it benefit you? Well, you can set things on fire. If you have a box of matches, you can set it on fire. The only thing heat vision would be good for is if you were to become some kind of short-term chef.”
Unlike how watchmen presented superheroes in a more grounded light based on their distinct personalities and shared nihilism, Moore is correct in his banality-based theory of superpowers. According to him, they would lose their epic, larger-than-life quality, becoming obsolete in their practicality. The writer went on to exemplify super speed saying: “If you could run really fast, what’s so important that you had to get there so soon, what would that power be for?” What job would you get with super speed? You would be in pizza delivery. There would be all these super fast characters flashing around town, delivering people’s pizza.
Although stories like watchmen and The boys are cynical in their approach to how superpowers would affect the psychology of the average person, Moore’s comments make those premises seem out of place. With speedsters like the Flash, the writer theorizes that such heroes wouldn’t save people – they’d just be good at their minimum wage jobs. Likewise, Superman wouldn’t defend the world against alien invaders with his heat vision. Instead, he would have a more convenient way to light a campfire or cook dinner. For a writer known for viewing superheroes as a threat to society, it’s ironic that his real-life idea of ”realistic superpowers” is so dismissive of what they could accomplish. by Alan Moore an unconventional perspective may not make for exciting storytelling, but it has a ring of truth to it.
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